UK government publishes new draft Border Target Operating Model

NBCC – Today the UK Government, with the support of the Scottish and Welsh Governments, has published our new draft Border Target Operating Model (TOM).

The publication can be accessed: The Border Target Operating Model: Draft for Feedback

A press release containing additional background can be accessed at: UK Government publishes draft proposals for new border controls – GOV.UK (

The Minister of State for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the border, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, and Borders Group Director, Tom Smith, are hosting a call today, Wednesday 5th April, at 16:00 (NL time), at which they will present the new TOM. Plans will also be set out for a period of engagement in the coming weeks.

This is a public call open to government and industry stakeholders. The link to the All Stakeholder Call can be found here.

Responding to the publication of draft proposals from Government for new border controls, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: 

“The British Chambers of Commerce is a big believer in the shift to a digital trade system. If it is done properly then smaller firms will see benefits when it comes to importing goods into Great Britain.

“Providing certainty for business is crucial and the focus must now be on delivering to the timescales set out. This will need a concerted effort to get the physical and digital infrastructure in place.

“It is then vital that companies, here and across the world, involved in sourcing and supply chains, are properly prepared for these changes and the introduction of new trusted trader arrangements.

“We look forward to engaging with our members and businesses across the UK on the details during the six-week consultation period ahead and pre-implementation period thereafter, as well as Government, to ensure the switchover runs as smoothly as possible.”