Sevington Inland Border Facility
Note to Agents and Importers
Imports and exports: general enquiries
Ashford Port Health are not currently operating as a Border Control Post (BCP). The facility is in the process of being built. Ashford Port Health will be required to carry out official controls on food and feed, including document checks from 1 October 2021 and physical / sampling checks from 1 January 2022. Until these dates, any consignments requiring official controls should be referred to www.gov.uk for advice and information.
Information and Advice sites have been set up in 45 locations (also mentioned in the handbook) where hauliers and businesses can find out about the rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and EU.
View more information for hauliers on our Brexit guidance for businesses webpage.
IUU Catch Certificates
Ashford Port Health are not currently operating as a Border Control Post (BCP). We will be live for IUU Catch Certificates in the near future. Until that date please complete the Dover PHA online pre-notification form and send the accompanying documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are not currently operating as a Border Control Post (BCP). We are live from 1 October 2021 to undertake document checks and from 1 January 2022 the BCP will be open to undertake physical, identity and sampling checks as required.
If you are an agent wishing to provide information on the types of commodities you intend to import once we are operational then you should make contact with us.
We are particularly interested in the specific types of food or feed consignments you are intending to import, the frequency and the size or volume of consignments. We would also request details on the Country of origin and if it is transiting through the EU from a third Country.
If you need operational advice in relation to importing goods from the European Union, please refer to the Border Operating Model.
If you require assistance on products of animal origin, you can contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) by email via email@example.com.
If you require assistance on High-Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin, please contact the food standards agency by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require assistance on products of animal origin, you can contact the APHA by email via email@example.com
If you require assistance on high-risk food not of animal origin, please contact the food standards agency by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Export Health Certificates
The role of Ashford Borough Council at the Facility
At the Facility Ashford Borough Council’s Port Health Team will be responsible for enforcement of particular imported food controls of foods arriving into the UK via Eurotunnel. These include foods from the EU and the rest of the world.
Imported food controls are designed to protect the population from imported infectious diseases and to ensure food safety and hygiene standards are in place.
This work involves carrying out checks on food documentation, physically examining foods and taking samples for analysis.
Visit the Food Standards Agency website, which contains information on commercial and personal food imports.
To make a payment, please use our Port Health Payment Form.
How to access Sevington Inland Border Facility
How to access Waterbrook Inland Border Facility
EU Transition Period
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Website: Visit the Ashford Port Health website.
Address: The site is still under construction and the Port Health Team are not yet on site. Any mail for the Port Health Team should be directed to Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL until the site becomes fully operational.
Once operational the site address is: Sevington Inland Border Facility, Ashford.
Should you have any questions, concerns or complaints about the Sevington Inland Border Facility or junction 10a please note the below:
The Inland Border Facility was permitted under a Special Development Order by Government. Similarly, junction 10a was a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) scheme led by the Planning Inspectorate with consultation on the scheme being the responsibility of Highways England.
For further information on the scheme visit:
National Infrastructure Planning page on M20 Junction 10a - M20 Junction 10A | National Infrastructure Planning (planninginspectorate.gov.uk)
Any complaints regarding traffic noise from junction 10a should be directed to Highways England - Complaints procedure - Highways England
Visual and lighting impact:
Any complaints regarding visual impact and lighting of night sky as a result of the IBF should be directed to Department for Transport directly - Department for Transport - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)