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Changing the rules

Changing the rules for importing goods into the UK

The first regulations, introduced as part of the Border Target Operating Model project, will start to be implemented from October 31, 2023.

Without proper preparation, exporters will not be able to bring certain products into the UK, Bunasta customs agency informs.

The Border Target Operating Model project is a new approach to screening and sanitary and phytosanitary controls (applicable to imports of live animals, animal products, plants and plant products). It outlines how controls will be simplified, digitized and reduced to a single window for import, export and transit, the so-called single window. Single Trade Window.

The upcoming changes will affect carriers transporting food products and food exporters.

EU to UK sellers:


-live animals,

-products of animal origin

-plants or plant products

Check the risk level of your goods now according to the rules of the Border Target Operating Model.

The new rules will come into force in stages. First one in almost 4 months. On October 31, 2023, health certificates will be introduced for imports from the European Union of products of animal origin, plants, plant products and high-risk food (and feed) not derived from medium-risk animals.

On 31 January 2024, risk-based identity and documentary checks will come into effect for products of animal origin, plants, plant products and high-risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU. In turn, on October 31, 2024, the obligation to declare safety and security for goods imported from the European Union will come into force.

Consultations on the final wording of the new rules are currently underway in the UK. This phase should be completed in the coming weeks.

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