Detailed guide: Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS)

Animal Plant Health Agency

September 16
13:01 2019

You must continue to use the EUs TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) for imports into the UK until after Brexit.

The Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) is the UKs new system for importing animals, animal products, high-risk food and animal feed of non-animal origin.

IPAFFS will replace the EUs TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) after Brexit.

You must use IPAFFS for imports from non-EU countries from day one - it will later be expanded to include imports from EU countries.

Defra will update this page with the process for imports from the EU once its confirmed.

The UK and EU are negotiating the possibility of continued access to TRACES, however this would not be confirmed until just before Brexit - you should familiarise yourself with the new imports process ahead of Brexit.

IPAFFS will:

  • control imports of live animals, products of animal origin, high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin from non-EU countries (third countries)
  • allow importers or agents to create an import notification and legal declaration for their consignments
  • allow consignments to be inspected at UK border inspection posts (BIPs) or designated point of entry (DPEs)
  • record the results of inspections against each notification
  • trigger the HMRC customs clearance process

Registering for IPAFFS

Defra will update this page when IPAFFS is open for registration.

Youll need to create a Government Gateway account for the business or organisation you represent.

If you have a personal Government Gateway account, you should create a new one so your business contact details are linked to it.

If youre registering on behalf of a business or organisation, you also need the:

  • main contact details for your business or organisation (for example, for head office)
  • Companies House number if youre registering on behalf of a limited company

IPAFFS training

You can request training on how to use IPAFFS by emailing

Published 18 March 2019
Last updated 16 September 2019 +show all updates
  1. Revised page to explain more about what IPAFFS is - page will be updated when IPAFFS is open for registration and when any new import processes are confirmed.
  2. Edited call out to make it clearer how TRACES and IPAFFS can be used before and after Brexit.
  3. Added note that IPAFFS is currently for testing and training only. Importers should continue to use TRACES to notify authorities of imports into the UK.
  4. First published.

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