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Import Controls: What Is Changing And When

Nov 11, 2021

Post Brexit, there have been many changes for businesses who import from the EU to the UK.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) came into effect on 1 January 2021 and brought with it new customs processes, administration, and checks. However, some of the import control changes have been delayed to minimise impact on already pushed supply chains.

Further change is coming for businesses though. The government recently confirmed the new timetable for introducing final import control changes.

What are the upcoming import control changes?

The revised timetable for introducing delayed import controls is designed to give businesses enough time to adjust to the new processes that will need to be followed. And coupled with the impacts of COVID-19 on supply chains, it has been confirmed that the final import control changes will be phased in over 2022.

1 January 2022

The requirements for pre-notification of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) goods will be introduced (were originally due to be introduced on 1 October 2021)

Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced

1 July 2022

The new requirements for export health certificates will be introduced (were originally due to be introduced on 1 October 2021)

Phytosanitary certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at border control posts will be introduced (were originally due to be introduced on 1 January 2022)

Safety and security declarations on imports will be required (were originally due to be introduced on 1 January 2022)

Why is it important for your business to understand these new rules?

The new rules will most likely add an additional layer of complexity to the way that your business operates. And if you do not abide by the new rules once they are introduced then you may see your business operations delayed or disrupted.

Brexit related disruption has been well documented as businesses adjusted to the initial changes earlier in 2021. So, it will be vital for your business to prepare for these upcoming changes and plan ahead to avoid your business facing a similar situation.

Tips for understanding the new import controls

The best place to visit for up-to-date information on importing goods from the EU into the UK is the gov.uk website.

Here you can find a step-by-step guide to importing goods into the UK and how to get UK customs clearance when importing goods into the UK

You can also access webinars looking at the import control changes which have either been implemented or are due to be implemented over the coming year.

It’s important to make sure your business is up to date with all the post Brexit changes and how rules, processes and procedures differ now, or which will change over the coming months. This will be important if you import goods into the UK from the EU and want to avoid any delays or disruption to your business operations. If you have any questions about your insurance needs post Brexit then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our teams at Anthony Jones who will be more than happy to help.

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