United Kingdom - Postponement of New Controls Relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Goods

Posted by Marta Gargallo on 9/14/21 5:00 PM

On September 14, 2021, the United Kingdom set out a new timetable for introducing full import controls for certain goods being imported from the European Union to the United Kingdom.  Border controls due to be implemented on 1 October for the submission of pre arrival safety and security messages for goods imported from the EU, and importation of agri-food products including products of animal origin and animal by-products from the EU have been postponed according to the schedule below.

  • The requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced on October 1, 2021, will now be introduced on January 1, 2022.
  • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on October 1, 2021, will now be introduced on July 1, 2022.
  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on January 1, 2022, will now be introduced on July 1, 2022.
  • Safety and Security declarations on imports will be required as of July 1, 2022 instead of January 1, 2022. Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on January 1, 2022 as previously announced.

Link to the EU Government press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-pragmatic-new-timetable-for-introducing-border-controls

Link to the UK Parliament press release: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-09-14/hcws285

Topics: Import, EU, UK, Agriculture, European Union

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