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HM Government - UK Transition - Border Operating Model

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HM Government has today released an updated version of the EU Exit Border Operating Model for Importing and Exporting Goods between UK and EU with effect from 1 January 2021.

EU Exit will affect goods movements including some changes which the document refers to as the Core Model; the elements of which will be introduced in stages between the 1 January 2021 and 21 July 2021 i.e. Customs Declarations (Exports & Imports), Customs Duties (Imports), VAT (Imports), and Safety & Security Declarations (Exports & Imports). However, there may be some differences in processes depending on which border location the goods enter or leave GB. The main difference in process will be the requirement for pre-lodgement of customs declarations at some ports and not others. This is a commercial decision that border locations will take in due course.

The key new additions and changes include:

• Details of the new infrastructure requirements including locations;
• Updates in a number of agrifood and environmental policy areas including fish, chemicals, fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances, high priority plants and   plant products;
• Further detail on delayed customs declarations and the requirements of Entry in Declarants Records (EIDR);
• Further details regarding the approach to liabilities for intermediaries;
• Information on what ‘poor compliance history’ means;
• Clarity on guarantees and DDA requirements;
• Bulk import reduced data set details;
• Further clarity on level of checks applying to goods subject to sanitary and phytosanitary controls in July 2021;
• The ”Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border” Service (formerly referred to as Smart Freight);
• Refreshed process maps to reflect where greater detail is now available;
• A number of new annexes including passengers policies, requirements for aviation, rail and energy sectors; and
• Updated annexes regarding Member State requirements.

The full content of the latest version of the Border Operating Model is available for download from here

Posted on Thursday 08 October 2020