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

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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 a Border Control Post (BCP) for products of animal origin.

Advice is available within the Importing Products of Animal Origin section of Food Standards Agency website and at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)/Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

HM Revenue & Customs and Border Force are responsible for the control of illegal food imports.

Imported food of non-animal origin

Grangemouth is a Border Control Post for high-risk food not of animal origin.

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 relevant BCPs.

Information can be found within the Imported Products not of Animal Origin section of Food Standards Scotland website.

A list of high-risk foodstuffs can be found at Importing high-risk food and feed into GB within Food Standards Agency website.

Plastic kitchenware

Grangemouth is a Border Control Post 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. 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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges for importing food can be found at Grangemouth Border Control Post (BCP).

Personal food imports

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