Post-Brexit checks on goods entering the UK from the European Union will be reduced and simplified, the British government announced on Wednesday. They are to be introduced gradually from October this year.
The British government, fearing that the controls would cause disruption to ports, he has already postponed their introduction four timesalthough it is obliged to do so under the post-Brexit trade agreement with the EU. This caused considerable friction in relations with Brussels.
How the UK wants to solve the control problem
The plan, unveiled on Wednesday, aims to reduce the need for physical checks on “many types of goods” and for those where they are necessary – especially animal and vegetable products – they will be carried out away from ports to prevent delays at the border.
The customs and control process is to be streamlined through the use of “single trading window“, allowing traders to provide information about goods via a single digital system, but it will not be fully operational until 2027.
An introduction is also planned Trusted Merchant pilot program to test further simplified processes for those importers who frequently import the same goods.
First changes from October 31, 2023
Under the plan, health certificates for animal and plant products transported from the EU could be introduced by 31 October, with further measures planned in two successive stages over 2024. None of these new rules will apply to imports of goods from the EU to Ireland Northern, which remains in the single EU market in terms of trade in goods, because it was regulated under the Windsor framework agreed in February between the British government and the European Commission.
More about the so-called “Windsor frames” you can read in: Brexit ‘will last forever’. The last agreement does not end the matter
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