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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 April 2021 and physical / sampling checks from 1 July 2021. Until these dates, any consignments requiring official controls should be referred to www.gov.uk for advice and information.

You can also find information on HMRC Customs and International Trade Helpline on the government website.

You can download the haulier's handbook from the government website.

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.

Find a Covid testing site.

View more information for hauliers on our Brexit guidance for businesses webpage.

Food Imports

We are not currently operating as a Border Control Post (BCP).  We are live from 1 April 2021 to undertake document checks and from 1 July 2021 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 to here.

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 imports@apha.gov.uk.

If you require assistance on High-Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin, please contact the food standards agency by email via imported.food@food.gov.uk.

Exports

If you require assistance on Exports please visit the government website.

If you require assistance on products of animal origin, you can contact the APHA by email via imports@apha.gov.uk

If you require assistance on high-risk food not of animal origin, please contact the food standards agency by email via imported.food@food.gov.uk.

Export Health Certificates

Please refer to our website for further details or visit the government website.

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.

Latest updates

Find out the latest updates on the government website.

How to access Sevington Inland Border Facility

You can find out how to access Sevington Inland Border Facility on the government website.

How to access Waterbrook Inland Border Facility

You can find out how to access Waterbrook Inland Border Facility on the government website.

EU Transition Period

The transition period has now ended. Are ready for Brexit? Find out if you're ready for Brexit on the government website.

Contact us

Email: porthealth@ashford.gov.uk

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, Mersham, Ashford.