If you require any assistance using PEACH or would like to report any PEACH technical difficulties please contact the HMI on 0345 607 3224 the hours of operation for the PEACH helpdesk are, 07.00 to 22.00 Monday to Friday, 08.00 to 18.00 Saturday and 09.00 to 14.00 Sunday.
email the Peach mailbox
If you have any questions or problems with the import of Plant Health goods or Invoicing for PHSI charging, please call 0300 100 0313 this is a dedicated imports helpdesk and will be manned 24 hours a day or you can email the PHSI Importers helpdesk mailbox.
Please note If either helpdesk is temporarily unavailable due to matters beyond our control then please leave a message and your enquiry will be dealt with as soon as possible. Occasionally, enquiries may not be dealt with until office hours on the next working day.
Our staff are here to help, and are committed to providing good customer service. We will treat you with respect, and expect you to do the same.
We will not tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour towards our staff, either verbally, physically or in writing, and will take whatever action is necessary (including legal action) against any person who is involved in threatening or abusive behaviour.
Our staff carry devices that can monitor and record abusive behaviour. They can summon support services and the recordings may be used in court proceedings.
The Defra customer service record explains what we do, the standards of service you can expect, and further contact details are available by clicking here.
A contingency plan has been drawn up to explain our policy on the service provision you can expect from the PEACH system in the event of an IT malfunction and can be found by following this link
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April.
We have been advised by our I.T. supplier that there will be a significant downtime this weekend, due to work on the databases that support multiple applications across the Defra network. The maintenance window is 0700hrs on Saturday 29th to 2200hrs on Sunday 30th.
ALVS is expected to be unavailable during this period so full manual fallback will be invoked and NCH will be authorised to clear imports of APHA- and HMI-regulated imports on production of a valid Quarantine Release Certificate and/or a Certificate of
Access to PEACH may also be affected, so if HMI-regulated airfreight imports require urgent clearance, and PEACH is unavailable, then please can importers or their agents contact the PEACH Helpdesk.
Any queries concerning APHA imports should be directed to the APHA Helpdesk on (0300) 100 0313.
We apologise for the short notice of this downtime but we have only just been made aware of its potential impact. As ever, importers and agents are advised to submit CHIEF entries and the associated PEACH applications either side of it.
ALVS Commodity matching
We have been advised by our I.T. supplier that the mapping for table grapes has been successfully updated in ALVS, so CHIEF entries should now match correctly with PEACH applications and when assessed as low risk, they will automatically clear.
If there are issues with individual entries/PEACH applications not clearing as they should, please contact the PEACH Helpdesk for assistance.
Payment of Plant Health invoices
Importers are reminded that where they require a purchase order number to be included on their invoice, then they should enter this as part of the PEACH entry in the field Customer Invoice Reference.
Whatever is entered in this field will appear on the clients invoice.
Commodities from Ghana and India
The ban on the export of 5 commodities from Ghana, which was due to expire at the end of 2016, has been reviewed by EU and as a result it is likely to be extended for a further period (possibly a year) but to be decided.
It is proposed to let the current EU legislation suspending the export of 4 products from India expire at the end of 2016.
Further information on these topics can be found here.
Correct use of commodity/variety names on PEACH applications
All users are reminded that applications should contain the correct commodity and variety/type names to match the contents of the consignment, otherwise there may be delays to the clearance of consignments.
In particular the use of a trade mark such as 'Early Sweet' on grapes, where the actual variety is 'Grapaes' is not allowed and such applications may be rejected or the consignment actioned on inspection.
If users are unsure of the correct commodity/variety to be used then they should contact the relevant helpdesk as described above.
Updated: 26 April 2017