IMPORT CONTROLS FOR FOOD AND FEED FROM JAPAN

 

Background

Following the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster on 11 March 2011 controls were introduced to ensure food and feed safety regarding radiation contamination.

Legislation

If you are importing food or feed from Japan you will need to follow the import requirements laid down in UK retained Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6 (as amended).

Summarised Import Requirements

The regulation specifies that food and feed may only enter through an appropriately approved BCP (Border Control Post) for ‘high-risk food/feed of non-animal origin’ (HRFNAO) or ‘products of animal origin’ (PoAO) as applicable. Felixstowe is designated for both and therefore all controlled products can be imported subject to the conditions set out.

Specified Products and Controlled Prefectures

The table below summarises the specified products and controlled prefectures. Controls are in place as follows:

  • All specified products from all prefectures in Japan are required to be accompanied by a CHED and a Declaration. The current specified products and their CN codes are in the first two columns of the below table.
  • If the specified products are from a controlled prefecture they must be accompanied by an analytical report containing the results of sampling and analysis in addition to the CHED and Declaration. The ‘X’ in the below table indicates which products from which prefectures require the analytical report.

These requirements (declaration and analytical report) cover imports of fishery products caught or harvested in the coastal waters of the prefecture of Fukushima, irrespective of where such products are landed.

Composite/Compound products

The controls also apply to any products consisting of greater than 50% of a specified product (from a controlled prefecture). Where the origin of the ingredients (at more than 50%) is unclear the product must be accompanied by an analytical report containing the results of sampling and analysis.

If you are importing a composite product which contains any of the controlled foods as an ingredient, in order to enable faster clearances, you are recommended to submit a copy of the ingredients to Port Health for checking (port.health@scpha.gov.uk)

Specified Products

Controlled Prefectures

Product or compound product with >50% of ingredient of concernCN CodesFukushimaMiyagiGunmaYamanashi, Yamagata or Shizuoka or ShizuokaIbaraki, Nagano or Niigata
Mushrooms and derived products

0709 51 00

0709 59

0710 80 61

0710 80 69

0711 51 00

0711 59 00

0712 31 00

0712 32 00

0712 33 00

ex 0712 39 00

2003 10

2003 90

ex 2005 99 80

XXXX 
Fish and fishery products (with the exception of Japanese amberjack, Yellowtail amberjack, Greater amberjack, Japanese seabream, White trevally, Pacific Bluefin tuna, Pacific chub mackerel – see specified CN codes in Annex II of 2019/1787)

0302

0303

0304

0305

0308

1504 10

1504 20

1604

X    
Aralia species and derived products

ex 0709 99

ex 0710 80

ex 0711 90

ex 0712 90

XXX  
Bamboo shoots and derived products

ex 0709 99

ex 0710 80

ex 0711 90

ex 0712 90

ex 2004 90

2005 91 00

XX   
Bracken and derived products

ex 0709 99

ex 0710 80

ex 0711 90

ex 0712 90

 X   
Koshiabura and derived products

ex 0709 99

ex 0710 80

ex 0711 90

ex 0712 90

XXXXX
Japanese persimmon and derived products

0810 70 00

ex 0811 90

ex 0812 90

ex 0813 50

X    

Documentary Requirements

All consignments must be accompanied by a declaration in the correct format.

Consignments of specified products from controlled prefectures must also be accompanied by an analytical report containing the results of the sampling and analysis.  Where the consignment is from a controlled prefecture the declaration must be signed by an authorised representative of the Japanese competent authorities.

Where the consignment is not from a controlled prefecture the declaration may be signed by an authorised representative of the Japanese competent authorities or by a representative of the region designated by the competent authority official.

All consignments must be identified by a code, which must be marked on the packaging and all the documentation accompanying the consignment including the:-

  • Declaration.
  • Analytical report (for controlled prefectures).
  • Sanitary certificate (where required).
  • Commercial documents which accompany the consignment.

Definition of consignment

The definition of consignment for this Regulation:

  • For products of animal origin a consignment is whatever is covered by the veterinary certificate/document as provided for by veterinary legislation.
  • For products of non-animal origin a consignment is products covered by the same CN code coming from the same origin (same region and producer in Japan).

Multiple small lots of products in the same container

In the interest of reducing the administrative burden, a reduced documentation requirement has been agreed for a container consisting of multiple small lots of products of non-animal origin (NAO):

  • For all lots of specified feed and food of non-animal origin, all originating in Japan outside the controlled prefectures, all these lots can be accompanied by one single declaration/CHED-D by which all the individual lots are listed with the respective quantity in a list as annex to the declaration.
  • All lots of specified feed and food of non-animal origin originating in Japan within the  controlled prefectures have to be accompanied by a separate declaration/CHED-D and analytical report for each lot.
  • All consignments of feed and food of animal origin (PoAO), including fish and fishery products, originating in Japan (regardless of prefecture) have to be accompanied by a separate declaration/CHED-P for each consignment (and for the consignments of specified products originating in the controlled prefectures by an analytical report for the consignment).

Consignments not accompanied by declarations and a CHED will be refused import.

Prior Notification

Port Health must be notified at least 2 days prior to the arrival of a specified consignment by submission of a CHED to the BCP (Border Control Post).

Documentary Checks

It is a requirement that documentary checks are carried out on all specified consignments.

Identity and Physical Checks

Identity and Physical checks, including laboratory analysis for the presence of caesium-134 and caesium-137, will be carried out at random.  Consignments will be detained at the port until results of testing and analysis are received from the laboratory.

Customs Clearance

In order for a consignment to obtain release for free circulation, the declaration/CHED endorsed by port health must be notified to Customs on the entry to enable clearance via ALVS.

Costs

All costs resulting from these checks, including the cost of documentary checks, sampling and analysis and any enforcement measures taken in respect of a failed consignment have to be met by the importer.  View the current fees.