Whilst the original plan for new GB customs checks including sanitary/phytosanitary and safety and security declarations was supposed to occur in July 2021, the plans have been altered in order to give businesses more time to prepare during the pandemic. This means that instead of taking place in July, these changes will be enforced in January 2022.
Customs declarations are used to detail the goods that are being transported in as much detail as possible. They are a vital part of customs procedures.
In January 2021 it was announced that full customs declarations would only be a requirement for controlled goods, such as tobacco and alcohol.
From January 2022, you will be required to submit a full customs declaration for all goods at the time of import. You may be eligible however for simplified customs procedures, which may help to make this transition a lot simpler than you may have first expected.
Safety and Security Declarations are essential documents that help assess the risk attached to bringing goods into different customs territories. There are two different types of SSD; ENS (entry summary declaration) and EXS (exit summary declaration).
Since January 2021, it has only been required that ENS documents are completed when organising your customs processes.
From January 2022, it is essential that both ENS and EXS declarations are submitted on the appropriate journeys. We can help - Check out the CustomsLink SSD builder for help creating and submitting these declarations.
Import and export tariffs need to be paid on all goods that don’t comply with the requirements stipulated in the Rules of Origin.
Since January 2021, these duties have been able to be paid later in the customs process and payment has been allowed to be deferred until customs declarations have been made.
In January 2022, this will change and applicable tariffs will need to be paid on import. However, the option to defer payments will be available to many traders.
Sanitary and phytosanitary goods are subject to stringent customs procedures in order to ensure that the goods are safe, with appropriate hygiene measures in place and that they follow all biosecurity regulations. There are a lot of different rules that are in place for SPS goods and it is imperative that you get this right when you are trading them.
Since January 2021, there have been checks on SPS goods that are carried out at either the point of destination or approved premises. It has also been necessary for correct health documentation and pre-notification for the import of high-risk live animals and plants to be conducted.
From October 2021, all imports of live animals and plants must be pre-notified via IPAFFS and you will also be required to show all correct health documentation. Physical checks will be necessary and will continue to be conducted at the point of destination or on approved premises.
From January 2022 there will be an increased amount of physical checks being conducted on SPS goods. Any goods that are subject to SPS checks will be required to transit through a Border Control Post where people that are appropriately equipped to operate checks on SPS goods will ensure all necessary customs procedures are being completed correctly.
Making sure that you are prepared for all of the changes is vital in order to ensure that you are able to continue to conduct trade as smoothly as possible in January 2022. Keep a close eye on our blog for more crucial industry updates!