The UK government has announced that they have postponed the remaining customs controls for goods that are imported from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) to Great Britain (GB) until 2023. This is due to the ongoing issues being faced due to Brexit, Covid 19, higher cost of living and the ongoing war within Ukraine. The UK government believe that it is best to delay the remaining controls until the economy is more stable.
However many traders are not happy with this delay, as they have been preparing for the introduction of the remaining elements and have have invested in software and staff to ensure that they were ready.
Businesses will continue to benefit from the arrangements in place in 2021 for these commodities and from the deferral of customs declarations allowed for non-controlled goods.
Below outlines the current postponed customs elements until 2023:
- Safety and Security Declarations (ENS) will not be required on 1st July 2022 and will now be postponed until 2023.
- Pre-notification requirements of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) goods will now be postponed until 2023.
- Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining regulated animal by-products, all regulated plants and plant products, all meat and meat products, all remaining high-risk food not of animal origin.
- Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining regulated products of animal origin, including composite products and fish products.