Food: UK Trade with EU

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th May 2022.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the Government's expenditure on preparations for implementing proposed sanitary and phytosanitary checks on food imports from the EU as of 10 May 2022.

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

Over the last two years Defra has worked with stakeholders and delivery partners to develop the capability to deliver new SPS border controls on goods arriving in England from the EU. The figures below cover IT delivery, staffing costs and infrastructure.

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Implementation Preparations





Digital Delivery




Includes IPAFFS and proportion of overheads

Imports Policy




Includes Plants and Animals

PHA Fund







Includes funds for PHA staff to end of April 2022


BCP Spend to date









Includes Sevington and Dover construction only, which are DEFRA funded.

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