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Press release: Government sets out pragmatic new timetable for introducing border controls

The Government has set out a new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK.

Addressing the challenges faced by businesses over recent months as they recover from the global pandemic which has impacted supply chains across Europe, full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced. However, safety and security declarations will now not be required until 1 July 2022.

Under the revised timetable:

  • The requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 January 2022.
  • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • Safety and Security declarations on imports will be required as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022. Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced.

Source gov.uk

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