As of July, the HMRC will not introduce further EU import controls

As a result of the introduction of additional port health checks in January, the EU import controls for food imports from the EU were expected to take effect from July.

However, the UK government has acknowledged that these extra checks would have worsened the impact of the pandemic, January’s statements, GVMS, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on EU trade and would have destroyed supply chains with complex and expensive procedures.

Instead of working on EU import controls, the British government will focus on developing border systems and technology applicable to goods moving between the UK and other parts of the world.

It is good news for importers across the United Kingdom, but especially for those that use Dover for commerce, expecting significant delays due to July’s limitations and September’s biometric checks at the EU border.

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