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High Risk Food Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO)


High Risk Food Not of Animal Origin Third Country

High Risk Food Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) that originates from a Rest of World (RoW) and transits through the EU are subject to controls. 

The BCP at Dover Port is currently approved for:

  • Pistachios from Iran,
  • Pistachios from Turkey,
  • Dried Figs from Turkey, 
  • Hazelnuts from Turkey.

Any HRFNAO from a Rest of World which is not covered by the commodities listed above will not be able to enter via Dover unless it has already passed official SPS checks (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) in an EU country and can demonstrate evidence in the form of an EU endorsed CHED-D  where it will be treated as EU origin.

Procedure of Pre-Notification and Endorsement of CHED-D

Importers will be required to pre-notify the Port Health Authority at least 1 working day ahead of arrival. This is done by creating a CHED-D on IPAFFS and submitting accompanying documents to include Official Certificate, Sampling and Results of Analysis (if required), commercial and transport documents

This only applies to the current RoW goods which Dover BCP is authorised to receive (see above).

Satisfactory documentary checks must be completed by Dover Port Health BEFORE the consignment leaves Dover district. Once the goods arrive in Dover, the driver should remain within the Dover district, and the original documents must then be presented to our offices for checks to be completed.

Please note that any Official Certificate and Sampling and Results of Analysis  must travel and remain with the consignment prior to arrival in Dover.

List of Uk BCPS

A list of UK BCPs for animal and animal products can be found here UK border control posts: animal and animal product imports - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Physical Checks and Sampling

 Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 sets out the frequency that HRFNAO products must be sampled upon entry to GB.

Dover Port Health will contact you to tell you if your consignment is subject to sampling upon arrival at Dover and give instructions on the procedure to follow.

These checks are conducted at Dover Cargo Terminal by Port Health Officers.

If your consignment has been selected for sampling, the remainder of the consignment that has been sampled must be detained in Dover until results are returned from the laboratory.

If your consignment fails laboratory testing, please see our guidance regarding Retesting of Failed Laboratory sample.

Important Points to Remember

It is recommended that drivers make use of the Motis Dover parking facilities, whilst appropriate checks are pending. Please note, if an offload or examination of the foodstuffs is required, this must be done at the Border Control Post Dover Cargo Terminal and not Motis.  

The CHED-D is then used by the BCP to indicate which checks have been carried out and the outcome of those checks. Upon the checks satisfactory completion, the document (CHED-D Part II) is stamped and signed by a Port Health Officer.  

Upon satisfactory checks, the goods would be permitted to proceed further and travel to inland destinations. 

Products failing to satisfy import conditions will be rejected and an officer will advise on available outcomes. In most instances the consignment must either go for destruction or be redispatch to a country outside of Great Britain (conditions apply). All costs for destruction, re-export or any other controls are to be met by the person responsible for the consignment.

The list of foodstuffs with current restrictions can be found here Foodstuffs with GB import restrictions | Food Standards Agency

The list of emerging risk products is reviewed every six months. 

High Risk Food Not of Animal Origin – EU


There are currently no EU- origin HRFNAO, and if RoW HRFNAO is imported into the EU and subsequently exported to GB. It will be treated as EU origin if an EU endorsed CHED-D is supplied.

For HRFNAO originating from RoW and being directly imported into GB, prenotification is still required 1 day in advance via IPAFFS.

A list of UK BCPs for animal and animal products can be found here UK border control posts: animal and animal product imports - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Fees and Charges

Our current fees and charges can be found here

Please note there are additional costs for storage at the BCP and laboratory fees for sampling that will be incurred by the importer. This is in addition to Port Health charges

Please email porthealth@dover.gov.uk to set up a payment account prior to the arrival of an Import.

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