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5th May 2022

Changes to import controls announced

Full customs declarations and controls have been in effect for importers and exporters since the beginning of the year.

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

However, in light of the impact of rising costs for businesses, the cost-of-living crisis and Russia’s war in Ukraine, the UK Government has announced in a statement to both the House of Commons and House of Lords that the import measures on EU goods will no longer be introduced this year.

The postponement of the controls until 2023, at the earliest, is expected to save British businesses up to £1bn and minimise disruption to supply chains and at ports.

The measures that were due to be introduced in July 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

In the meantime, the UK Government is planning to accelerate its programme to digitise Britain’s borders by using new technologies and data approaches to reduce costs for businesses and consumers in the long term.

The revised dates for import controls will be set out in the Autumn when the Government publishes its Target Operating Model for goods from the EU and rest of the world.

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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