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Ashford Borough Council will provide a Port Health Service at the Sevington Inland Border Facility (IBF), starting in  2024. It is expected to be one of the biggest facilities in the UK.

As a result of EU Transition, the council becomes responsible for checks on imports of products of animal origin (POAO), high-risk food not of animal origin (HRFNAO) and animal by-products (animal products not for human consumption) imported from the EU that transit into the UK via Eurotunnel.

The site will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is estimated that around 124,000 checks a year will be carried out at Sevington, which has been built on farmland alongside J10A of the M20. 

Around 130 staff are likely to be directly employed/engaged by the council. 

  • The requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, were introduced on 1 January 2022. 

Full customs declarations and controls were introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced. The written ministerial statement can be found here.Written statements - Written questions, answers and statements - UK Parliament

However, IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) clearance commenced on 7 June 2021.