Update on import controls on EU goods

The announcement by the UK government on a new approach to import controls confirms that the remaining import controls on EU goods will no longer be introduced this year. Instead, traders will continue to move their goods from the EU to Great Britain as they do now. 

The UK government will now review how to implement these remaining controls in an improved way that harnesses innovative new technologies, with further details to be published in a new controls regime targeted to come into force at the end of 2023.   

Specifically, the following controls which were planned for introduction from July 2022 will now not be introduced, these were:

  • a requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports currently at destination to be moved to Border Control Post (BCP) 
  • a requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports 
  • a requirement for further health certification and SPS checks for EU imports 
  • prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU 

However, if a business imports goods from the EU into Great Britain and has chosen to submit safety and security (S&S) declarations on those movements, they can continue to do so on a voluntary basis.  

HMRC are still committed to closing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system in line with the published dates and encourage everyone to continue preparing to move to the Customs Declaration Service. CHIEF will close for imports after 30 September 2022, and exports after 31 March 2023. The move across to the Customs Declaration Service is still on track.  

If you have a specific question about importing, exporting or customs reliefs call our Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm at weekends. You can also send HMRC your questions or contact them by webchat.

The Export Support Service is a new helpline for UK businesses to get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe. The service is a 'one-stop-shop' and brings together UK government information, making it easier for exporters to access advice and support.   

Posted on: Wednesday 18th May 2022