The UK imported seafood to the value of £2.6billion in 2012 from other European Union countries or from non-EU countries.
While movements of fish and fishery products are largely unrestricted within the EU, imports of fish and seafood from outside the EU are very strictly regulated. There are requirements for health certification and traceability for all imports and further guarantees on other specific consignments.
At the border, Port Health officials carry out a number of checks on the consignment. Precisely which checks they carry out depends on the consignment, on the exporting country, and latest advice from the European Commission.
Seafish maintains an up-to-date a guide for importers below. You can alternatively download the printable version of the Seafish guide here (last updated August 2010.)