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Imported food and other goods

Gatwick Airport 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.

Why we have Import controls

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.

What are the European Union Countries?

A list of the countries in the EU can be found on the link below.

Border Inspection Posts

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.

Office Opening Hours

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.

Port Health Charges

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.

Border Inspection Port Charges

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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(01293) 438747 or
Mobile: 07836 274124 (01293) 568281 imported.food@crawley.gov.uk click to contact us
Port Health
Room 122 Timberham House
Timberham Farm Road
World Cargo Centre
Gatwick Airport
West Sussex
RH6 0EY

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(01293) 438747 or
Mobile: 07836 274124

fax: (01293) 568281

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address:
Port Health
Room 122 Timberham House
Timberham Farm Road
World Cargo Centre
Gatwick Airport
West Sussex
RH6 0EY

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