Southampton-based Meachers Global Logistics is preparing its customers for legal changes on importing animal products from the European Union into Great Britain.

New rules for imports of animal-origin products, including meat and dairy goods, will be introduced by the government in January 2022 and all UK importers and their EU suppliers must make sure they are compliant. Failure to comply could lead to shipments being refused entry to the UK or goods destroyed.

The requirements include pre-notifying authorities on consignments entering Great Britain and uploading a certified Export Health Certificate (EHC) using the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS).

Meachers’ Operations Director Rob Lewis says UK businesses should ensure they plan ahead to comply with the changes and avoid delays in the delivery of products. Britain’s supply chains are already affected by an international shortage of HGV drivers.

He said: “This past year has seen challenges impacting the transport logistics industry, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. These have affected food deliveries to Britain’s supermarkets and food outlets.

“As a leading provider of high-quality transport logistics, freight forwarding, supply chain management, UK warehousing, distribution and logistics transport, Meachers is flagging up the forthcoming changes to support our customers.

“It’s important that all businesses have the correct documentation for importing goods to ensure they comply with the requirements in the new year.”

For more details about the new rules for importing animal products from the European Union, visit IMPORTING GOODS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION.pdf

To find out more please call Meachers Global Logistics on 02380 739999 or visit www.meachersglobal.com