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Personal Food Imports

Personal Food Imports

Travel Poster There are rules in place which mean that if you travel to most countries outside the European Union, it is illegal to bring meat and milk based products for your personal use back into the UK.

You should be aware that there are also limits on bringing back other food items, including fish, shellfish, honey, eggs and certain types of fruit and vegetables. Any limits will depend on the country you are travelling from. The same rules apply if you are bringing these food items into the UK yourself, if a friend or a relative is bringing them as a gift, or if they are sent in the post. If the item is banned, or in an amount greater than that allowed the whole amount will be seized and destroyed.

If you do bring food items into the UK and are unsure whether they are allowed, go to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) 'Something to Declare' or 'Red Channel' exit for advice and to avoid any penalties. If you have items that are not allowed, they will be taken away and destroyed, and no further action will be taken. There are strict HMRC controls in place. If you break the rules and HMRC Officers find undeclared items you could face delays, prosecution and a fine.

If you want further information on what you are and are not allowed to bring into the UK, check the website where more information is available.

Updated: 23 Oct 2019
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