UK set to impose more red tape on EU imports from October

UK set to impose more red tape on EU imports from October
Опубликовано: Wednesday, 05 April 2023 12:55

New physical checks will be implemented at the UK border from January.


LONDON — British firms importing goods from the EU will be forced to deal with increased red tape from October, after the U.K. government today released its new post-Brexit border proposals.

Imports of plant and animal products considered to be a “medium risk” — including meat, dairy and fish — and foods of a non-animal origin considered to be “high risk” will need to have health certificates from October.

Phytosanitary certificates will also be required for phytosanitary goods — items like fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains — imported from the EU.

New physical checks will be implemented at the U.K. border from January, before further security and safety checks for all EU imports are introduced in October 2024.

The long-awaited Border Targeted Operating Model was released today after a series of delays on more stringent checks on goods coming from the EU to the U.K.

Britain’s Cabinet Office said that the introduction of the plans would be staggered to minimize business disruption, but warned that firms should “work with their supply chains to prepare for this change now.”

The government says that the new proposed regime will lead to far fewer physical checks on “low risk” goods imports than previously envisioned.

Lord Richard Benyon, a minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “Invasive diseases could cost our farms and businesses billions of pounds, threaten our food safety and break confidence in UK exports around the world. That is why we are working hand in glove with businesses to devise a strong system that works for the nation.”

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