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30th May 2022

An update to import control changes

Additional import controls were due to be introduced for internationally trading businesses, specifically importers, in July 2022.

However, due to several external factors, it was announced at the end of April that the measures on EU goods will no longer come into effect this year.

The measures that were due to be introduced included:

  • Full safety and security declarations for all imports to Great Britain
  • Phytosanitary certificates for imported goods to demonstrate that inspections and treatment to remove pests from live agricultural products, plants and fresh produce have been undertaken
  • Physical checks on SPS goods (products of animal origin, animal by-products, high risk food and feed not of animal origin) at border control
  • Export health certificates for agri-food imports entering Great Britain

The Welsh Government has agreed to allow the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to legislate to extend the Transitional Staging Period (TSP) beyond 30 June on behalf of Wales. The legislation will extend the TSP until 31 December 2022.

While biosecurity is devolved in Wales, the Welsh Government is consulting with Defra and the wider UK Government on the proposed import control changes including the feasibility of moving checks on high-risk plants and live animals from the point of destination to border control, the infrastructure available to support SPS physical checks and creating a coherent approach for all imports into Great Britain.

The revised dates for import controls will be set out in the Autumn when the UK Government publishes its Target Operating Model for goods from the EU and the rest of the world. It is hoped that the Target Operating Model will provide clarity on the dates and types of import measures which will be introduced to ensure that border control posts in Wales are ready, such as the ability to deliver a fully operation facility in Holyhead by 2023.

At Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid, our international team keep up to date with all the latest regulations, policies and announcements affecting importers and exporters to help businesses keep goods moving and ensure compliance at every stage.

As a dedicated customs intermediary, the Chamber can manage all HMRC declarations through every port. Our experienced team curate end-to-end solutions and supply chain connectivity across global markets, offering a wide range of international documentary services as well as accredited training courses.

Find out more: https://cw-seswm.com/international/

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