Due to the United Kingdom’s leaving as of 1 January 2021 as part of Brexit, Calais becomes an entry point into the European Union.
Any merchandise of animal or vegetal origin will be subject to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) border controls before they are allowed to circulate through the European Union’s territory.
These inspections will be performed on the site prepared for this purpose. It is called SIVEP (department of veterinary and phytosanitary border control) and is located in Calais’ harbor.
Said inspections are independent from other customs procedures.
Veterinary and phytosanitary services must first allow the goods’ entry on the EU’s territory before any other kind of procedures.
In the event the goods are denied entry due to conformity issues, there will be two possible options:
You must manage all your importations in TRACES and register them before departure from the United Kingdom.
Operations registered in TRACES are the only ones allowed to enter the European territory, and only when they receive a positive assessment from the SIVEP for the SPS control.
Operations that were not registered in TRACES prior to their departure will be immediately sent back to the United Kingdom, before even being allowed to pass the inspection.
WARNING: The wooden palettes and dunnages used to transport products must be marked at the NIMP15 standard. Non-compliance with this rule will lead to the vehicles being sent back to the United Kingdom.
Certain SIVEP offices can only deal with specific veterinary or phytosanitary products. Consequently, you will need to verify that you send your transporters to the correct location of inspection.
For example, the office in Calais is not authorized to examine seafood, so you will need to send the transporters to Boulogne sur Mer.