Border Inspection Posts (BIP) are European Union (EU) approved entry points for products of animal origin, originating in countries outside the EU. Such products must undergo certain veterinary checks in accordance with European Directive 97/78/EC. These rules apply to both commercial and personal traffic.

Northern Ireland BIPs

Northern Ireland has 2 Border Inspection Posts approved for the import of certain types of animal products.

Belfast Harbour BIP

Contact details for the Belfast Port Portal Office:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Portal Inspection Office
Coastal House
17 Herdman Channel Road
Belfast Harbour Estate
Belfast
BT3 9AL

Telephone: 028 9075 2466
Fax: 028 9074 8202
email: belfast.portal@daera-ni.gov.uk

Hours of Business: 08.00-16.00 Monday - Friday.

  • not currently approved for importation of livestock except horses
  • approved port for livestock exports
  • inspections carried out on all imported¬∑agricultural machinery and empty livestock wagons
  • european Union approved Border Inspection Post for the importation of consignments of Products of Animal Origin originating in Third Countries

Any passenger arriving in Northern Ireland who has been in contact with farm livestock or who is in possession of meat or dairy products must present themselves to an officer from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Portal Inspection Office on arrival.

Belfast International Airport BIP


Contact details for the Belfast International Airport Portal Office:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Portal Inspection Office
Belfast International Airport
Belfast
BT29 4AB

Telephone: 028 9445 2577
Mobile:07900 278936
Fax: 028 9442 2951
email: aldergrove.portal@daera-ni.gov.uk

Hours of Business: 08.00-16.00 Monday - Friday.

  • Belfast International Airport (BIA) is an European Union (EU) approved Border Inspection Post for the importation of consignments of Products of Animal Origin originating in Third Countries
  • animals (not including Dogs and Cats) originating in Non EU Countries must enter Northern Ireland via another Border Inspection Post as BIA is not approved for live animals
  • Belfast International Airport has modern holding and inspection facilities for use in the import and export of dogs and cats

Any passenger arriving in Northern Ireland who has been in contact with farm livestock or who is in possession of meat or dairy products must present themselves to an officer from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on arrival inside the main terminal building. 

George Best Belfast City Airport Portal Office

Contact details for the George Best Belfast City Airport Portal Office:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Portal Inspection Office
George Best Belfast City Airport
Sydenham By-Pass
Belfast
BT3 9JH

Telephone: 028 9093 5226
Mobile: 07900 278929
Fax: 028 9093 5115
email: belfast-city.portal@daera-ni.gov.uk

The George Best Belfast City Airport is not an approved Border Inspection Post for animals or animal products. Animals (not including Dogs and Cats) and animal products originating in Non European Union Countries must enter Northern Ireland via another Border Inspection Post.

The George Best Belfast City Airport has modern holding and inspection facilities for use in the import and export of dogs and cats.

Any passenger arriving in Northern Ireland who has been in contact with farm livestock or who is in possession of meat or dairy products must present themselves to an officer from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on arrival inside the main terminal building. 

Larne Port Portal Office

Contact details for the Larne Port Portal Office:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Portal Inspection Office
Larne Harbour
Redlands Road
Larne

Telephone: 028 2826 0021
Fax: 028 2826 7380
email: larne.portal@daera-ni.gov.uk

  • Larne Port is currently the only approved port of entry for livestock imports in to Northern Ireland.
  • Approved port for livestock exports.
  • Inspections carried out on all imported agricultural machinery and empty livestock wagons.
  • Routine sailings to Great Britain through Cairnryan.
  • Larne Port is not an approved Border Inspection Post for animals or animal products.

Any passenger arriving in Northern Ireland who has been in contact with farm livestock or who is in possession of meat or dairy products must present themselves to an officer from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Portal Inspection Office on arrival.

Warrenpoint Port Portal Office

Contact details for the Warrenpoint Port Portal Office:

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Portal Inspection Office
Warrenpoint Harbour
Warrenpoint
BT34 3JR

Telephone: 028 4175 3503
Mobile:07900 278917 or 07900 278918
Fax: 028 4175 3503
email: warrenpoint.portal@daera-ni.gov.uk

  • There are currently no sailings approved to carry livestock.
  • 3 return freight sailings per day from Warrenpoint to Heysham.
  • Other weekly European routes operated.
  • It is not an approved Border Inspection Post for animals or animal products.
  • Inspections carried out on all imported agricultural machinery and empty livestock wagons.

Any passenger arriving in Northern Ireland who has been in contact with farm livestock or who is in possession of meat or dairy products must present themselves to an officer from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Portal Inspection Office on arrival. 

Live animals

Northern Ireland does not currently have an approved Border Inspection Post for live animals. All animals originating in a country outside the European Union must be accompanied by a completed "Common Veterinary Entry Document" issued at an approved Border Inspection Post.

Animals including dogs and cats which can comply with the Rabies (Importation of dogs,cats and other mammals) Order (Northern Ireland) 1977 can be imported directly into Northern Ireland.

Notification of imports to a Border Inspection Post

Advance notice of the products arriving at the Border Inspection Post must be given using the TRACES (Trade and Control Expert System) Internet based system.

Importers or their agents must register as "Economic Operators" before they can use the system. 

Please note that this link is to a non Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs site.

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked website. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that the link will work all the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Useful links in relation to Portal Inspection

Useful links in relation to the work of Portal Inspection, such as imports, exports, disease control and animal welfare.

European Union (EU) Websites


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom)

World Organisation for Animal Health

Please note that these links are to non Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs sites.

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

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