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Border revised changes (More jigsaw puzzles)

The UK government has stated on 11/3/21 revising the timeline for the implementation of some border requirements/changes for import cargo from the EU.

Despite mountain of new rules post Brexit, these changes will only help in the short term, Plant/Food/Animal origin products will be effective 1.10.21 and the majority of full import clearances instead of happening 1.7.21, will now be pushed back until 1.1.22.

For a detail outcome of the new procedures please see below:-

June 2021

  • The waiver for Exit Summary Declarations (EXS) for cargo being moved on RoRo vessels has been extended until the end of June 2021 with official guidance due to be published shortly

1 October 2021

  • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP) and High Risk Foods Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021.
  • Export Health Certificates for POAO and certain ABP will not come into force until 1 October 2021

1 January 2022

  • Physical sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks for POAO, certain ABP and HRFNAO will not be required at border entry until 1 January 2022 at which time they will take place at a Border Control Post (BCP)
  • Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at a BCP rather than at place of destination from 1 January 2022
  • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low-risk plants and plant products from 1 January 2022
  • Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022
  • Entry Summary Declarations (ENS) will not be required until 1 January 2022

1 March 2022

  • Checks at Border Control Posts for live animals and low-risk plants and plant products will take place from 1 March 2022


Updated 19.3.21