Products of animal origin - international trade regulations

What happens if my product of animal origin goods aren't cleared?

If your products of animal origin (POAO) aren't cleared at the Border Control Post (BCP), you will be given a control notice that explains the reasons why.

Your options when entry is denied

There are usually two options open for goods refused entry - re-export or destruction.

As long as the products are not a risk to animal or human health and safety, they can be re-exported outside the European Union (EU). This must be done within 60 days of the initial rejection, and all certification and documentation for the goods will be amended to show the goods have been rejected.

If you choose to destroy the goods, you must ensure they are destroyed at the approved rendering plant/incinerator nearest to the Border Inspection Post (BIP). See our guide on dealing with animal by-products.

Bear in mind, however, that if the destruction of consignments leads to the creation of by-products that can safely be used and marketed, you may do so. You must work closely with the Defra vets at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in these cases.

In all cases of rejection you're liable for the costs, such as storage and inspection of the goods before re-export and any costs related to transport and destruction.

You can appeal against any decision to reject your consignments, but you should consider whether it's worthwhile before you do. Read more about appeals for rejected products of animal origin.