Brexit - End of Transition Period, and Border Operating Model

In anticipation of the UK’s exit from the EU on the 1st of January 2021, the government has published a large amount of guidance on what businesses should do to ensure that they are adequately prepared. Numerous links are given below but of interest are:

  • Movement of goods
  • The Border Operating Model
  • Importing Animal by-products, including skins and hides
  • Import and export licences
  • Moving goods into, out of and through Northern Ireland – this cannot be resolved until negotiations with the EU are concluded but full guidance is anticipated before the end of the transition period.

On movement of goods, three customs models are presented for dealing with imports and exports with the EU, after the 1st of January. For all, companies will need to ensure that they: have an EORI number; apply and be approved for a duty deferment account; acquire the specialist software and training to manage the new arrangements and; apply for a Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) badge.

On movement of animal by-products (ABP), UK companies will no longer have access to the EU TRACE system and will need to use the UK’s new Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed Systems (IPAFFS). Imports from non-EU countries will still require veterinary checks. Requirements for imports from the EU will be phased in. From the 1st of April, 2021, all POAO will require EHC and pre-notification to IPAFFS. From the 1st of July, all POAO will require EHC and prenotification and will have to enter the UK via a Border Control Post. This has implications for imports of raw hides from NI, the largest importing country for raw materials for the UK.

EU Exit preparations
Michael Gove statement on EU Exit preparations: 13 July 2020: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove made a statement in the House of Commons on preparations for the end of the Transition Period.

Movement of goods
How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: Information for traders on importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU after 1 January 2021.
List of customs agents and fast parcel operators from 1 January 2021: The list of customs agents has been updated with 17 new entries and 3 amendments, and the list of fast parcel operators with 4 new entries and 1 amendment.

UK Government publishes new Border Operating Model: press release
The Border Operating Model: A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.

Importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from 1 January 2021: New sections on importing from an EU country added, including the rules from 1 January 2021, 1 April 2021 and 1 July 2021.
Major new campaign to prepare UK for end of the transition period: The government has launched a new campaign to help businesses and individuals prepare for the end of the transition period.
£705 million investment for GB-EU border
Unprecedented £705 million investment will fund new infrastructure, jobs and technology at GB-EU border.
Declaring goods brought into Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2021: You can record your goods in your commercial records and make a supplementary declaration 6 months later. You will not need to submit an entry summary declaration.
Get someone to deal with customs for you: How you can hire a person or business to deal with customs for you.

For the following links, please note that the pages are yet to be updated. Please continue to check the links for updates as relevant information will appear on them over coming weeks:
Import licences and certificates from 1 January 2021: Licences, certificates and special rules for bringing goods into the UK from 1 January 2021.
Export licences and certificates from 1 January 2021: Licences, certificates and special rules for taking goods out of the UK from 1 January 2021.
Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: What UK businesses can do now to get ready for 2021.
Labelling and marketing standards from 1 January 2021: Labelling and marketing standards you must follow to import and export food, plant seeds or manufactured goods from 1 January 2021.

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