A straw poll as part of UK exporters has unearthed how unprepared most are for upcoming changes to the British border and how they will affect them.
Taken on an Institute of Export & International Trade webinar, just 6% of attendees said they were ‘completely clear’ about upcoming changes, whilst 16% said they were ‘clear’.
The question relates to the government’s Border Target Operating Model which sets out how the UK will approach checks on some goods entering from the EU – including several sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements.
The new border controls are designed to protect the UK against security and biosecurity threats and to ensure a smooth flow of goods, delivered as part of the 2025 Border Strategy.
Kevin Shakespeare of the IOE&IT noted: “There’s a lot going on in the trade and customs space in the UK. It can be a challenge to keep up, but there are also opportunities for businesses operating compliantly, that take the time to analyse and stay up-to-date on the changes.”
The 200-page document explains how the UK will adopt a digitised and risk-based approach to border checks with agencies conducting different levels of checks depending on the risk category of the product.
The same approach will then also be applied to non-EU goods entering GB.
IOE&IT customs specialist Anna Doherty further explained: “The impact of the model will vary depending on what you trade.
“For example, for exporters of SPS goods, the EU has been implementing controls right from the end of the transition period. To bring these checks into the UK will even out the playing field for these businesses.
“The model is also bringing in a range of simplifications. If you’re bringing in SPS goods from the rest of the world, then the modernisation in this regime will allow you to align your processes.”
UK importers and exporters have more to contend with too over the next 18 months, including the migration to CDS for exporters, a new NCTS5 system for transit, and the Windsor Framework.
Three key milestones that exporters need to know as part of the British Border Operating Model include:
- 31 January 2024 – The introduction of health certification on imports of medium-risk animal products, plants, plant products and high-risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU
- 30 April 2024 – The introduction of documentary and risk-based identity and physical checks on medium-risk animal products, plants, plant products and high-risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU. At this point, Imports of Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods from the rest of the world will begin to benefit from the new risk-based model
31 October 2024 – Safety and Security declarations for EU imports will come into force from 31 October 2024. Alongside this, we will introduce a reduced dataset for imports
If your business is yet to fully understand what upcoming changes mean for continued operations, Go Exporting can help you uncover the practical steps you need to make to remain compliant, continue seamless trade, and even spot an opportunity for growth.