Revised timetable of UK import controls gives extra time for preparation
The UK Government announced on the 11th March that it has introduced a revised timetable for the introduction of controls for imported products from the EU.
- Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), for example meat, honey, milk or egg products – and certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.
- Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.
- Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1 January 2022.
- Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.
- Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.
- Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.
- From March 2022, checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.
A summary of the main requirements and an initial check list can be found at Prepare to Import into Great Britain. Imports into Northern Ireland from the EU will remain unchanged, though imports into Northern Ireland from the rest of the world will be subject to the main UK procedures