Important Changes to Imports 1 January 2022

From 1 January 2022 import declarations must be completed before EU goods arrive in Great Britain and two options will be available for imported goods arriving into the UK from the EU.

The pre-lodgement model – importers complete all declarations before the goods leave the EU, and customs clearance takes place while the goods are in transit (on the ship). The pre-lodgement model will be adopted at Britain’s ‘roll on, roll off’ ports facilitating a seamless onward journey into Britain. This model enables companies to move their goods quickly and suits perishable or high-priority items. This option is ChamberCustoms preferred choice. To operate successfully we must receive the vehicle or trailer registration number for HMRC to scan on entry and avoid using the temporary storage model.

Temporary storage model – businesses provide the safety and security information required in both the EU and UK before their goods board the ferry, but customs formalities (i.e. completing an import declaration and receiving clearance from customs) occurs while goods are temporarily stored after arriving in a GB port. Goods will be delivered into a ETSF warehouse and must be fully customs cleared before onward journey to their end destination.  This option has added costs (handover fees, storage fees etc)

From 1 July 2022, safety and security declarations are required for all imports.

We hope the above explains the changes moving forward but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

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Published On: December 7th, 2021