Importing food from outside the EU

Every consignment of Product of Animal Origin (POAO) which originates or is dispatched from countries outside the EU must enter the UK through designated Border Inspection Ports for example Southampton. In all cases it is the owner and importer's responsibility to ensure they are aware of and comply with any legal requirements.

There is much EU legislation governing imports of these products and from time to time requirements and additional conditions may change. It is therefore beneficial to contact us at port.health@southampton.gov.uk, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify any specific import conditions particular to your consignment prior to it being exported.