All consignments of organic produce imported from a third country into a member state must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection that is issued by a certification body in the country of origin.

Certificate of Inspection
When importing organic products into the UK from countries outside the European Union a Certificate of Inspection must be produced by the inspection body in the third country from which the imported goods originate. The certificate must be presented to the Port Health Authority at the port of arrival.

If the Port Health Authority confirms its validity, the certificate of inspection will be endorsed and the goods can go to customs for final clearance to move into free circulation.

There is a charge of £45 for checking and endorsement of the Certificates of Inspection.