Importing and Exporting

REVISED TIMETABLE FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF IMPORT BORDER CONTROLS

A new timetable for introducing import border control processes will enable UK businesses to focus on their recovery from the COVID pandemic. The government will now introduce full border control processes, six months later than originally planned. 

From 1 October 2021: 

  • Pre-notification requirements will be required for products of animal origin, high risk food not of animal origin (HRFNAO) and certain animal by products. 
  • Health certificates will be required for products of animal origin and certain animal by-products. 

For more information on importing or moving live animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed of animal origin, click here. For more information on importing or moving fish to the UK, click here. Guidance on importing animals has also been updated in “guidance for EU businesses exporting to the UK”, click here for more information. 

From 1 January 2022: 

  • Safety and Security declarations for imported goods will be required. 
  • Physical SPS checks for products of animal origin, certain animal by-products, HRFNAO and high risk plants, will take place at Border Control Posts. 
  • Prenotification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates, will be introduced for low risk plants and plant products. 
  • Customs declarations on all goods will be required at the point of import, and businesses will no longer be able to use the deferred declaration scheme. 

From 1 March 2022: 

  • Checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals, low risk plants and plant products. 

Traders moving controlled goods into Great Britain will continue to be ineligible for the deferred customs declaration approach. They will therefore be required to complete a full customs declaration, when the goods enter Great Britain. 

For more information on the announcement, click here

For a step-by-step guide on importing goods into the UK, click here

 


NEW: Rules of origin: Check your goods comply to trade tariff-free with the EU: With a trade deal in place, UK businesses can trade tariff-free with the EU from 1 January if their products meet agreed Rules of Origin. UK traders need to check if their products comply and how to prove they originate from the UK. For detailed guidance on the rules of origin requirements under the UK’s deal with the EU click here.

NEW: Apply to access Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight: Guidance has been issued on what to do if you need to use the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system to make an import or export declaration.   For more information, click here.

New: Claim VAT refunds in Northern Ireland or the EU, if you are an established in Northern Ireland or in the EU: Guidance has been issued about how relevant businesses can claim refunds of VAT incurred on goods in the EU and Northern Ireland using the EU VAT refund system. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: How to report EU sales made on or before 31 December 2020 for VAT: Guidance on how to report supplies of goods and services to VAT-registered customers in an EU country using an EC Sales List has been updated in respect of the end of the Brexit transition period. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Register to make an entry summary declaration in Great Britain: Guidance on using the S&S (Safety and Security) GB Service if you import goods into Great Britain and need to make an entry summary declaration has been updated with information about what to do if the service is unavailable. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Open general export licence (export of dual-use items to EU member states): Guidance has been updated to take into account changes in legislation following the end of the transition period. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: List of customs agents and fast parcel operators: For more information, click here.