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No more EU import controls to be introduced from July

Following the introduction of additional port health checks in January, more EU import controls were due for food imports from the EU from July.

However, it has been recognised by the UK Government that these additional checks would have compounded the impact that the pandemic, January’s checks, GVMS, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have already had on EU trade, and would have decimated supply chains with complicated and costly procedures.

(If you need a recap on all the customs clearance regulations introduced in January 2022, you can download a Brexit pack here.)

Instead of working on EU import controls, the UK Government will be concentrating on building border systems and technologies that will apply to goods moving between the UK and any other part of the world.

This comes as welcome news to importers across the UK, but particularly to those who use Dover for trade, who were anticipating severe delays from July’s restrictions combined with upcoming EU border biometric checks in September.

What EU import controls were due to be introduced on food products from July?

Additional EU import controls were due to be rolled out in stages from July, with 
the second and third phases due in September and November.

These restrictions built on the requirements introduced in January, when your food imports began requiring  a pre-notification to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS), in addition to import customs clearance.

From July, your Product of Animal Origin (POAO) shipments would have needed the Unique Notification Number (UNN) – that the IPAFFS system generates – displayed on your health certificate. An original health certificate would also have needed to travel with the shipment (a photocopy would no longer have been accepted).

Your shipments would also have needed copies of all other paperwork travelling with the load in case of inspection at a Border Control Post (BCP).

In September, your dairy imports from the EU would have required the same, and all other food imports – such as fish and composite products – would also have followed this process from November.

These EU import controls for foodstuffs will no longer be rolled out.

Safety and Security declarations

Safety and Security declarations were due to become compulsory in the next phase of EU import controls in July, but will no longer be necessary.
If your movements have already required Safety and Security declarations, then they may continue to do so. Please contact your account manager to clarify this for you.

What are the new border systems coming?

The UK Government is moving towards the UK Single Trade Window – as part of the 2025 border strategy – which is being built with a streamlined, live-data process in mind, cutting queues and costs for traders without compromising compliance and security.

Need advice on EU import controls or upcoming border systems?

UK Customs Solutions, and the rest of the Customs Support Group, are experts in Brexit customs clearance and are already migrating to digital customs clearance across our EU. If you need advice, contact one of our team for assistance.

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