Important changes to importing food, animal products, plants and plant products from the EU and EFTA countries | Chemicals Northwest
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From‌‌‌ ‌‌31‌‌‌ ‌‌January 2024 – new border requirements will come into effect when importing certain commodities, including some food, into Great Britain. This will mark the start of the introduction of the UK’s new Border Target Operating Model.

On 29‌‌‌ ‌‌August 2023, the UK Government published the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM), setting out our new approach to Sanitary and Phytosanitary controls, and Safety and Security controls. 
 

This model seeks to deliver an innovative, world-leading border that will support UK trade across the globe. The BTOM is also designed to minimise trader burdens by creating a digitally advanced, risk-based and simplified import regime, that will bolster UK biosecurity and security protections, whilst crucially maintaining the vital flow of goods.
 

Supply chains will need to act now to be prepared for the upcoming changes set out below.


BTOM Implementation Timeline

31‌‌‌ ‌‌January 2024:

the introduction of health certification on imports of medium-risk animal products and high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin (HRFNAO) from the EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
the introduction of phytosanitary certification on medium-risk plants and plant products from the EU, Switzerland and Lichtenstein
the removal of pre-notification requirements for low-risk plant and plant products from the EU, Switzerland and Lichtenstein
low-risk animal product imports from EU and EFTA countries must continue to pre-notify as now
the introduction of pre-notification for HRFNAO, medium and low-risk animal products, from the EU, EFTA and non-qualifying Northern Ireland goods that are shipped from the island of Ireland
the introduction of pre-notification for medium-risk plants and plant products from the EU, Switzerland and Lichtenstein as well as for non-qualifying Northern Ireland goods, that are shipped from the island of Ireland

30‌‌‌ ‌‌April 2024:
the introduction of documentary and risk-based identity and physical checks on medium risk animal products, plants, plant products and high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin from the EU
existing inspections of high-risk plants/plant products from the EU, Switzerland and Lichtenstein will move from destination to border control posts
we will also begin to simplify imports from non-EU countries. This will include the removal of health certification and routine checks on low-risk animal products, plants, plant products from non-EU countries as well as reduction in physical and identity check levels on medium-risk animal products from non-EU countries  

31‌‌‌ ‌‌October 2024:
the requirement for Safety and Security declarations for imports into Great Britain from the EU or from other territories where the waiver applies will come into force from 31‌‌‌ ‌‌October 2024 as set out in the original Target Operating Model
alongside this, we will introduce a reduced Safety and Security dataset for all imports and use of the UK Single Trade Window will remove duplication where possible across different pre-arrival datasets – such as pre-lodged customs declarations

Act now to ensure that you and your supply chains are compliant when these changes come in.

Yours faithfully
HM Revenue and Customs and Defra

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