Manchester City Council

Environmental problems Imported foods

Imported non animal origin food (NAO)

Foods (not of animal origin) imported from outside the European Union, are required to comply with the conditions laid down in the Official Feed and Food Controls ( England ) Regulations 2009.

Since 25 January 2010, some foods have been subject to increased levels of checks due to known or emerging problems. These foods are listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) 669/2009 and (EC) 1152/2009.  Produce and documents have to be presented at a Designated Point of Entry (DPE) or Designated Point of Inspection (DPI) for entry into the EU.

Food business operators are required to give at least four hours advanced notification of the importation of such high-risk products.  The documentation that is required includes:   

  • Part 1 of a Common Entry Document (CED)
  • Phytosanitary certificates
  • Airway bill
  • Invoices and packing lists (if available)
  • Any other relevant accompanying documentation.

Each consignment will be subject to a documentary, identity and physical check where appropriate before Part 2 of the CED is completed. The fully completed CED is required for customs clearance purposes.

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