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Import Controls

Purpose of Import Controls

Import Controls apply in UK whether you are importing goods from another European Union (EU) country or a non-EU country (also called third country).  There are special rules, regulations and restrictions when you are attempting to bring in agricultural products or hazardous products.  The purpose of such import controls is to protect the country from the potential harm from some classes of goods available from other countries.

Import Controls - Agricultural & Food Overview

Special permission is required to import Agricultural & Food products into the UK.  An Agricultural License from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is required if you decide to import agricultural products of any kind regardless whether they come from an EU country or a third country. HM Revenue & Customs' Common Agricultural Policy may also limit the quantity of imported agricultural products in the form of import quotas.

Import Controls - Food Products

Special permission is required to import Agricultural & Food products into the UK.  An Agricultural License from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is required if you decide to import agricultural products of any kind regardless whether they come from an EU country or a third country. HM Revenue & Customs' Common Agricultural Policy may also limit the quantity of imported agricultural products in the form of import quotas.

Import Controls - Fish & Fishery Products

To control the import and export of illegal marine life, all fishery products from EU and non-EU countries must meet certain requirements.  The type fish and fishery products which are considered as illegal can be obtained from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

 

Importation of Dissostichus fish species (also known as Patagonian toothfish or Chilean seabass) is controlled by the Convention on the Conservation of Antartic Marine Living Sources (CCAMLR).  It will require a Catch Document.

Import Controls - Prohibitions, Restrictions and Licenses

Beyond what is typically required, there are some imports which will need special licenses or certificates.  These are typically considered as dangerous goods.  You will need to check with the individual governing bodies for the industry of the imported goods in question.  

 

Here are some examples of these types of goods: