The UK government is introducing the TOM in phases:
- 31 January 2024
Requiring health declarations and phytosanitary certificates for imports into the UK of animal products, plants and plant products with a medium risk from the EU.
- 30 April 2024
Introduction of documentary checks and risk-based identity and physical checks of medium-risk animal products, plants and plant products risk from the EU.
- 31 October 2024
All exporters from the EU will be required, prior to transport to the UK to submit a safety declaration (ENS).
TOM stands for Border Target Operating Model. With it, the UK government introduces additional customs rules and a renewed control regime for access of goods to the UK.
In phase 1 (31-01-2024) and phase 2 (30-04-2024), the TOM is important first and foremost for exporters and their supply chain partners exporting veterinary and phytosanitary cargo from the EU to the UK. In phase 3 (31-10-2024), the TOM affects all exporters and their supply chain partners.