Importing & Exporting

Import Licences and certificates from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 you’ll need to get a licence or certificate to import some types of goods into the UK. You might also need to pay an inspection fee for some goods before they are allowed into the UK. You can find out more here.

Export Licences and certificates from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 you’ll need to get a licence or certificate to export some types of goods from the UK.  You can find out more here.

New rules for pallets and other solid wood packaging

It is important to bear in mind, that when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, it will no longer enjoy the plant health exemption we have since ISPM 15’s introduction in 2002.

If there is a no-deal Brexit, then any goods being exported to the EU will have to be ISPM15 compliant. The EU exporters will also have to ensure that any pallets they use are also ISPM15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures for wood packaging in the international movement of goods) compliant.

The essence of which will be that as wood packaging material is a low risk to plant health the level of inspection will be in accordance with the risk.
However, the industry, including UK and EU manufacturers, will have and have been working to achieving 100% ISPM15 compliance.

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