The UK Government has decided to delay further some elements of the new border controls, especially those relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods. Accordingly:
- the requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as opposed to 1 October 2021;
- the new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022;
- Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022;
- the requirement for Safety and Security declarations on imports will be introduced as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.
The timetable for the removal of the current easements in relation to full customs controls and the introduction of customs checks remains unchanged from the planned 1 January 2022.