The UK government establishes a more realistic timeline for implementing border controls

The UK government establishes a more realistic timeline for implementing border controls.

The government announced a revised, more practical timeline for implementing full import controls on products imported from the EU to the UK.

The pandemic has had a more enduring effect on businesses in the United Kingdom and the European Union than many analysts anticipated in March.

Additionally, there are strains on global supply networks, owing to a variety of circumstances, including the pandemic and the rising cost of global freight transport. These pressures are felt most acutely in the agrifood industry.

In light of these circumstances, the Government has decided to further delay the implementation of certain parts of the new regulations, most notably those pertaining to sanitary and phytosanitary items. Accordingly:

  • Pre-notification of agri-food imports will begin on 1 January 2022, rather than 1 October 2021.

  • Export Health Certificate regulations that were scheduled to take effect on 1 October 2021 will now take effect on 1 July 2022.

  • Physical checks of SPS items at Border Control Posts, which were scheduled to begin on 1 January 2022, will now begin on 1 July 2022.

  • The requirement for import safety and security declarations will take effect on 1 July 2022, rather than 1 January 2022

Given their devolved responsibility for agri-food controls, the Government will work closely with the Devolved Administrations to implement this new timeline.

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