Full customs controls are now in place

09 Jan 2022


Full customs controls are now in place between the EU (except Ireland) and Great Britain (GB)

The changes that came into force on 1 January 2022 include:

  • Requirement for full customs import declarations for all goods at the time you or your courier/freight forwarder bring them into Great Britain, except if they are non-controlled goods imported from Ireland to GB.
  • Customs controls at all ports and other border locations. Your goods may be directed to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for documentary or physical checks if these checks cannot be done at the border.
  • Requirement for a suppliers’ declaration proving the origin of your goods (either UK or EU) if you’re using the zero tariffs agreed in the UK’s trade deal with the EU.
  • Changes to commodity codes, which are used to classify your goods for customs declarations.

Important information about completing Customs Import and Export Declarations

As of 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2022, goods exported from GB to the EU and goods imported from the EU to GB (with the exception of goods being imported from the island of Ireland) are subject to full customs controls.

If you’re importing goods, you need to make sure that you (or your agent) have submitted the correct import declaration. If authorised, you or your agent can choose to use simplified procedures for imports.

If you’re exporting goods, you need to make sure that you (or your agent) have submitted the correct customs export declaration. To avoid delays, check with your haulier what route they are using to move your goods, and whether they need a pre-lodged or arrived export declaration reference from you.

Where you can get help with importing and exporting

Gov.uk have webinars and YouTube videos on importing and exporting with the EU that you can watch by going to their help and support for UK transition page.

If you export to the EU, the government Export Support Service is a free service giving you access to online and phone support. You can find more information on GOV.UK or by calling 0300‌‌ ‌303‌‌ ‌8955 where you will be put in touch with a member of the dedicated export support team.

Alternatively, contact our Export Team on 01744 742015 / 742108 or email your questions to info@sthelenschamber.com