On January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom left the European Customs Union, and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom entered into force.

This implies that the UK will be considered a third country from 1 January 2021, and that the exporters of goods need to provide the necessary customs export documents.

As an exporter you don’t need to worry about the ENS message (Safety & Security), EML is taking care of this, but should you have any questions related to Customs & Brexit, please don’t hesitate to contact our in-house Customs specialist.


Latest news on Brexit: new timetable for UK imports

Yet again, and this for the 3rd time, the customs administration announced that the United Kingdom is adopting a new timetable for border formalities for the import of goods.

The UK Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency has announced that no further controls on the entry of EU goods will come into effect this year (2022).

Official announcement:

Some key elements:



No further import controls on EU goods will be introduced this year. Businesses can stop their preparations for July now. We will publish a Target Operating Model in the Autumn that will set out our new regime of border import controls and will target the end of 2023 as the revised introduction date for our controls regime, which will deliver on our promise to create the world’s best border on our shores.


This new approach will apply equally to goods from the EU and goods from the rest of the world. 


Specifically, the following controls which were planned for introduction from July 2022 will now not be introduced:

  • A requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports currently at destination to be moved to Border Control Post (BCP).
  • A requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports.
  • A requirement for further health certification and SPS checks for EU imports.
  • Prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU.

The Border Operating Model will be updated to reflect this and a copy will be placed in the libraries of both Houses in due course.



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