The UK government has recently set out a new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK. The government has listened to those who have called for a new approach to give businesses more time to adjust.
The complete move to full customs controls is still due to happen 1st January but several aspects of the final transition of Brexit, including some of the detailed controls for products moved by Agrifood, Sanitary and Phytosanitary businesses, will be delayed due to the ongoing delays and impact of COVID-19.
Under the revised timetable:
- The requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced 1st October 2021, will now be introduced on 1st January 2022
- The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1st October 2021, will now be introduced on 1st July 2022.
- Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1st January 2022, will now be introduced on 1st July 2022
- Safety and Security declarations on imports will be required as of 1st July 2022 as opposed to 1st January 2022. Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1st January 2022 as previously announced
We are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep you updated. For any enquiries relating to specific bookings, please contact our Customer teams.