At the UK border

The United Kingdom (UK) is tightening customs requirements step by step due to Brexit. Make sure you are always prepared for this in good time. This will prevent you from being stranded at the UK border or even already in the Dutch port. This page briefly tells you which customs rules you currently have to comply with.

Note! The UK government will gradually introduce additional customs rules from autumn 2023. These are set out in the Border Target Operating Model (TOM). The new rules particularly relate to veterinary and phytosanitary cargo, but also require all exporters to submit a security declaration (ENS) prior to transport to the UK.

Laatste update
30 May 2023 08:39

Current customs rules UK

Effective from 1 January 2022

  • Immediate entry into the UK always requires an import declaration

    The scheme that applied in the UK in 2021 for six months’ postponement of the submission of import declarations expired on 1 January 2022. 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) or PEACH (Procedure for Electronic Application for Certificates from the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate).

Effective since 1 January 2021