January looks set to be a busy time for logistics providers and international traders, after the government released details of their new border controls, which are set to be phased in from the turn of the year.
The Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) was originally published in April 23 as a draft version, with the final version being confirmed last week.
As well as the introduction of BOTM, which includes sanitary and phytosanitary controls, full customs controls for non-qualifying Northern Ireland goods will apply from January, with export declarations being moved from CHIEF to CDS by March 30th.
It doesn’t stop there, as April sees the introduction of checks on medium risk animal products, plants, plant products and high risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU.
Of course, new import and export procedures have been in place since 2021, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. However, the introduction of these more complex controls has been postponed by the government on several occasions.
The full government border control document can be found HERE.