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Charging arrangements at government-run border control posts

By June 16, 2023No Comments

This consultation seeks views on the government’s plan to introduce a Common User Charge to recover operating costs at government-run border control posts.

In the recently published draft Target Operating Model, government outlined its plan to charge for eligible sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) consignments. The charge would recover operating costs for government-run border control posts (BCPs). As part of this plan it committed to consulting on the proposed methodology and rates.

The objectives of the consultation, which is being carried out under Article 85(3) of the retained Official Controls Regulation (2017/625), are to seek views:

  • on Defra’s intention to administer a single Common User Charge for eligible SPS consignments at government-run BCPs serving the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
  • on the principles, methodology and indicative rates of the Common User Charge to determine fair and reasonable charges
  • about any potential impacts and implications of the introduction of these charges

Defra welcomes feedback on the impacts of the proposal on businesses of all sizes and operating different business models.

You can access the consultation here.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 9 July 2023.



Ben Kemp