UK announces new access model

Phase-in starts 31 October 2023

Questions on Brexit?

Focus on veterinary and phytosanitary cargoes

The United Kingdom (UK) is phasing in a new Border Target Operating Model (TOM), with additional customs rules for importing goods. The emphasis in this TOM is on the further control of incoming veterinary and phytosanitary cargo.

Note! All other exporters to the UK also face the TOM. The mandatory submission of an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) prior to transport is part of the TOM.

Final TOM before summer

The new TOM is currently still a draft. In a wide consultation round, the UK government has asked all stakeholders for their feedback. Publication of the final TOM is scheduled for the end of June 2023.

TOM webinars by target group

The UK government organised an enlightening webinar for all different target groups within the veterinary and phytosanitary sectors during the consultation phase of the TOM. View the webinar intended for you via the button below.


The key dates

For exporters of veterinary and phytosanitary cargoes

31 October 2023

Mandatory health declarations and phytosanitary certificates for imports into the UK of medium-risk animal, plant and plant products and for imports of high-risk non-animal food (and feed) from the EU.

31 January 2024

Introduction of documentary checks and risk-based identity and physical checks of medium-risk animal, plant and plant products and high-risk non-animal food (and feed) from the EU.

All the above information is subject to change.

Key dates

For all exporters

31 October 2024

All exporters from the EU will be required to submit a safety declaration (ENS) prior to transport to the UK.

All the above information is subject to change.

Important to know right now

6 main topics for smooth transport to and from the UK.

Existing customs rules unchanged

The customs rules already introduced earlier by the UK because of Brexit will remain unchanged.

All customs rules are detailed in the UK government’s Border Operating Model. Make sure you comply with it. This will prevent cargo from standing still at the UK border or even already in the Dutch port.

Important for all exporters

These are the current customs rules:

Effective from 1 January 2022

  • Entry into the UK via the pre-lodgement and temporary storage model
  • Immediate entry into the UK always requires an import declaration
  • Mandatory pre-notification of veterinary and phytosanitary cargo in the UK

Effective from 1 January 2021

Brexit knowledge base

In our knowledge base you will find the answers to many questions about your transport to and from the United Kingdom after Brexit.

New to transport to and from the UK

The Dutch Brexit solution?

Since the introduction of Brexit in 2021, you are required to complete 5 simple steps to ensure smooth transport through the Dutch ports. This applies to both inbound and outbound cargo.

All ferry and shortsea terminals make this chain-wide Get Ready for Brexit approach mandatory. Only correctly pre-notified cargo can enter and leave the terminal. From importer, exporter and forwarder to carrier and driver: everyone has a task to perform for Get Ready for Brexit. Together, we ensure that every transport to and from the United Kingdom always runs smoothly.

This means Brexit for you as:

Initiating partners

Supporting the logistics business via Get Ready for Brexit is a joint initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Portbase, Deltalinqs, evofenedex, Fenex and TLN.

In collaboration with

These organisations support the Get Ready for Brexit initiative and help us inform and activate their customers, members and relations.

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