Please note! The UK government plans to announce a new customs regime in autumn 2022 for, among other things, security declarations (ENS) and the inspection of veterinary and phytosanitary cargo entering the UK. The implementation will start at the end of 2023.
You can read all the details in the Border Operating Model of the British government.
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
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
- Import rules and border controls for a limited group of goods on the controlled list
- Compulsory veterinary or phytosanitary certificate for entry of live animals and ‘high risk’ agricultural goods, such as trees and perennials