The UK Government has announced today that it has agreed to delay UK full import controls on EU arriving goods to 2022.
In summary, whilst UK Customs import declarations will still be required, the pre-notification requirements for products of animal origin originally planned for 1 April 2021 (stage 2) has been delayed until 1 October 2021 and the deadlines for deferred declaration scheme and many other requirements have been extended to January 2022.
The excerpts relating specifically to the new dates are as follows:
Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.
Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme on non-controlled goods, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.
Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1 January 2022.
Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.
Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.
Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.
From March 2022, checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.
As always, I hope the above is informative and therefore of interest.