New Brexit Rules 2022 This is what will change for the export of goods to the United Kingdom

On January 1, 2021, Brexit became official, which means that the UK is no longer part of the European Union. To make this transition slightly easier, transitional arrangements were in place for the first year. However, some of those arrangements expired on January 1, 2022. In this article, you can read about the changes export companies will have to deal with this year.

More thorough border control for export to the UK

The UK customs will carry out more thorough inspections on goods entering the UK as of January 1, 2022. Carriers are required to use the Goods Vehicle Moment Service (GVMS) starting this year. This border control system is mandatory for nearly all UK ports. On the British government website, you will find an overview of the ports that use GVMS. Are you unfamiliar with this system? Then check out the following GVMS instruction video from the UK government.

UK Import declaration possible via 2 models

It is now possible to submit import declarations via the following 2 models:

  • Temporary Storage model. This model is meant for temporary storage up to 90 days, while goods wait for the next customs destination.
  • Pre-lodgement model. Via this model, you can submit your most important declarations before your goods even arrive at the harbour.

Certificate of origin for export of goods to the UK

Since Brexit, goods that are exported to the UK need to have a Certificate of Origin. In 2021, certificates based on supplier declarations were permissible in lieu of a retrospective submission. This is no longer possible as of January 1, 2022. This means that exporters must be in possession of suppliers declarations to prove the origin of goods when exporting these goods.

Postponing UK import declaration no longer possible

Under certain conditions, UK importers were allowed to postpone the import declaration for six months. As of 1 January 2022, this is no longer possible and a fully completed UK import declaration is mandatory. This change mainly affects UK importers, unless it has been agreed in the Incoterms that, in addition to declaring the goods, you as a seller are also responsible for customs clearance.

Advance notice food and agricultural goods

Starting this year, an advance notice for food and agricultural goods is mandatory. This applies to animal products as well as plant-based products. The importer must register these products in the JCT system of the UK before arrival.

Health certificates mandatory for export to the UK

As of July 1, 2022, a veterinary health certificate is required for the export of products of animal origin. This includes meat, fish, dairy, and eggs, among other things.

For low-risk products such as plant-based products, a Phytosanitary Certificate is required. This applies to, for example, cut flowers, vegetables, and fruit.

UK customs will implement these requirements and (physical) inspections in phases between 1 July and 1 November 2022.

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