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2022 Revised timelines for UK Customs

The UK government declared on April 28, 2022, that the remaining import controls on EU goods crossing UK borders will not be implemented this year. In due course, the UK government intends to adapt its existing border operating model to reflect the changes. This means that the following controls, which were supposed to be implemented in July 2022, will not be implemented as per the timeline given earlier:

A requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports currently at the destination is to be moved to Border Control Post (BCP).
A requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports.
Certification and physical checks to be introduced for:
All remaining regulated animal by-products
All regulated plants and plant products
All meat and meat products
All remaining high-risk foods not of animal origin
Prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency made the statement in response to the UK’s rising costs as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine and rising energy prices. It is estimated that the policy will save British businesses up to £1 billion in annual costs.

The UK hopes to combine the remaining adjustments for EU imports with future improvements under its transformation program to automate Britain’s borders during this phase. The decision intends to save money and time this year by avoiding the implementation of advanced and expensive checks that would subsequently need to be changed when the UK implements its digital transformation program. Rather, the UK government intends to speed up the transformational program to automate the country’s borders.

Existing border controls that have been implemented since January 2022 in the United Kingdom will be continued. In the statement made by Jacob Rees-Mogg, he said, “We will publish a Target Operating Model in the Autumn that will set out our new regime of border import controls and will target the end of 2023 as the revised introduction date for our controls regime, which will deliver on our promise to create the world’s best border on our shores. This new approach will apply equally to goods from the EU and goods from the rest of the world.” Read the complete statement by Jacob here.

While the timelines may have been extended, it is necessary to remember that they will come into force sooner. Hence, businesses should ensure not to neglect being prepared for the import customs declaration process for their trade and all necessary procedures to be followed.

You can also complete your export customs declaration via HMRC Approved CDS-ready custom declaration software like tradePhlo which lets you complete a customs declaration starting at £7 per declaration and in just 10 – 15 minutes. tradePhlo can also support you in completing your IPAFFS pre-notification before your goods arrive in the UK. To learn more about the process of submitting a declaration through TradePhlo, click here.


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