Government delays post-Brexit checks

Government delays post-Brexit checks


Nearly three months since our EU exit and the Government has been forced to delay bringing in a range of post-Brexit checks on EU imports by around six months, from June 2021 to January 2022, as ports and traders have told the Government they are not ready. 

Details of the Government extension include:
  • Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, 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 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.

Some of the extensions will not impact TTF members directly, such as the Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, because all wood products regulated under Phytosanitary measure are defined as high risk and have therefore been subject to control since 1st January 2021.

The Government’s delay comes after a series of trade surveys and reports found that UK exports of goods to the EU plummeted 40.7% in January, contributing to the biggest monthly decline in British trade for more than 20 years, with imports falling 28.8% in the same month.

Recently, TTF Member Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of the Archwood Group, spoke out about Brexit’s significant disruption to business and the extra costs and long delays this has caused.

However, February saw both retail and construction markets in the UK improving, which suggests optimism and probably an improvement in both Imports and Exports once we see the February figures later this month.

It is unlikely the extension will do much to help quell the problems businesses are enduring, which is why we are hosting a Q&A clinic with members. This will be a one-hour chat for members to share information and exchange questions on all topics related to member’s operations, from plant health, customs activities to UKTR due diligence. We will be sending a member’s invitation next week for you to register.

In the meantime, if you have a burning question that simply can’t wait then please contact one of the TTF team directly or get in touch via the contact details below.

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