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Brexit 2022: Ready for big UK Customs changes?

(FREE) Watch our webinar on-demand to learn about how upcoming Brexit related customs changes in 2022

The current easement of delaying declarations when import goods into free circulation in Great Britain from EU free circulation expires on 31 December 2021.

From this moment on, businesses need to make full import declarations. There are also new import controls that are coming up throughout the year, together with global changes at WCO level.

This has important supply chain, cost and organisations implications for EU and UK businesses.

Businesses, small and big, need to prepare.

As we celebrate the launch of our newest training programme: Making correct Customs Declarations using CDS", we invite you to watch on-demand our free webinar to learn from Customs Experts:

  • What are the changes in 2022 that businesses need to know about

  • What is a full customs declaration and how should businesses prepare for these

  • Shall I lodge customs declaration myself or hire a customs agent?

  • Indirect vs Direct Agent, roles and responsibilities

  • Instructions of your Agent

  • CHIEF vs CDS

  • GVMS and GMR

  • Upcoming import controls of 2022 (IPAFFS, EHC, PEACH etc)

  • Impact of WCO HS 2022

  • What businesses can do

The webinar was hosted by Arne Mielken, an acclaimed leading customs and global trade expert in the UK and the EU, who advises all types of businesses on how to implement efficient and effective customs controls, processes and procedures.

From the Customs and Global Trade Update of 6 September 2021 (updated webinar of 24.11.2021 to come shortly)

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Arne Mielken -UK Upcoming changes - 2021 - 2022 and how businesses should be prepared
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The UK government has laid out plans to introduce full border control processes by March 2022 at the latest.

Arne Mielken, Managing Director of Customs Manager Ltd explains the July 2021 changes announced in the UK Border Operating Model

The key timetable and dates that businesses need to know about are:


Under the revised timetable:

  • The requirements for pre-notification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 January 2022.

  • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.

  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.

  • Safety and Security declarations on imports will be required as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022. Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as previously announced.

Pre-notification will be required for

  1. Products of animal origin (POAO)

  2. high-risk food not of animal origin (HRFNAO)

  3. Animal by-products

Health certificates will be required for products of animal origin and certain animal by-products.

For more information on importing or moving live animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed of animal origin, click here.

For more information on importing or moving fish to the UK, click here.

Guidance on importing animals has also been updated in “guidance for EU businesses exporting to the UK”, click here for more information.

Safety and Security requirements

HMRC wrote to traders on July 21 to update them on safety and security (S&S) requirements for imports and exports. This update included information on which Exit Summary (EXS) declaration process will need to be followed from 1 October 2021.

There is already a requirement to submit S&S information for exports from Great Britain. This is normally met by submitting a full export declaration that contains S&S information, or with a standalone Exit Summary (EXS) declaration.

Both types of pre-departure declaration should be submitted on CHIEF for exports from Great Britain.

A temporary waiver of this requirement is in place until 30 September 2021, for goods in RoRo vehicles, and for empty vehicles, containers and pallets moving under a transport contract from Great Britain to the EU.

From 1 October 2021, S&S information will be required on all movements out of Great

Britain, unless permanently exempt. If you need to submit an EXS declaration, you will need to follow one of two processes, depending on which port and mode of transport you use to export from Great Britain:

  • You will follow the existing rest of the world EXS process if you export through an inventory linked port or for any mode other than RoRo through a non-inventory linked port.

  • You will follow a new EXS process for exports if you export through Dover, Holyhead or Eurotunnel or by RoRo via a non-inventory linked location. You will need to submit an ‘arrived’ Exit Summary Declaration which removes the requirement to submit a separate arrival message in CHIEF. To do this, you will need to submit an Export Full Declaration on CHIEF using a new CPC code 10 00 056. This CPC code will be available in CHIEF from 1 October 2021. You will need to ensure your software is compatible with this new CPC code. We expect to make this new CPC code available for testing in CHIEF HMUT in late July 2021.

Official letter from HMRC announcing this change

Letter from HMRC regarding the temporary waiver of EXS for pallets
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From 1 January 2022 - REVISED SEE ABOVE

  1. Safety and Security declarations for imported goods will be required.

  2. Physical SPS checks for products of animal origin, certain animal by-products, HRFNAO and high-risk plants, will take place at Border Control Posts.

  3. Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates, will be introduced for low-risk plants and plant products.

  4. Customs declarations on all goods will be required at the point of import, and businesses will no longer be able to use the deferred declaration scheme.

From 1 March 2022 - REVISED SEE ABOVE

  • Checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals, low-risk plants and plant products.


Download a 20+ slide PowerPoint PRESENTATION on these changes and timetables

Delayed Customs Controls until 2022 - Pr
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Full 20+ slides presentation in .ppt

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