Animal and Plant Health Agency: Customs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th March 2022.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2022 to Question 121866, on Animal and Plant Health Agency: Customs, at how many commercial ports construction work is underway to build the necessary infrastructure and facilities to enable the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks to be carried out from 1 July 2022.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

21 ports are building the necessary infrastructure and facilities to enable the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks to be carried out from 1 July 2022.

For plants and plant products, a total of 47 applications are being/have recently been processed for new inspection facilities. This includes 22 new or extended Border Control Posts (BCPs). The remainder are either ‘inspection centres’ (7) or ‘control points’ (18).

Sea ports: Sevington, Bristol, Dover, Immingham, Heysham, Hull, Killingholme, Liverpool, Purfleet, Thamesport, London Gateway, Tilbury 2, Newhaven, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton, Harwich, Felixstowe, Tees and Tyne.

Inclusion on this list does not mean that ports will be designated as BCPs.

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