The Border Operating Model for Trade in Goods, published on August 29, 2023, sets out when new controls will be introduced to better protect the UK from biosecurity threats.
The model introduces a new global system of safety and biosecurity controls, including the introduction of controls on imports from the EU for the first time and the use of Brexit freedoms to simplify import controls for goods from around the world. Many companies are already familiar with the similar requirements that already apply to exports to the EU.
The model uses data and technology more intelligently to ensure businesses have a more efficient trading experience. It eliminates duplication and reduces the amount of data and paperwork companies need when importing goods.
In addition to the Single Trade Window, another emblematic project for the borders uses data and technology more intelligently. It will simplify and streamline import and export trade processes and provide a single portal through which companies can provide trade data to the government. With this system, traders only need to submit information once and in one place, eliminating complexity and duplication in the system.
To give interested parties more time to prepare for the new controls, they have a revised schedule:
- January 31, 2024: Introduction of a health certificate for imports from the EU of medium-risk products of animal origin, plants, plant products, and high-risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin.
- April 30, 2024: The introduction of documentary, identity, and physical risk-based controls on animal products, plants, medium-risk plant products, and high-risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU From this point on, imports of hygiene and crop protection products from the rest of the world will also benefit from the new risk-based model.
- October 31, 2024: Security declarations for EU imports come into force on October 31, 2024. At the same time, we are introducing a reduced data set for imports