At the UK border

With a step-by-step introduction of the Border Target Operating Model (TOM), the United Kingdom (UK) is further tightening customs requirements for imports. Always make sure you are prepared in time. This will prevent you from stalling at the UK border or even as early as the Dutch port. This is the state of affairs:

Laatste update
01 February 2024 10:54

Effective since 31 January 2024

For a large group of animal products, plants and plant products from a medium risk onwards, a phytosanitary or veterinary certificate is required for imports into the UK.

Starts 30 April 2024

The UK opens Border Control Posts to inspect incoming animal products, plants and plant products from a medium risk from the EU.

Starts 31 October 2024

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

Other customs rules UK

Effective from 1 January 2022

  • Access to the UK via the pre-lodgement and temporary storage model

    Since 1 January 2022, the British government has applied two different models for cargo access to UK ports: pre-lodgement and temporary storage. In the British ports that are served from the Netherlands, both models are allowed. Read here how Dutch ferry operators deal with this.

  • Immediate entry into the UK always requires an import declaration

    Without a further declaration, cargo cannot continue its journey in the British port (temporary storage) or even already in the Dutch port (pre-lodgement).

  • Obligatory pre-notification of veterinary and phytosanitary cargo in the UK

    The importer in the UK is obliged to pre-notify veterinary and phytosanitary cargo in the British IPAFFS (Import of products, animals, food and feed system).

Effective since 1 January 2021