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Border Controls for Imports from 1 Jan 2022 – Key changes reminder and updated documents

By January 14, 2022No Comments

Please be reminded of the below new changes to border controls for importing products from the EU into GB from 1 January 2022:

From 1 January 2022, full customs declarations for imports will be required and the option to delay declarations for up to 6 months comes to an end. Customs declarations are complex and you may want to consider appointing an intermediary to make declarations on your behalf. A list of custom intermediaries can be found here.

  • From 1 January 2022, full customs declarations for imports will be required and the option to delay declarations for up to 6 months comes to an end. Customs declarations are complex and you may want to consider appointing an intermediary to make declarations on your behalf. A list of custom intermediaries can be found here.
  • You (or your intermediary) can apply for authorisation to use Simplified Customs Declarations Processes, which reduces the number of requirements at the border. This allows traders to use a simplified customs declaration or entry in business records upfront, followed by a supplementary declaration at a later date.
  • Pre-notification for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) goods will be required. Please note that finished medicines and CE marked medical devices containing products of animal origin (POAO) are exempt from SPS controls.
  • From 1 January 2022 you can continue to use Postponed VAT Accounting (PVA) on all customs declarations that require you to account for import VAT, including supplementary declarations, except when HMRC has told you otherwise. PVA allows UK VAT registered importers to account for and recover import VAT on their VAT return, rather than paying the import VAT when the goods are imported.
  • Safety and Security declarations on imports will not be required until July 2022.

There have been updates made to the below documents in light of the changes which took effect at the start of January:

  • Acting as a Responsible Person (import)
  • The requirements to get a goods movement reference from 1 January 2022 have been updated. This is because of changes to the goods vehicle movement service and the decision to temporarily extend staged customs controls for goods moving from Ireland and Northern Ireland (where applicable) to Great Britain. Guidance about when you declare goods orally or by conduct has also been updated. For more information, click here.
    BEIS has launched a series of on demand videos, to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules. Topics include importing and exporting, trade, Rules of Origin, tariffs, data, and audit and accounting. To view the videos, click here.
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