We would like to share with you some important updates on changes to UK import regulations that could affect your business.
As always, we are here to help you navigate these changes and ensure your business continues to thrive.
The Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) is a new approach the UK is adopting for border security and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls. This model will be implemented in three main stages over the course of 2024 and it is crucial that you are prepared for these changes.
From 31 January 2024, SPS certification will be required for the import of medium risk products from the EU.
From 30 April 2024, risk-based physical and identity checks will be introduced. In addition, testing for trusted traders will start.
Full implementation of the BTOM is expected by 31 October 2024. At this stage, all imports into the UK from the EU will have to be accompanied by a Security and Safety declaration (summary declarations) and the UK’s Single Window for Trade will be available.
Despite the implementation plans, there are concerns that many EU exporters are not prepared for the BTOM changes. Some suggest the possibility of a sixth delay, but the UK government has strongly asserted that implementation will not be delayed again.
Importantly, the BTOM will be delivered through simplification, digitisation and a new Single Window for Trade. The Single Window for Trade is designed to facilitate the submission of data, with the aim of eliminating duplication of data needed for trade. This new technology will be delivered from 2023 and is expected to be fully operational by 2025.
Finally, it is crucial that exporters familiarise themselves with the BTOM risk categories for the products they are importing. These risk categories will determine the specific requirements for each type of product.
We thank you for your attention and remain at your disposal for any questions or clarification you may need.