By law we have a duty to control the importation of non-EU foodstuffs.
Products of animal origin (POAO)
Importers bringing in POAO must have their consignment cleared at an EU Border Inspection
Post (BIP) before arriving at Grangemouth. You must also have a Certificate of Veterinary
Examination Document (CVED). All conditions for your consignment should be met before
import. You may face penalties for non-compliance, including your consignment being
re-exported or destroyed.
There are controls on food and feed imported from Japan. More information is available
Food Standards website.
Advice is freely available from the Food Standards Scotland website or by contacting
the Duty Port Health Officer.
EU Border Control information can be found on the
European Commission website.
UK legislation is available on the Office
of Public Sector Information website.
& Customs are responsible for the control of smuggled illegal food imports.
Imported food of non-animal origin
Grangemouth is not a Designated Point of Entry (DPE) for some food cargoes, including
types of peppers, nuts and vine fruits. A DPE and Certificate of Entry (CED) are
needed before you arrive at Grangemouth or consignments could be re-exported or
Imported food cargoes are checked to make sure they comply with a number of regulations.
We take samples to test and make sure the cargo meets regulations. Rejected cargoes
are re-exported or destroyed. They may be allowed to proceed under strict supervision
under some circumstances.
To import plastic kitchenware from China or Hong Kong you must meet The Plastic Kitchenware
(Conditions on Imports from China) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. The
Food Standards Agency has more information.
We must be notified of the organic produce being imported before its arrival. Each
cargo needs a Certificate of Inspection from its country of origin so our inspectors
can verify these cargoes. This service has a charge and importers should consult
More information is available from
You can get an export certificate from our office and there will be an inspection
and service charge, see below:
Verification Certificate for Import of Organic Foods
Personal food imports
More information on this is available from the