Update to the Border Operating Model

The UK Government has published an updated Border Operating Model - the guide to how the border works with the European Union

This new version of the model reflects the revised timetable for the introduction of UK border import controls, as announced on 14 September. 

The Border Operating Model has confirmed that the grace period for Prohibitions and Restrictions (P&Rs) on certain Products of Animal Origin (POAO) imports will continue.

From 1 January 2022, businesses can continue to import the following commodities from the EU into Great Britain until 30 June 2022.

  • chilled minced meat (beef, pork, lamb, mutton and goat)
  • chilled and frozen minced poultry meat
  • mechanical separated meat from porcine, poultry and ratite or game birds
  • ungraded eggs  
  • chilled meat preparations

Under the revised timetable: 

  • Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced, although Safety and Security Declarations will now not be required until 01 July 2022. 
  • Pre-notification requirements of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced on 01 October 2021, will now be introduced on 01 January 2022. 
  • From 01 July 2022, 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. 
  • From 01 September 2022, certification and physical checks will be introduced for all dairy products 
  • From 01 November 2022, certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining regulated products of animal origin, including composite products and fish products. 
  • High-priority plants and plant products checks will transfer from place of destination to designated BCPs and control points from 01 July 2022. 
  • Live animal physical checks will take place at designated border control posts where a facility is operational at the point of entry. Where there is no designated BCP, checks will remain at destination for other ports of entry until sufficient BCPs are operational. Checks at Sevington inland BCP and designated airport BCPs will commence from 01 July 2022.

The updated Border Operating Model aims to continue to help businesses which trade with the EU to understand the approaching new requirements and those which are already in effect. 

The UK Government are also encouraging businesses to access the resources available here

Future updates to the Border Operating Model will be made online through GOV.UK.

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