Border Inspection Posts

Live animals and animal products from countries outside the EU must be imported via a port or airport with a Border Inspection Post (BIP) approved for that product/animal where it will be checked by an official veterinary surgeon, or for fishery products, an EHO.  The UK ports and airports with BIPs are listed below.  BIPs in other Member States are available on the Commission’s website.

UK BIPs for animal products

BIP Approved for carrying out checks on:
Belfast Airport Packaged animal products not intended for human consumption which are imported under ambient and chilled temperatures.
Belfast Port Frozen animal products for human consumption.
Frozen animal products not intended for human consumption.
Bristol Port Animal products for human consumption at frozen and ambient temperatures only.
Animal products not intended for human consumption which are imported under ambient temperatures.
East Midlands Packaged Animal products for human consumption imported at ambient temperatures. 
Packaged animal products not intended for human consumption imported at ambient temperatures.
Falmouth Fishery products only
Felixstowe All animal products for human consumption.
Animal products not intended for human consumption at frozen and ambient temperatures only.
Gatwick Airport Packaged animal products for human consumption.
Packaged animal products not intended for human consumption.
Glasgow Airport Suspended
Grimsby-Immingham Frozen animal products for human comsumption.
Heathrow Packaged animal products for human consumption.
Packaged animal products not intended for human consumption.
Hull Suspended
Invergordon Processed animal proteins only.
Liverpool All packaged animal products for human consumption
All packaged animal products not intended for human consumption
London Gateway All animal products for human consumption.
All animal products not intended for human consumption.
Manchester Airport Packaged animal products for human consumption.
Packaged animal products not intended for human consumption.
Peterhead Frozen packaged fishery products only.
Southampton All animal products for human consumption.
All animal products not intended for human consumption.
Stansted Airport Packaged animal products for human consumption imported at ambient temperatures.
Packaged animals products not intended for human consumption imported at ambient temperatures.
Thamesport All packaged animal products for human consumption
All packaged animal products not intended for human consumption
Tilbury All animal products for human consumption.
Animal products not intended for human consumption at frozen and ambient temperatures only.

UK BIPs for live animals 

Border Inspection Post Live Animals Remarks
Name Type Ungulates (1) Registered Equidae (2) Other Animals
Edinburgh
 Airport
- - Yes Dogs, cats, ferrets, lagomorphs, amphibians, reptiles, tropical ornamental animals  and rodents
Gatwick
Airport

 

    Yes  
Heathrow
Airport
Yes Yes Yes -
Manchester
Airport
- - Yes Fish, Reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians only.
Manston
Airport 
Yes Yes    
Stansted
Airport
Yes Yes    
Prestwick
Airport
Yes Yes    

(1)  Ungulates include cattle, swine, sheep and goats, deer, alpaca, llama and other wild and domestic cloven hoofed animals and solipeds.

(2)  As defined in Directive 2009/156/EC on health conditions governing the movement of equidae and their import from third countries.

(3)  Not a Border Inspection Post for any species of animals specified in the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974, as amended by the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals (Amendment) Order 1994.

Page last modified: 17 February 2014