Border Control Posts (BCP) are designated entry points for products of animal origin from third countries (countries outside the EU) into the European Union. All such products must undergo a veterinary inspection to protect consumers, public health and animal welfare. The Border Control Post is in charge of organizing these veterinary controls. To allow tracing and monitoring of imported animal products, the BCP exchanges information with customs authorities.
AGRO’s EU certified Inspection Center relocated in 2016 from our cold store in Barendrecht to our greenfield Maasvlakte site, where we built state-of-the-art facilities specifically for inspections.
After operating at full capacity for the past 12 months, the Border Control Post at Maasvlakte, in the Port of Rotterdam, is expanding. This will allow the facility to increase its throughput by 75% and handle 15,000 inspections per year. The expansion will include the addition of dock doors as well as an expansion of the BCP offices. The location will continue to run on a two-shift schedule.
The new facilities are expected to be ready for full operations during September 2020. Being one of only a few selected approved inspection points in the Port of Rotterdam, the Border Control Post at Maasvlakte is a key access point into Europe for shippers.
Furthermore, on 31 January 2020 the UK has left the European Union, which marks the start of the transition period until 31 December 2020. From January 2021, it will be considered a third country. This means that UK companies exporting animal products into the EU, will need to get their goods checked at a Border Control Post. As a result of this, it is expected that there will be an increase in consignments requiring checks, possibly directly impacting AGRO’s BCP in Maasvlakte.
Expanding the BCP area at AGRO Merchants Maasvlakte is expected to contribute to more organic growth for the facility in the next 3 years.