IPAFFS livestock transportation system

The IPAFFS system became effective on January 1, 2022, and is a system in which registration is mandatory to import food, plants, live animals and livestock products. IPAFFS notifications must be made 4 to 24 hours (depending on the port) before the goods are scheduled to arrive at the border. The declaration generates a reference number needed when submitting an import declaration to a customs agent. The 7-digit declaration number is a prerequisite for completing the customs declaration.

In order to register with the IPAFFS system, you will need to first register with Defra, where access to the IPAFFS Service will be unlocked.

Benefits of using the IPAFFS system

First and foremost, the use of the IPAFFS system benefits the transported products themselves. This is because the check-in itself is shortened, so that the condition of animals, as well as other animal products, does not deteriorate during the long waiting time for crossing.

The verification itself takes place at several points :

  • pre-import evaluation;
  • import clearance;
  • inspection and testing ( applicable only at selected ports);
  • certification;
  • post-import monitoring.

Although the use of the IPAFFS system is free for all traders, many find it too difficult and time-consuming to fill out and use on their own. If you feel that you are one of those people who need help, you can contact our team for information on IPAFFS.

To authorize us to execute IPAFFS on your behalf, you will still need to register to use it on the HMRC Government Gateway platform, and then add us as your authorized agent.

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Our customs agency specializes in customs clearance and all related procedures. Communication with our clients is timely and smooth for us. We are characterized by conscientiousness and accuracy, and we are very careful to ensure that all documents are properly completed and archived.

So, if you are facing in the near future activities related to the transportation of animals, plants or livestock products and want the process to be as fast and smooth as possible, and at the same time without unnecessary complications, you have come to the right place. For more information and a quote for the service, feel free to contact us by email, phone or through the form on the website.

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