The FPC raised the issue of what it felt were unacceptably high levels of delays at ports, including Felixstowe and Tilbury, with FERA. It is now collecting information from members on examples of delays and costs incurred.
FERA senior plant health and seeds inspector Guy Nettleton said: "We carry out inspections on certain categories of fresh produce to ensure that it is free from pests or diseases that could be detrimental to the EU's environment or the production of fruit and vegetables."
He said five new inspectors had been recruited to work at Felixstowe, Tilbury and other points of entry, which had increased the time taken for some consignments to clear border controls.
"FERA is actively engaged in a constructive dialogue with FPC to work towards minimising these delays while ensuring that the biosecurity of the UK is not compromised," he said.