A summary of the border and transition period announcement

Tue, June 16th, 2020

full controls on goods entering UK will not apply until July 2021...

On Friday 12 June Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove announced:

We have informed the EU today that we will not extend the Transition Period. The moment for extension has now passed. At the end of this year we will control our own laws and borders which is why we are able to take the sovereign decision to introduce arrangements in a way that gives businesses impacted by coronavirus time to adjust.

The Government plan involves a phased implementation of controls in January, April and July next year.

  • From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made.
  • From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.
  • From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for SPS commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts

This is a welcomed temporary and pragmatic” response to accommodate the current strains on businesses as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, organizations like BCC, Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association have expressed their satisfaction with the decision.

Commenting on additional grant funding to support customs agents, BCC Director of Trade Facilitation Liam Smyth said:

“We are pleased to see the government respond to our call to provide additional funding for customs agents. More than 150,000 traders will need support to make customs declarations for the first time, and this £50m will help to make that happen.”

The UK Global Tariff will apply to all goods imported into the UK from 1 January 2021, unless an exception applies. The measures announced on the 12 June will not apply to third countries outside of the EU. Full import controls will continue to apply on trade between the UK and third countries outside of the EU and EEA.

Source: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-accelerates-border-planning-for-the-end-of-the-transition-period

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