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Government announce Brexit border control delay

In a critical development for many importers, Michael Gove informed Parliament today that the UK will be delaying the roll out of its second and third phases of post-Brexit border procedures.

The news comes after trade bodies had been amplifying concerns over the phased implementation, which they believed threatened to collapse the country’s supply chains, which were already pressured by Brexit and COVID.

UK importers will now not need to file customs declarations for imports from the EU until the 1st January, instead of 1st July 2021.

The original April deadline for firms to submit additional paperwork for food products would have coincided with lockdown lifting and has no been extended to October.

    • The option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations under EIDR up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended from 1st July 2021 to the 1st January 2022
    • Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1st January 2022
    • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High-Risk Food Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will now not be required until 1st October 2021
    • Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1st January 2022
    • Physical SPS checks on high-risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1st January 2022
    • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low-risk plants and plant products, from 1st January 2022

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