Third Country origin
Products Subject to Import Checks
The Regulation applies to marine caught fishery products. Freshwater and farmed (aquaculture) fish and marine fish imported for ornamental purposes fall outside of the scope of the Regulation 1005/2008. A full list of exempt products can be found in Annex of the Regulation.
The Regulation also applies to composite fishery products (i.e. products which contain wild caught fish and other ingredients). If the product falls under CN Code 03, 1604 an d1605 a catch certificate will be required.
You may be required to provide written confirmation form HMRC Tariff Classification Team of the commodity code for your consignment
The Regulation requires importers to notify Port Health 3 days before the consignment is landed. This has been reduced to 4 working hours before the consignments intended arrival for Ro-Ro and airfreight. 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. Supporting documentation (catch certificate, sea waybill, invoice, packing list etc.) can be attached to the pre-notification or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All imports will be subjected to a documentary check to ensure that the catch certificate and associated paperwork relates to the consignment and that it is valid. The catch certificate template will be checked along with the stamps and signatures of the Flag State, vessel details against the list of vessels known to have been engaged in illegal fishing activities, catch areas and Regional Fishery Management Organisation information where applicable.
Where there may be a discrepancy between the catch certificate and associated paperwork, additional checks may be undertaken on the consignment including identity and physical checks and DNA analysis for fish species identification.
Upon completion of satisfactory checks, the paperwork will be signed and stamped by the Port Health Authority and returned to the agent who will need to submit a copy of the endorsed catch certificate to HMRC to enable the consignment to be released.
Where checks are undertaken on a catch certificate and significant issues are discovered which are in breach on the Regulations, a notice will be served. Depending on the reason for the unsatisfactory checks, the importer may be able to re-export the product outside of the country. However, if the fish is deemed to have been fished illegally it may be confiscated or destroyed.
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.