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Woodland: New Year customs changes in brief

[ December 16, 2021   //   ]

Freight forwarder Woodland has produced a summary of the changes to import rules and border controls from the EU to Great Britain which will be phased in throughout 2022, from 1 January 2022.

Changes for 1 January 2022 are:

Full import declarations will now be required at the point of entry into the UK for all goods. The easement of using CFSP EIDR (deferred declarations) in its current form ends at the end of the year. Supplementary declarations are only permitted if you are authorised by HMRC.

Customs checks will now begin on goods imported from the EU. This involves full customs border controls on any products selected for a documentary or physical examination. Data quality on commodity codes, product origin (especially if claiming preferential origin as part of the EU-UK TCA) and product valuation are key areas of customs focus.

The Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) will go fully live for EU imports into GB. This UK government IT platform will require the transport provider to be registered and input customs entry numbers before goods will be allowed to leave the EU at non-inventory linked locations such as Dover or Eurotunnel.

Pre-notification requirements will be implemented on agri-food products. This will require the GB importer, or person responsible for the import, to be registered in the IPAFF system for notifying UK authorities of movements of live animals, animal products, and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin, into GB from the EU.

The ‘importers knowledge’ easement which allowed an importer to state where goods originated in order to gain Duty free preference from the EU ends. Traders will need to have supporting evidence at time of import such as a statement of origin.

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