Fresh Food

We specialise in perishables and ensure full grip in the food supply chain


Who are you?

I’m Adam Grimshaw, the compliance manager for the UK. I’m based in Felixstowe, and have been with this office for two years now, starting at UK Customs Solutions before the acquisition in 2021.

Adam Grimshaw (Teal Background)

What does Koornstra & Co do?

Koornstra is an importer and exporter of fruit and vegetables. We deliver the goods where they are needed at the right time within our market area, according to JIT – Just-in-time method. That is where our strength lies because we can easily respond to customer requirements.

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In this article, we’ll explain how customs processes and regulations protect your health so you can enjoy your Halloween treats without worry.

Clearing fresh pumpkin through customs

Pumpkin is the most traded squash in the world, particularly in the lead-up to the spooky season.

The industry has grown by approximately 20.7% in the last five years, with a value of USD 1.28 billion traded in 2017 and USD 1.55 billion traded in 2021.

Accounting for 73% of trade in 2021, the following five countries are the world’s leading suppliers of pumpkins:

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The new rules, which were due to come into effect on the 1st of October 2022, will now be required from 1st January 2024. This is so that importers have more time to gain clarity on their obligations.

But what are these new regulations, and what should you do now they are delayed? Find out in this article:

A UK address for the food business operator (FBO)

From 1st January 2024, a UK FBO address must be shown on the labelling or the packaging when importing foodstuffs into the UK. This is either:

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The European Union has rules and regulations in place to determine whether products are considered to be organic. Products must conform to equivalent standards to those produced in the European Union. The European Union has agreements with countries that have standards and control measures that are equivalent to those of the European Union. Most inspections and certifications are done in the Country of Origin in these cases.

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What is a Certificate of Origin?

You or your customer may need a Certificate of Origin to import goods into a country outside the European Union. The producer or exporter of the goods usually makes the certificate of origin, which is then authorized by the Chamber of Commerce of the country where the goods were produced or obtained. The document proves that it has met the criteria to be considered as originating from a country.

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In this edition, the leading players are the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and China. You can find a round-up of other trade agreement news at the bottom of this page.

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The European Union immediately implemented all full checks and measures, whereas the United Kingdom has chosen a phased approach.

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Customs Support is continuously growing and adding new members to the Customs Support family. In 2020 we launched the project rebranding where all new members to the Customs Support Group started working as one single brand. 

Customs Support Fresh 

Through Customs Support Fresh we enable our customers to have their shipments of animal origin and perishables that arrive at Schiphol Airport to be inspected by the Dutch Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority (NVWA). 

Fresh food, fish, crabs, seafood.

Customs Support, the neutral and dynamic partner for customs matters in Europe, announces the acquisitions of Verex Customs Services. Customs Support aims to be the leading digital and neutral customs broker in Europe.