Full Customs Controls from January 2020
We are moving ever closer to the introduction of full customs controls on January 1st, 2022. If you move goods between Britain and the EU, you need to prepare for the changes.
This means that from the 1st January:
Businesses will not be able to delay making import declarations
All border locations will need to begin controlling imported and exported goods. You will not be able to pass through the port with goods unless you have received customs clearance at the port, or have been directed to an Inland border facility.
Some UK ports will use GVMS to clear goods through customs and ports that use GVMS to control goods will need pre-lodged declaration references to be linked together within a single reference number, called a Goods Movement Reference (GMR). You will need to present a valid GMR to the carrier for check in.
Goods moving via Eurotunnel, Dover or Holyhead may need to take their goods for customs checks at an Inland Border Facility on departure and arrival.
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.
(Government sets out pragmatic new timetable for introducing border controls, 2021)
We here at Clearing Customs UK are prepared and ready to complete all customs documentation for our clients and can help prepare you and your business for January 1st and onwards.
Please get in touch with one our expert team, ready to help with your customs requirements.
1. Link, B., 2021. Hauliers urged to prepare for new Customs rules from January 2022. BIFAlink, (375), p.10.
2. GOV.UK. 2021. Government sets out pragmatic new timetable for introducing border controls. [online] Available at: <https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-pragmatic-new-timetable-for-introducing-border-controls> [Accessed 11 November 2021].