New controls for certain imports of nuts, figs and dried fruit

26 January 2010

New import controls have been established following on from Commission Regulation 1152/2009 concerning certain imports of nuts, figs and dried fruit and certain products made from these items.

What are the new requirements

From 25 January 2010, HMRC’s National Clearance Hub (NCH) will not release the goods detailed in the table below until evidence has been received that the health checks conducted by Port Health Authorities have been satisfactorily completed. This will be communicated in one of two ways:

• A copy of part 2 of the Common Entry Document (CED) endorsed with a UK Port Health/Local Authority endorsement faxed or emailed to NCH by the importer, agent or the relevant Port Health or Local Authority or;
• An electronic coded message generated through the port inventory system by Port Health at certain maritime ports.

The following will also have to be declared in Box 44 of the Customs declaration (SAD/C88)

• Document Code N852 (representing a Common Entry Document)
• The relevant CED reference number(s)
• The relevant status code which will be AG

Whilst these requirements will not become mandatory in 25 January, it is advised importers start to use the new provisions.

What are the products in question?

The Table below highlights the products in question, the commodity codes they are classified under and the country of origin.

Commodity Code

Description of Goods

Country of Origin

0801.21.00 Brazil nuts in shell Brazil
Almonds in shell or shelled USA
Hazelnuts in shell or shelled Turkey
0802.50.00 Pistachios Turkey
0804.20.90 Dried Figs Turkey
0813.50 Mixtures of nuts and dried fruits Brazil
1106.30.90 Hazelnuts, figs and pistachios flour meal, powder and paste Turkey
Groundnuts China
Fig, pistachios and hazelnut paste Turkey
Groundnuts China
2008.19 Prepared or preserved hazelnuts, figs and pistachios Turkey
Roasted Pistachios Iran

Next Steps

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