Q.33 At non-inventory controlled ports, how will the BCP identify and control vehicles arriving with POAO / HRFNAO?
A. Importers are required to submit a pre-notification which indicates the commodity being imported to the PHA. All POAO and HRFNAO consignments will be liable to documentary checks from 1st October and physical checks at the BCP from 1st January.
Q.32 Have you got an example of a stowage report that would /could be used ?
A. DEFRA's options development process has focused on existing groupage models developed for GB to NI movements. In advance of any DEFRA guidance, "DAERA Guidance for the Collection and Movement of SPS Goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland through Groupage" has practical advice on the steps that traders can take to ensure compliance and helpful tips for sealing and loading groupage consignments:
Q.31 Has any cost impact analysis assessment been undertaken in conjunction with the sector for trade within an internal market - GB to NI? These processes may be ok for single product movements but do add considerable costs and time delays to the process and affects time sensitive loads.
A. DEFRA continue to work with industry to support movements of goods into Northern Ireland, including goods with are time sensitive.
Q.30 To our knowledge Dover BCP is Western Docks, and EU traffic is currently via Eastern Docks. Dover BCP current published hours are Mon-Fri 9-5, and in fact according to published info no BCP's are currently 24/7. Isn't this a massive escalation needed between now and 2022 - will it be achieved ?
A. From 1 October you can continue to import animal products via any point of entry. From 1 January you will be required to arrive at a POE with an appropriately designated BCP. Defra is working closely with Port Health Authorities to ensure they are sufficiently resourced to carry out the checks in both October and January.
Q.29 There seem to be some data sharing issues which means BCPs may not get required data. Is this factored in? Can you advise on the data sharing issues that mean IPAFFS may not pass the data onto BCPs?
A. The simplified pre-notification process that POAO traders will use from October does not go directly to the BCPs as traders are able to enter at any Point of Entry (POE) and do not have to route through a designated BCP PoE until 1st January. From the 1st of January when BCP routing requirements and inspections at the PoE are introduced, PHAs / LAs operating the BCP will have direct access into IPAFFS to see all relevant notifications, and this is an established process already used for third country imports.
Q.28 SPS documentary checks at BCPs are shown on this presentation as happening on arrival.This will not work where the BCP is
at a port and the traffic is unaccompanied. Documentary checks need to be carried out prior to vessel arrival.
A. This is correct - the DEFRA slide during the presentation showed a simplified process for the purposes of the presentation.
Q.27 How are transits (using the GB landbridge to & from ROI / EU) going to be controlled?
A. DEFRA will make more detail on SPS requirements for landbridge movements available shortly, and will include in our dedicated webinars.
Q.26 Can we have more guidance on food of animal origin or plant origin which are exempt?
A. DEFRA will make a webinar on composite products available shortly, which will cover situations where products may be exempt from SPS controls at the border. Please do register for that session or access the recording online. Guidance can also be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-or-move-composite-products-from-the-eu-and-northern-ireland-to-great-britain
Q.25 Do we have any confirmation on what is actually happening with IPAFFS on 1st October?
A. Pre-notification via IPAFFS is a requirement for the import of animal products from 1 October 2021. There will be dedicated sessions and recordings made available on how to register and complete the notification.
Q.24 The inland BCPs for Holyhead, South Wales and Cairnryan will not be ready for 1 January 2022. What contingency plans will be put in place to ensure the continued carriage of SPS products on the relevant routes?
A. SPS checks are devolved and it is the responsibility of the Welsh and Scottish governments to deliver the required infrastructure. Defra will continue to work closely with colleagues in the DAs to develop contingency plans as standard across all areas of the SPS imports regime.