UK customs 2022: Revised timeline and GVMS locations
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UK customs 2022: Revised timeline and GVMS locations

In 2022, there will be changes of UK customs procedures for import border control processes under the Border Operating Model and an update on GVMS locations.

Revised timeline

On September 14, 2021, changes to the timetable for introducing import border control processes in the Border Operating Model were announced.

From January 1, 2022: Full customs declarations

Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on January 1, 2022 as previously announced, although Safety and Security Declarations will now not be required until July 1, 2022. Pre-notification requirements of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods on import of products, animals, food, and feed system (IPAFFS), which were due to be introduced on October 1, 2021, will now be introduced on January 1, 2022.

From July 1, 2022:  Safety and Security Declarations required

Safety and Security Declarations will be required for all imports into mainland GB.

From July 1, 2022: Physical checks for selected products 

Certification and physical checks will be introduced for:

  • All remaining regulated animal by-products
  • All regulated plants and plant products
  • All meat and meat products
  • All remaining high-risk foods not of animal origin

High-priority plant and plant product checks will transfer from place of destination to designated BCPs and control points as from July 1, 2022.

Physical checks of live animals will take place at designated border control posts where a facility is operational at the point of entry. Where there is no designated BCP, checks will continue to take place at the destination for other ports of entry until sufficient BCPs are operational. Checks at Sevington inland BCP and designated airport BCPs will start on July 1, 2022.

From September 1, 2022: Dairy products

Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all dairy products

From November 1, 2022: Physical checks on all regulated products

Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining regulated products of animal origin, including composite products and fish products.

>> See details in the Border Operating Model

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Update on GVMS locations

As from January 1, 2022, import declarations must be completed before EU goods arrive in the United Kingdom. The implementation of the 'pre-logement' model and the use of the online Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) are getting more and more important.

The following ports are adopting the pre-logement model for EU-to-UK imports: 

  • Dover (Irish Ferries, P&O, DFDS – all RoRo movements)
  • Eurotunnel (all RoRo movements)
  • Felixstowe (DFDS only - all RoRo movements)
  • Harwich (Stena Line only - all RoRo movements)
  • Hull (P&O only - all RoRo movements)
  • Immingham (DFDS - all RoRo movements)
  • Killingholme (Stena Line, CLdN - all RoRo movements)
  • Liverpool (CLdN only)
  • Newhaven (DFDS only - all RoRo movements)
  • Port of Tyne (DFDS only - all RoRo movements)
  • Poole (Brittany Ferries only - RoRo accompanied only)
  • Portsmouth (Brittany Ferries only - RoRo accompanied only)
  • Purfleet (CLdN - all RoRo movements)
  • Sheerness (DFDS only - all RoRo movements)
  • Teesport (P&O only - all RoRo movements)
  • Tilbury 2 (P&O only - all RoRo movements)

The locations where export declarations will need to be submitted as arrived (EXA) are:

  • Dover (Irish Ferries, P&O and DFDS – all RoRo movements)
  • Eurotunnel (all RoRo movements)
  • Fishguard (Stena Line only - all RoRo movements)
  • Heysham (Stena Line, Seatrucks - all RoRo movements)
  • Holyhead (Irish Ferries, Stena Line - all RoRo movements)
  • Liverpool (P&O, Stena Line, Seatrucks, CLdN - all RoRo movements)
  • Newhaven (DFDS only, all RoRo movements)
  • Pembroke (Irish Ferries only - all RoRo movements)
  • Sheerness (DFDS only - all RoRo movements)

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Country codes: No more "EU"

For many years, the UK authorities have recommended that the "EU" country code should not be used in customs declarations. As from January 1, 2022, the “EU” code will finally become invalid in the CHIEF system. The same will apply in CDS shortly afterwards. Please use the member state's correct country code instead.