The government’s changes to Import Controls will come into force from 1st January 2022.

It is vital that our customers are aware of these updates and prepare now.

The changes will affect the documentation and processes required when importing goods from the EU. You can read more about these changes here.

What are some of the key changes?

  • For arrivals at ports using GVMS and non inventory linked ports you will NEED the pre-lodged entry number (ERN) prior to the goods leaving the EU or you will not be allowed to board at departure.
  • You must ensure clearance instructions; including Documents and full Transport Details are provided in good time to have the pre-lodged entry completed; with particular consideration to out of hours/weekend departures
  • Delayed declarations can only be used with authorization under CFSP
  • Certain goods will require you to pre-notify via IPAFFS or PEACH no less than 24 hours before arrival. The IPAFFS/PEACH “IMP” reference will be needed on the Customs Entry/pre -lodgment
  • These goods should arrive via the pre-notified Border Control Post.

If you do not prepare you will not be able to import certain animal and plant products. These will fall under the following categories:

  • Products of Animal Origin (POAO)
  • Animal By-Products (ABP)
  • High-Risk Food & Feed Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO)
  • Fishery Products and Live Bivalve Molluscs
  • Plants and Seeds for Planting
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Cut flowers
  • Tubers
  • Grain, Soil, Machinery and Growing Medium 

The steps our customers need to take:

  • You should prepare with your suppliers to arrange the appropriate Export Health Certificates and Phytosanitary Certificates.
  • Check for any further import controls against the UK Global Tariff.

Contact us now to arrange to help with these new requirements: