For imports from the EU, UK importers have two options until 31 December 2021 for standard goods. They can file an import declaration immediately upon entry, or they can choose to register the goods in their own administration in a simplified way. The declaration will then be submitted six months later. In practice, this means that there are currently hardly any delays, if any at all, at the British border.
- Import rules and border controls in the UK already apply to a limited group of goods on the controlled list.
- For live animals and ‘high risk’ agricultural goods, such as trees and perennials, a veterinary or phytosanitary health certificate is required for entry into the UK. This certificate is issued by an inspection service – such as the NVWA – in the country of origin.