Imports of Sanitary & Phytosanitary Goods (SPS) into Newhaven

Importers and import agents must use IPAFFS to pre-notify the UK authorities before the following goods arrive from EU and non-EU countries:

  • live animals (not permitted via Newhaven unless domestic pets)
  • germinal products
  • animal by-products 
  • high-risk food and feed not of animal origin 
  • products of animal origin 
  • composite food products
  • **medium and high-risk plants and plant products

 **Plant & Plant Products can be inspected at an alternative Control Point after arriving via Newhaven Plant imports: authorised border control posts in the UK - GOV.UK (

Please find a useful link that provides background information covering plant & plant products from the EU. 

Import plants and plant products from the EU to Great Britain - GOV.UK (

Pre-notifications will be assessed via IPAFFS and may result in Documentary, Identity and/or physical inspections of the goods at the UK border. Importers and/or their agents will be notified of the inspection requirements for their goods via the IPAFFS system, and the Importer/Agent must then inform their haulier or haulage company that the goods have been selected for checks and instruct them to drive to the BCP. It is the legal responsibility of the importer to route a consignment that has been selected for checks to the nominated BCP.

The haulier will also be advised via the GVMS system either when the GMR is issued or when onboard the ferry via the GVMS monitors and the Mobile/Tablet App.
The haulier must ensure they have an orange coloured BCP - SPS - SIVEP - LE PIF placard on display in their windscreen. These are available at check-in at Dieppe or at the reception desk onboard the ferries. They are also available at North Gate in Newhaven for last minute notifications for BCP checks advised by the Authorities/Agencies. 

NB: Not all SPS goods will need to be inspected. If you are not notified - you do not need to attend the BCP.


Newhaven BCP is formally designated to conduct official controls on the following commodities:

  • Plants [P]
  • Plant Products [PP]
  • Other Objects [OO]
  • Products of Animal Origin [POA]
  • Products of Non-Animal Origin including plastic and kitchenware [PNAO]


The Newhaven BCP code is GBNHV11.

Inspection operating hours will depend on the relevent inspecting agency (Port Health Authority or APHA). Contact details below.

For Newhaven the physical checks will be carried out at:

Newhaven Border Control Post  

Dock Gate 4

McKinlay Way

East Quay

Newhaven Harbour

East Sussex

BN9 0BN.


Route from Newhaven Ferry Port to Newhaven BCP 

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BCP Operator:

Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd

Admin Office

East Quay


BN9 0BN.

01273 612926
Fees:- BCP Operator Charges

Port Health Authority - (POAO and PNOA):

Newhaven Port Health Authority                                        

Lewes District Council                                

1st Floor                                         

Newhaven Ferry Terminal                                       

Railway Approach                                       


BN9 0DF.

01273 471600

Fees -


Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) – (P and PP and OO).

Address: APHA, 1st Floor, Building 4, Heathrow Boulevard, 284 Bath Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0DQ.


Imports Helpdesk: 0300 1000 313 (Opt. 1)

Fees -  EU Imports to England & Wales Fees April 2024 - UK Plant Health Information Portal (



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