The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic is the reason for the postponements in the implementation of border controls announced in a press release by the Cabinet Office on March 11. Lord Frost of Allenton explains: "We will now introduce border controls broadly six months later than planned to give traders time to focus on getting back on their feet as the economy opens up after a difficult year."
October 1, 2021: Products of Animal Origin (POAO)
Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.
Until January 1, 2022: Supplementary import declarations possible
Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.
Note: Safety and Security Declarations for imports will also not be required until 1 January 2022.
From January 2022: More checks on POAO and high-risk plants
Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.
Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.
Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.
From March 2022:
From March 2022, checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.
"Border Operating Model" is being revised
On the GOV.UK website, a guide on the "Border Operating Model" explains the individual stages in more detail and reference to the new timetable announced by the British government is made. It is expected that the Customs Guide will be available in updated form shortly.