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Port Health - Port of Poole

About the Port of Poole

Poole is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The harbour has 5 smaller islands, and much of the harbour has Site of Special Scientific Interest status.

Poole is a working commercial port but also has over 6,000 registered leisure craft, as well as a public yacht haven with berths for 100 visiting craft.

Border Control Post

A new facility has recently been completed at the Port of Poole and is currently awaiting designation as a Border Control Post (BCP).  The designation applied for includes packaged products of animal origin (POA) and high risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO), for both human consumption and not for human consumption. 

The government has announced that Import controls on EU goods to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) planned from July will not now be introduced in 2022. The controls that have already been introduced remain in place, including the requirement to pre-notify the importation of food, feed and certain other goods on IPAFFS.

Ship sanitation certificates

The Port of Poole is included on the WHO list of authorised ports for the issuing of Ship Sanitation Exemption and Control Certificates, and Extensions.

There are nationally agreed charges for the granting of Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates and Ship Sanitation Control Certificates.

Current charges 2022/23
Gross tonnage of vesselCharge (£)
Up to 1000 110
1001 - 3000 150
3001 - 10000 220
10001 - 20000 285
20001 - 30000 365
over 30000 425
Vessels with 50-1000 persons 425
Vessels with over 1000 persons 725
Extensions 80

Extra charges may be added for exceptional costs such as:

  • out of hours visits
  • launch hire
  • samples taken.

Further costs will be applicable where evidence of vermin or other sources of infection are found, which require treatment or further investigation.

Other port services

Other port services available include:

  • ships water samples/resamples - Bacterial - £66.50 plus VAT
  • ships water samples/resamples - Legionella - £73.50 plus VAT
  • endorsement of organic import certificates (24hrs notice is required) - £45
  • checks on imported food/animal feedstuffs.

Contact Port Health

Email or call 01202 123 789 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. For emergencies only outside these hours, call 0800 0281 870 and ask for 'Port Health.