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New Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Requirements in 2022

SPS requirements for animal products, live animals, plants and plant products, and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin will be changing during 2022.

ACT Forwarding & Logistics are working with our clients to ensure a smooth transition when the new procedures come in to place. We have put together this blog post to answer some of the main questions you may have around this, but as always, please do contact us should you have anything unanswered.


What is changing?

The requirements for importing animal products, live animals, plants and plant products, and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO) will be changing throughout 2022 with extra requirements being phased in throughout the year from January 2022, July, September and November covering the final changes.

The menu below will not only show you what is going to be required, but also when those changes will be enforced for the relevant categories.

Meat and Meat Products

Animal by-products (ABP)

High-risk food not of animal origin (HRFNAO)

Live animals

Germinal products

Regulated plants and plant products

Dairy products

Composite Products

Fish and fish products

All remaining regulated products of animal origin


IPAFFS Pre-Notifications

The import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) will play an essential part in importing your relevant products from 2022, and importers are going to be responsible for ensuring that their goods have been pre-notified to HMRC before they arrive in the UK.

You can sign up here using either an existing Government Gateway account or creating a new one. The administrator account can invite and remove other team members to the IPAFFS service account, and it is advisable to have multiple users signed up where possible.

What information will I need to input?

  • Type of goods (i.e product of animal origin)

  • Commodity code and type

  • Commodity weight

  • Date of arrival into GB

  • Reason for import (i.e internal market, transit, research)

  • Consignment's place of destination

  • Address and contact details:

    • for place of origin

    • importer

    • place of destination

  • Port of entry

This notification will create an 'IMP' reference, which must be included on your customs declarations and on the CHED from 20th June.


Common Health Entry Document (CHED)

The CHED will be generated on IPAFFS from 20th June and is an electronic record of movement for live animals and animal or plant origin products.

This will be used by the person responsible for the load when presenting goods for inspection at a BCP. The reference will need to be included on your customs declaration so must be provided to your customs agent and importantly, the CHED must be retained by the importer for 3 years following import for any future HMRC auditing.

There are four different versions of a CHED which you may come across:

  • CHED A - Live Animals

  • CHED D - High-risk food not of animal origin

  • CHED P - Products of animal origin

  • CHED PP - Plants, plant products and propagating material


Useful Resource

The best resource we have found is a Dropbox document that HMRC have put together which covers the latest news, fact sheets, groupage shipments, export health certificates and breakdowns for each import type too.


Should you have any further questions, contact us today with your particular case and we will do what we can to help you prepare for these changes and ensure all of your customs requirements are completed.


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