Government delays post-Brexit import controls until 2022

14 Sep 2021

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

The Government suggests the pandemic has had longer-lasting impacts on businesses, both in the UK and in the European Union, than many observers expected in March.

The UK has further delayed implementing post-Brexit border controls on agri-food imports from the EU, blaming the pandemic for disrupting global supply chains.

The Government suggests the pandemic has had longer-lasting impacts on businesses, both in the UK and in the European Union, than many observers expected in March.

There are also pressures on global supply chains, caused by a wide range of factors including the pandemic and the increased costs of global freight transport. These pressures are being especially felt in the agrifood sector.

In these circumstances, the Government has decided to delay further some elements of the new controls, especially those relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods. Accordingly:

  • The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as opposed to 1 October 2021.
  • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.

  • The requirement for Safety and Security declarations on imports will be introduced as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.

However, full customs declarations and controls will still be introduced on 1 January 2022, as previously announced.


HOW WE CAN HELP

Contact our Black Country International Team at the Black Country Chamber to find how we can support your business with trade enquiries, import and export documentation or business and policy support.

Chamber Export and Customs Documentation team - chambercustoms@blackcountrychamber.co.uk or call 0330 024 0820.

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