Border Control Post (BCP)

A Border Control Post (BCP) is a place where animals, plants, and their products coming into the UK from the EU and other third countries via seaports or airports are checked. These inspections are carried out to ensure that regulations are complied with and animal, plant, and public health are protected. It is the importer’s/exporter’s responsibility to make sure that their goods come into the country via the appropriate BCP as they are equipped and approved to process different commodities. Typically, the relevant BCP must be notified of the goods’ arrival by the importer. Until the end of June 2021, physical checks on all high-risk live animals and plants will be done at the point of destination or other approved premises. As from July 2021, checks will take place at UK BCPs. To find the BCP relevant for your commodities, refer here.