Guide

Importing CAP goods

Common Agricultural Policy and fresh fruit, vegetables and processed produce

This page explains the special import controls relating to fresh fruit and vegetables, and processed produce.

Fresh bananas

You'll only need an import licence if you want to import fresh bananas at the full rate of duty.

Fresh garlic

If you want to import garlic from third countries, you must have either an 'A' import licence to import under quota arrangements or a 'B' licence to import under non-quota arrangements.

Imports under quota arrangements allow you to import garlic at an ad valorem customs duty rate whereas non-quota imports are subject to both an ad valorem duty rate and a specific duty rate per tonne. Read more aboutĀ Common Agricultural Policy charges and for the different valuation methods seeĀ how to value your imports for customs duty and trade statistics.

You should check whether your trading records will qualify you as a traditional importer or as a new importer of garlic.

The distinction between traditional and new importers determines who can apply for garlic import licences under tariff quotas.

Under European Regulation, Commission Regulation (EU) No 328/2010, the category of importers permitted to apply for import licences under the tariff quota system will be enlarged to include exporters of garlic to third countries who meet certain criteria and who lodge a prescribed security per tonne. You can download Commission Regulation (EU) No 328/2010 on the new garlic importer rights (PDF, 712K).

Fresh apples

You'll need an import licence for imports of certain apples. If you have questions about whether your goods will require an import licence, you can email the RPA team that deals with their import directly at fruitvegimports@rpa.gsi.gov.uk.

Other fresh fruit and vegetables

From time to time, other products may have a minimum import price fixed to them, so if the import price is less than the minimum price, a countervailing charge may be levied to bring the amount you pay up to the minimum price.

Processed fruit and vegetables

Various types of processed fruit and vegetables require an import licence from time to time. If you have questions about whether your goods will require an import licence, you can email the RPA team that deals with their import directly at fruitvegimports@rpa.gsi.gov.uk.