UK government delays remaining SPS controls.

The UK government has once again (fourth time) advised traders that the planned implementation of the remaining SPS controls for imports into the UK from the EU that were to come into effect on 1st July and November 2022, will no longer take place.

This we believe will be frustrating news to many traders and will have a major financial impact for those who have invested in preparations for the changes coming into effect.

The procedures for imports of phytosanitary goods that were implemented on 1st January 2022, will remain in place.  Meaning that pre-notification via the IPAFFS system remains necessary for imports of products of animal origin, animal by-products, high risk food not of animal origin and lower risk plants and plant products from the EU to GB.

The implementation of physical, document and ID checks on remaining regulated animal by-products, meat and meat products, lower risk plants and plant products and remaining high risk food not of animal origin will now not be coming into effect on the 1st July 2022 as originally planned.

Along with these, the physical, document and ID checks on all dairy products which were to come into effect from 1st September 2022 will now be postponed including all remaining products of animal origin, composite and fish products which were to take place from 1st November 2022.

Things to note:-

  • Continue to pre-notify any phytosanitary goods (Export Health Certificates and Border Control Inspections will not now be required from 1st July 2022).
  • Organic products will not be subject to further change in import processes.
  • Phytosanitary Imports from Ireland into GB will remain as of January 2022.
  • Phytosanitary goods subject to safeguard measures from 1st January 2021 will remain subject to those measures, including pre-notification, the requirement for Export Health Certification and border control inspection.

HMRC Announcement

We will continue to review the situation and if any further developments or changes are announced we will be sure to keep you informed.

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