EU Origin fish
From 1 January 2021, EU origin marine caught fishery products which are imported into Great Britain will fall within the scope of the IUU Regulations.
There will not be an IUU Customs hold on consignments of fish from the EU covered by the IUU requirements from the 1 January 2021. Importers will still need to pre-notify Port Health of these imports and submit their IUU documents in advance to PHAs, in-line with the IUU Regulations. The only exception to this will be for imports of Bluefin Tuna and Antarctic and Patagonian Toothfish which will be subject to a Customs hold. Imports from non-EU countries will continue to have a Customs hold on fish products.
These imports are required to be pre-notified at least four working hours before the estimated time of arrival at the port. Our office hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 hours. If you have a consignment which is due to arrive on Saturday at 13:00 hours, this would need to be pre-notified by 13:00 hours on Friday.
The importer will be required to register for a PHILIS account to enable completion of the online pre-notification form which may take several days to be approved. Once approved, a confirmation email will be received by the importer which will contain their log in details and organisation number.
A ‘help’ section can be found under the support button within the PHILIS system once you have logged in which provides information on how to submit a pre-notification. You will have to complete the mandatory boxes and then save and submit the pre-notification. A box will appear stating ‘Submitted successfully.
*Consignment means products which are either
- sent simultaneously from one exporter to one consignee, or
- covered by a single transport document covering their shipment from the exporter to the consignee.