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Procedures for regulated material from China

Compulsory import notification procedures for stone and iron products from China – May 2017 – Commission Implementing Decision 2017/728  

From 15 May 2017 we and the Northern Ireland Forest Service require all importers of eight specific commodities from China to provide advance notification of their intention to land any of them.

The commodities and their CN codes are slate (2514), marble (2515), granite (2516), flagstone (6801), building stone (6802), worked slate (6803), glazed ceramic flags and paving (6907), and flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel (7210).

Notification must be made on our revised ‘Notification of Landing form’ and sent by email to the local Forestry Commission or DAERA-NI/Forest Service plant health inspector. (The Notification of Landing form1 is also used as the Quarantine Release Certificate (QRC) notification form.)

The importer or their agent should provide at least three working days’ notice of their intention to land controlled material via sea freight, and at least four working hours' notice for material landed via airfreight. Importers are encouraged to provide as much notifice as possible to help with prompt clearance of consignments, which will be beneficial in terms of time and costs.

Our inspector will then liaise with the importer/agent and advise them of those entries which will be held at the point of entry for a physical plant health check, using either a Port Inventory System hold or a direct hold request to HMRC. Inspectors aim to advise importers/agents within 24 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays) of receiving the Notification of Landing form1 that a consignment will be held for inspection or cleared without examination (CWE).

Inspectors are therefore directly responsible for selecting for inspection the entries that they are notified of on a minimum frequency hold basis of 15%. This enables us to effect the EU’s 15% minimum inspection level more readily, because inspectors can identify those consignments which potentially contain high-risk solid wood packaging material (WPM), and provide a clear automatic entry of the other consignments.

The entries which we select for inspection will only be released from a Port Inventory System hold after our inspection has been carried out and/or the necessary quarantine release certificate (QRC) is endorsed by our inspectors and presented by the importer/agent to HMRC at the National Clearance Hub (NCH) in Salford for a Customs CHIEF Entry System release.

Additionally, we may select for inspection any consignment which, in the inspector's opinion, has potentially high-risk wood packaging material associated with it, regardless of the type of commodity being shipped. This might mean that importers/agents of the eight commodities listed above will have other commodities selected for inspection in addition to the minimum of 15% associated with stone and iron imports from China.

Any amendments to the import procedures will be publicised on this website at

Contact details

For enquiries, or information which might assist targeted plant health checks on wood packaging material associated with imports of stone or iron materials from China, call 0300 067 5155 or email


1. The Notification of Landing form is a PDF document which can be downloaded and completed electronically on any PC which has the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. If you need this software to open and complete the form it can be installed on your computer, free of charge, by downloading it from the Adobe Acrobat website at


Last updated: 20th December 2017