By law we have a duty to control the importation of non-EU foodstuffs.

  1. Table of contents

Port Health Officers monitor the imports of food and feed by checking the manifests. If the information on the manifest is not sufficiently detailed or it appears that the consignment should be subject to controls it will be held/detained at the port. The nominated agent will be notified that it's detained.

If your consignment is detained you will need to contact Port Health providing further information. If you do not believe that it should be subject to port health controls, documents such as a copy of the invoice and Bill of Lading will be required to prove what the consignment is. If your consignment is a controlled product you will need to provide the relevant certification.

Products of animal origin (POAO)

Grangemouth is not a Border Inspection Post (BIP).

Importers bringing in POAO must have their consignment cleared at an EU BIP before arriving at Grangemouth. You must also have a Certificate of Veterinary Examination Document (CVED). All conditions for your consignment should be met before import. You may face penalties for non-compliance, including your consignment being re-exported or destroyed.

There are controls on food and feed imported from Japan.

Advice is freely available from Food Standards Scotland or by contacting the Duty Port Health Officer.

EU Border Control information can be found on the European Commission website.

UK legislation is available on the Office of Public Sector Information website.

HM Revenue & Customs are responsible for the control of smuggled illegal food imports.

Imported food of non-animal origin

Grangemouth is not a Designated Point of Entry (DPE).

Some products are subject to enhanced import controls where there are known or emerging risks, and can only enter via specific ports that are approved to receive them. Such products are known as high risk products and can only enter through (DPEs).

A list of high risk products can be found within the Products not of Animal Origin section of Food Standards Scotland website.

A Common Entry Document (CED) is required for high risk products before you arrive at Grangemouth or consignments could be re-exported or destroyed.

Imported food cargoes are checked to make sure they comply with a number of regulations. We may take samples to make sure the cargo meets regulations. Rejected cargoes are re-exported or destroyed. They may be allowed to proceed under strict supervision under some circumstances.

Plastic kitchenware

Grangemouth is a First Point of Introduction for plastic kitchenware from China and Hong Kong.

To import plastic kitchenware from China or Hong Kong you must meet The Plastic Kitchenware (Conditions on Imports from China) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Importers/food businesses must pre-notify Port Health at least 2 working days in advance of the estimated date of arrival of consignments. The importer must submit a declaration and a laboratory report for each consignment confirming that it meets the requirements concerning the release of primary aromatic amines and formaldehyde. There is a charge for this service.

Food Standards Scotland has more information.

Organic imports

Grangemouth Port Health must be notified at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of a consignment of organic produce.

A Certificate of Inspection must be provided for each consignment so the Port Health Officers can carry out the verification. There is a charge of £45 to verify each Certificate.

More information is available from DEFRA.

Personal food imports

More information on this is available from the GOV.UK website.