UK import controls - extension of implementation dates

Irish exporters exporting to, or through, the United Kingdom (UK), excluding Northern Ireland, must comply with:

  • customs export formalities that have applied since 1 January 2021
  • and
  • UK requirements for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) movements.

On 14 September 2021, the UK Government announced a change to the timelines for the introduction of new SPS controls on imports from the European Union (EU) into the UK.

The changes will impact Irish exporters of:

  • all products of animal origin, including all meat, dairy, fish and composite products incorporating products of animal origin
  • certain animal by-products
  • high risk food not of animal origin
  • and
  • regulated plants and plant products. 

The new UK import controls will apply from the following dates:

  • 1 January 2022 – pre-notification of import consignments and the provision of health certificates for certain consignments
  • 1 July 2022
    • the operation of checks on live animals.
    • Entry Summary Declarations (ENS) on imports, for Safety and Security requirements will be required. 

The Exit Summary Declaration (EXS) waiver for UK exports moving through RoRo ferry ends on 30 September 2021. From 1 October 2021 an EXS declaration will be required to be submitted to UK customs, prior to the goods leaving GB. This will impact both transit movements (EU-GB-EU) and exports from GB.

The UK will introduce full customs declarations on 1 January 2022. If you have

  • imported goods into Great Britain during 2021
  • and
  • the goods are not controlled

you may have been eligible to delay sending to, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the full information about the goods by up to 175 days on a supplementary declaration. This facilitation ceases on 1 January 2022.

Next: Preparing for changes to UK SPS controls