What does Brexit say

Phase 2 and Phase 3 of checks and processes at the GB-EU border come into effect in April and July 2021. For Phase 2, additional agri-food products will require pre-notification and documentation. For Phase 3, full import controls will apply on all goods and agri-food goods must pass through a Border Control Post.

What do we say

Though there will be no changes to the core import processes in April 2021, additional requirements in relation to some categories of goods subject to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls (namely animal products (products of animal origin only), fishery products and live bivalve molluscs, high risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO) and plants and plant products) will be introduced. These requirements will include the need for additional paperwork, physical checks and specified entry points for goods that are to be imported. In July 2021, as part of changes to the Core Model for exports, further requirements will be introduced for all of the remaining goods subject to SPS controls including changes to the rules on marketing standards for imports.

At present, there is no notable discussion of derogation from the prescribed framework for implementing changes to SPS controls. Traders should therefore plan ahead to ensure they are in a position to implement the changes necessary to be compliant with the relevant deadlines.

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