Remaining import controls on EU goods will no longer be introduced this year, the government announced today.
Instead, traders will continue to ship their goods from the European Union to Britain as they currently do.
Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and recent increases in global energy costs have had a significant effect on supply chains still recovering from the pandemic.
The government therefore concluded that it would be wrong to impose new administrative requirements on businesses that could pass the associated costs on to consumers already facing pressure on their finances.
The change in approach is expected to save UK importers at least £1 billion in annual costs.
The government will now consider how to implement these remaining controls in an improved way. The new target operating model will be based on better risk assessment and harness the power of data and technology. It will be published in the fall and the new control regime will come into effect at the end of 2023.
This process will build on existing work already underway under Border Strategy 2025, including the UK’s One Stop Shop – a new digital platform that will help traders move goods across borders more easily. global scale. Our goal is to create a new seamless “digital” frontier, where real-time technologies and data will reduce queues and facilitate exchanges.
The controls introduced in January 2021 on the highest risk imports of animals, animal products, plants and plant products will continue to apply alongside the customs controls that have already been introduced.
Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said:
Today’s decision will allow UK businesses to focus on recovering from the pandemic, managing global supply chain issues and ensuring new costs are not passed on to consumers.
It is essential that we have the right import control regime in place, so we will now work with industry to review these remaining controls so that they best meet the interests of the UK.
We want the process of importing goods from the EU to be safe, secure and efficient and we want to leverage innovative new technologies to streamline processes and reduce friction. It is precisely because of Brexit that we are able to build this UK-centric system.
The UK Government is committed to ensuring the process of importing goods remains safe, secure and efficient and will leverage new innovative technologies to streamline future processes and reduce friction.
Our engagement with the industry will be guided by these goals and will build on existing work already underway, including the UK’s One Stop Shop – a new digital gateway that will help traders move goods across the border more easily. global scale.
John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs. Eurotunnel said:
Eurotunnel supports this decision which will ensure the smooth flow of goods to the UK. This is good for traders as it reduces import declaration paperwork on foodstuffs and perishables.
It’s good for carriers because it increases border fluidity and it’s good for consumers because it reduces the cost of living.
Michael Schymik, International Director of SEF Langdon’s said:
Current paper-based SPS processes and procedures are not suited for the digital world of the 21st century.
This policy shift towards a smarter digital border by the UK government will enable the free flow of safe food products in Britain.
The decision could lead to more EU businesses returning to export to the UK market, increasing competition and ultimately lowering prices for the consumer.