UK Updates Timetables for Customs Controls Implementation

Posted by Marta Gargallo on 3/11/21 5:00 PM

On March 11, 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) announced a revised timetable for the implementation of controls on certain goods imported from the European Union (EU). The original measures were expected to enter into force in two stages: April 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021. 

The implementation dates have been changed to the following:

  • October 1, 2021:
    • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO); and
    • Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP.
  • January 1, 2022:
    • Safety and Security Declarations;
    • Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO at Border Control Posts;
    • Physical SPS checks on high risk plants at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination; and
    • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates, will be required for low risk plants and plant products.
  • March 2022:
    • Checks on live animals and low risk plants and plant products at Border Control Posts.

Additionally, the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, is extended to January 1, 2022.

The statement can be found here:

Topics: Customs, EU, UK, European Union

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