Post-Brexit borders check delayed until 2022

Brexit borders news

Pre-notification and export health certification for animal products will not be required until 1 October 2021, and for low-risk plant and plant products until 1 January 2022.

Physical checks at the border will not take place on a range of agri-food products and high-risk plants until 1 January 2022. These will be carried out at Border Control Posts.

Physical checks on live animals and low-risk plants and plant material will not take place until March 2022. These will be carried out at Border Control Posts.

The previous Border Operating Model dictated that the new but limited Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls, which have been applied to goods imported from the EU including live animals and high priority plants from 1 January 2021, would be expanded from 1 April 2021 to cover administrative requirements. This included pre-notification of imports and health certificates for all products of animal origin, as well as regulated plant and plant materials.

The EU has applied full SPS controls on UK exports entering its market for all agri-food products.
Together, fresh fruit and vegetables remain the highest value category for imports of agri-food from the EU, totalling £7.3 billion in 2019.