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Border checks on EU goods into Great Britain delayed

While the EU implemented full checks on goods exported from the UK from 1st January 2021, the UK had initially planned on a staggered approach to additional border control on EU goods starting from April 2021.

Now, in an effort to allow for more time to prepare, the implementation of new checks has been delayed 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 now be required from 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.

Traders moving controlled goods into Great Britain will continue to be ineligible for the deferred customs declaration approach. They will therefore be required to complete a full customs declaration when the goods enter Great Britain.

What does that mean for you?

This delay offers additional time and benefits to companies wishing to continue past the original deadline of end June 2021 with CFSP EIDR deferred declarations, allowing a longer easement period up to the end of the year. 

The extensions also provide extra time to ports, carriers, exporters, importers, border controls and those developing the necessary IT infrastructures  to best prepare to process the additional paperwork required around new regulations.

Since January this year, we have seen a number of businesses impacted by a lack of preparation and understanding around the necessary procedures and new processes for handling trade when shipping into and out of the EU - resulting in delays, additional costs and, at times, loss of business. Prepare now for the changes ahead to avoid delays following the additional measures being implemented from October 2021 and January 2022. 

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