The main types of food that are imported through London Gatwick Airport are fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. They are highly perishable products and are transported by airfreight to ensure that they remain fresh and marketable when they reach their final destination.
This information is intended for importers who want to import products of animal origin (POAO) and certain non-animal origin (NAO) goods which originate or are dispatched from a non-EU country, into the UK or other EU state via London Gatwick Airport.
There are also restrictions governing the import of POAO and NAO items which are not used as food, but for other purposes. Most animal and some vegetable products fall within the scope of Port Health checks
These pages are intended as a guide only and are not an authoritative statement of law or policy.
The United Kingdom is free from many diseases, prevalent in other parts of the world, that affect livestock and other animals. Controls are in place to help prevent the introduction of these diseases into the United Kingdom or other EU states and are necessary to protect both animal and human health.
Not all goods are subject to import controls, so it is worth spending some time contacting the relevant authorities to find out whether the goods you want to import are subject to any specific controls.
A list of the countries in the EU can be found on the link below.
There are two Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) at Gatwick Airport. One, the Products BIP, deals with Products of Animal Origin; the other, the Live Animal BIP, deals with live animals not for human consumption.
Fishery Products may be cleared on any day. Other products of animal origin must be cleared by the Official Veterinary Surgeon, who is in attendance on a call out basis. Products of animal origin will be held at the Border Inspection Post until the Official Veterinary Surgeon is available.
Under The Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Import) (England) Regulations, Port Health are required to charge for the veterinary checks. This charge relates to the inspection of the goods, examination of the relevant documentation and the issue of the appropriate documentation. This charge applies whether the goods are cleared for importation or not. The charges are reviewed annually to ensure that they reflect the actual costs of the inspection process.
The Border Inspection Post charges relate to the charges levied by Animal Aircare, who operate the Border Inspection Post, and these cover physical handling and storage of the goods at the Border Inspection Post for inspection.
For more information on the Border Inspection Post charges, contact the co-ordinator, Carl Smart (Animal Aircare) on 07739 200 367.
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