Guide

Overseas veterinary certificates and Border Inspection Posts

Held and rejected consignments of Products of Animal Origin

Your product of animal origin (POAO) consignments will be checked at the Border Inspection Post (BIP) by the resident official veterinary surgeon (OVS) or official fish inspector (OFI). If your goods fail the inspection, the consignment will have to be either destroyed, or transported outside the European Union (EU).

Rejected consignments

The Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) form that accompanies each of your consignments will show if the goods have been rejected. Consignments that are rejected must be either re-exported or destroyed. If you decide to re-export the consignment this must take place using the same transport method that you originally used to import the goods to the BIP. Also, all other EU BIPs will be notified of the re-export via the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed to prevent the goods being illegally reintroduced into the Community via another port. The re-export must take place within 60 days or you will be charged for the destruction of the consignment.

The consignment can only be re-exported if it doesn't present a serious animal or public health risk and with the agreement of the OVS/OFI.

Held consignments

Your consignment cannot be removed from the port until the checks have been completed and the CVED issued. If you remove your consignment from the BIP before the checks have been completed it will be dealt with as an illegal import and may be destroyed.

Customs clearance will not be given in respect of your consignment until the veterinary checks have been satisfactorily completed and all fees paid.

Consignments that have already made an intra-community journey can still be detained by the OVS if they believe your consignment poses a health risk, even though it's been documented as acceptable in another member state. Your goods could be destroyed or permission given to use the goods for another acceptable purpose. In all cases you've the right to appeal against a decision via judicial review or a magistrate's court.