Examination facilities at the Port of Felixstowe

STATUTORY EXAMINATION OF PRODUCTS AND CARGOES

WORLD CLASS BORDER INSPECTION PORT FACILITIES

As at other ports, statutory inspections of certain cargoes and product types are necessary at Felixstowe. We currently operate two purpose-built Border Control Post (BCP) facilities to enable specialist inspections to be undertaken. In addition to this, a third facility is currently being developed, for completion December 2021. This will further expand our capabilities and capacity, in readiness for the additional inspection requirements expected as the UK leaves the EU. 

The port's modern and extensive BCP facilities enable numerous authorities to undertake their examinations requirements. These include:

  • Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • UK Border Force
  • Forestry Commission
  • Environment Agency
  • NaVCIS
  • Trading Standards

We are committed to ensuring that cargoes are not unduly delayed. Our experienced staff work in collaboration with the relevant authorities and produce a daily plan to ensure the examination process is handled efficiently. Containers and trailers selected for examination are scanned by a state-of-the-art X-Ray scanning machine, based permanently at the port and controlled by Border Force.

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED EXAMINATION FACILITY (TCEF)

Examinations undertaken in the TCEF are usually of products of animal origin, and are predominantly called for by the Port Health Authority.

The TCEF is divided into two inspection areas. The first of these is a five-bay facility used to examine cargoes for human consumption – largely fish and chicken. The other area has two bays, and is used for the inspection of cargoes not for human consumption, such as, fishmeal and pet food.

AMBIENT TEMPERATURE EXAMINATION FACILITY (ATEF)

The Port’s designated ATEF is housed within a large warehouse known as 70 Shed. 70 Shed is split into multiple specific bays (6 bays - Animal Origin Food Facility, 3 bays - Micro Examination Food Facility, 7 bays - General Food Facility and 4 bays - Allergen Facility)  and facilitates both the examination of products of animal origin, such as canned tuna, gelatine and corned beef, as well as examination of foodstuffs not of animal origin, such as nuts and fruit.

NEW EXAMINATION FACILITY

The new facility will combine both ambient and temperature controlled areas. It has been designed to handle the additional inspection requirements resulting from the UK's withdrawal from the EU and will predominantly facilitate trailers arriving via our Ro-Ro services. The ten ambient bays will be designated to plant health inspections (including plants for planting, cut flowers and produce), with two temperature controlled bays designated to products of animal origin.

For hygiene purposes and to prevent cross-contamination, all areas within our facilities are kept entirely separate from each other, with each area containing its own designated equipment.

CONTACT DETAILS
Commercial Department:
Tel :       +44(0)1394 604500
Fax:       +44(0)1394 604949
Email:    enquiries@fdrc.co.uk

 

“As a major importer of chilled New Zealand lamb to the United Kingdom, it is imperative that our containers are “landed” rapidly to the terminal post vessel arrival, that strict temperature specifications are adhered to and that key operational processes are both transparent and flexible. Speed and control are essential elements to this. The Port of Felixstowe team consistently delivers against those criteria demonstrating a very specialised skills set.”

MIKE GILLESPIE, OPERATIONS MANAGER
NEW ZEALAND FARMERS LTD

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