The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, and agreed The Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December 2020.
From 1 January 2021, new checks apply when exporting goods from Great Britain (GB) to the EU.
From 1 October 2021, paperwork was meant to be required when importing food and animal products to GB from the EU. The implementation of this paperwork has now been delayed again until 2022.
This is the second time the UK Government has delayed the implementation of border checks on goods being imported into GB from the EU. Originally checks were due to start on 1 April 2021.
Further changes to customs procedures that should have taken place in January 2022, including physical checks on imports have been postponed until July 2022. Key border control posts in ferry ports including Dover and Holyhead have yet to be built.
Businesses based in GB have already dealt with huge disruption when exporting goods to the EU and will now be at a significant disadvantage to EU producers, who do not face GB checks until July 2022.
The new Customs checks on EU imports cannot be postponed indefinitely by the UK Government, as World Trade Organisation rules ensure that border checks must be consistent for all trading partners.
If you would like advice regarding the significant changes to importing and/or exporting to/from the EU, please contact us at Tudor International Freight, on 0333 1234 747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Established in Horsforth, Leeds, back in 1991, we are a logistics company who are experts in road, air and sea freight. We transport goods to most major cities, towns and suburbs across all 6 continents. We go over and above to ensure that our client’s products, goods and cargo are transported around the world safely and successfully. We are a family business, who are still based in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire.