New dates: UK phased import controls


New dates: UK phased import controls

On 11th March 2021, the UK Government announced a revised timetable for the introduction of controls. The revised timetable delays the post-Brexit checks on EU goods coming into Great Britain by six months.

Preparations still need to be made in advance. Check out our page: Essential Preparations: 1 October & 1 January 2022

The announcement includes the following information:

  • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.


  • Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.


  • Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1 January 2022.


  • Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.


  • Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.


  • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.


  • From March 2022checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.

For full details, refer to the statement made by Michael Gove MP here