UK Government postpones post-Brexit controls on EU imports

Implementation border formalities delayed

Important announcement of UK Government: implementation border formalities delayed

Last week the UK government announced that the next two stages of the phased-in controls under the GB-EU Border Operating model have been postponed with 6 months. These two stages were initially scheduled for April and July, but with this revised timetable the border controls will be introduced as follows:

  • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High-Risk Food Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.
  • Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.
  • Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1 January 2022.
  • Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.
  • Physical SPS checks on high-risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.
  • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low-risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.
  • From March 2022, checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.

(Resource: UK Parliament, 2021)

It is important to note that traders moving controlled goods into Great Britain will remain ineligible for the deferred customs declaration approach. They will therefore be required to complete a full customs declaration when the goods enter Great Britain.

You will find the full statement by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove here.

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