The “New Approach” of the British Government to Import Controls and Its Implications for Businesses


The Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency said on the 28th of April 2022 that the new controls for EU-UK migration, which had been scheduled to go into effect on the 1st of July 2022, have been delayed until further notice.

This year, the remaining import limitations on EU goods will not be implemented, saving British businesses up to £1 billion annually in costs. Instead, the Government is accelerating a transformational effort to digitally change Britain’s borders, using new technology and data to decrease friction and costs for businesses and consumers. 

This is a new approach for a new era, as the United Kingdom maximises the benefits of leaving the European Union and implements the appropriate policies for our trade with the rest of the world. This is due to the Government’s announcement that no new import restrictions will be imposed on EU products in 2018.

Customs Controls postponed to 2023

While all current controls will remain in place, the implementation of the following has been postponed until the end of 2023:

  • A requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports currently at the destination to be moved to Border Control Post (BCP).
  • A requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports.
  • A requirement for further health certification and SPS checks for EU imports.
  • Prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU.

Why has the Government pushed back the impending controls?

As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, living and energy expenses are rising, and the Government is searching for methods to decrease the pressure on businesses to raise prices.

According to the cabinet office, the Government has determined that imposing new administrative restrictions on enterprises that may pass along the related expenses to consumers would be inappropriate. As a result, the Government has decided to suspend these extra controls until at least next year and will publish a Target Operating Model in the fall of this year in order to develop their new strategy for border import controls in 2023.

What does this mean for businesses?

No longer will businesses be required to prepare for July’s new import restrictions. In addition, the Government estimates that these reforms would save businesses £1 billion this year.

How is Customs-Declarations.UK assisting its clients? 

Filing your customs declarations can be a daunting task for many organisations, at Customs-Declarations.UK, we take care of the customs declaration filing process on your behalf, saving you time and money while bringing overall efficiency and effectiveness to your business operations. We are using this additional time to learn and improve our platform so that when the additional import regulations are imposed in 2023, we will be prepared to assist you with these modifications.

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