Guidance

Import of products, animals, food and feed system

Use this service to notify authorities you are planning to import animals, animal products, high-risk food or animal feed of non-animal origin into the UK.

Until the UK leaves the EU you must continue to use the EU’s TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) to notify authorities you are planning to import into the UK.

You can still use IPAFFS for testing and training but notifications will not be valid. Tell us how it can be improved by emailing APHAServiceDesk@apha.gov.uk.

This service allows you to create part 1 of a:

  • CVED (common veterinary entry document)
  • CED (common entry document)

The import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) is for imports from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

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Before you start

If you have not registered for IPAFFS before, you’ll need to create a Government Gateway account for the business or organisation you represent.

If you have a personal Government Gateway account, you should create a new one so that your business contact details are linked to it. You need your email address, phone number and postal address.

If you’re registering on behalf of a business or organisation, you also need the:

  • main contact details for your business or organisation (for example, for head office)
  • Companies House number if you’re registering on behalf of a limited company

When to notify

Submit your notification as early as you can, even if you do not have all the details.

When to notify for animal products

You must submit your notification before the consignment is unloaded.

When to notify for animals, high-risk food and animal feed of non-animal origin

You must submit your notification one working day before the consignment is due to arrive.

Find out more about how to use IPAFFS on GOV.UK.

Published 18 March 2019
Last updated 17 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added note that IPAFFS is currently for testing and training only. Importers should continue to use TRACES to notify authorities of imports into the UK.
  2. First published.