Approval and operation of Plant Health Inspection Facilities at Place of First Arrival if there's no Brexit deal

How facilities for plant health controlled commodities imported from non-EU countries via roll on roll off terminals can get designation if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.



Use this guidance to help you complete the application forms for Approval of premises as Place of First Arrival.

This guide explains:

  • how to request approval for your site to operate as a Place of First Arrival (PoFA)
  • how to operate your PoFA site
  • the site requirements for a PoFA
  • plant health site inspections and enforcement

It relates to imports from non-EU countries via roll on roll off ports (RoRo).

Plants and plant products

This guidance explains how to import plants and plant products into England and Wales.

If you’re entering plants or plant products directly into Scotland or Northern Ireland, the local plant health authority explains what you need to do.

Wood and timber products

This guide explains how to import wood and timber products into England, Scotland and Wales.

Check with the local plant health authority in Northern Ireland about its import rules.

Published 19 December 2018
Last updated 12 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added a document explaining the PoFA process for wood and timber products.
  2. a mistake corrected in how Welsh legislation was referred to
  3. changed 7.2 to Dunnage and solid wood packaging material (WPM) must be ISPM15 compliant. Compliant WPM does not require further inspection or treatment non-compliant WPM requires remedial action. It was: ISPM 15 compliant timber packaging/dunnage does not require further inspection or treatment if it is stored separately from other imported timber packaging/dunnage.
  4. First published.