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Humber Border Control Posts ready to go

[ April 18, 2024   //   ]

ABP said on 16 April that staff and facilities are in place ready for the opening of the Border Control Posts (BCPs) at Immingham and Hull, serving both banks of the Humber.

Both BCPs are equipped to handle a range of products and have successfully completed Government pre-opening test exercises. There are 17 bays in Immingham and seven in Hull.

The team operating the BCPs, headed by project lead Kerry Costello has been putting the processes together in readiness for the end of April opening when new Government requirements come into force for trade with Europe.

Regional director of the Humber ports, Simon Bird, said: “We have worked very hard and committed millions of pounds of investment to deliver these two new state of the art border check posts. The Humber is a critical gateway to European and global markets – the UK’s largest by volume – and we’ve put the right resources in to manage them and provide customers with the options they need.”

Kerry Costello added: “The level of communication between ABP and North East Lincolnshire Council Port Health and Hull and Goole Port Health Authority has been phenomenal. We’ve built up good relationships with the other regulatory bodies and ensured that communication has been clear.

“We’ve run some live tests with Cabinet Office, Port Health Authority, and shipping lines which have all gone well so as to ensure systems and infrastructure all communicate behind the scenes.”

The Immingham and Hull ports have been approved to carry out checks on animals, animal products (meat, seafood, dairy), plants and plant products arriving through the ports. Border Force will also have a presence at both sites for custom checks and procedures.