On Friday, June 12, 2020 the government of the United Kingdom announced the original Brexit Transition Period deadline of December 31, 2020 will not be extended.

In response to businesses affected by the coronavirus, the UK has introduced border controls for European Union goods imported into Great Britain which will be introduced in stages at the end of Transition Period.

JANUARY 2021: Standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations.

  • While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made.
  • There will be checks on controlled goods like alcohol and tobacco.
  • There will also be physical checks at the point of destination or other approved premises on all high-risk live animals and plants.

APRIL 2021: All products of animal origin – meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products; and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

JULY 2021: All goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs.

  • Full Safety and Security declarations will be required.
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary commodities will receive an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples.
  • Checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts.

To date, the UK government has provided £84m to the customs sector to incorporate EU trade beyond 2020. Furthermore, they have committed to building new border facilities and other infrastructure as needed to support trade activity.

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