Operating a food business - Frequently asked questions
How do I import food into the UK from the EU and non EU countries?
For information about how to go about importing food into the UK from EU and Non EU countries, please see the links to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) websites below.
When importing food, you need to know about regulations that apply to specific products and more general rules concerning labelling and additives. Failure to comply could cause delay and require action by the enforcement authorities. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the rules for importing food.
- Importing food (FSA website)
- Guidance on importing and exporting live animals or animal products (DEFRA website)
- Importing food for personal use (FSA website)
- Guidance for individual travellers bringing food or other products with a plant or animal origin into the UK for personal use, or receiving such products by post (DEFRA website)