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DEFRA announce series of training webinars

Whilst the UK left the EU, when Transition ended on 31 December 2021 with full border controls being introduced in the EU for UK goods being shipped to the Continent and Ireland, full controls have not been imposed on EU goods being imported into the UK mainland from the EU.

The first stage of the Border Operating Model implementation saw some additional controls re-introduced.

There remain two further stages to come to re-establish full border controls for goods subject to SPS controls:

  • Additional checks on foodstuffs as of 1 October 2021, this stage will focus on documentary checks

  • Full frontier controls for all foodstuffs with full documentary checks and inspection of goods at a BCP for foodstuffs being re-imposed on 1 January 2022

Some of the most significant problems encountered in the first weeks after 1 January 2021 related to the shipments of foodstuffs sent to the EU. In the first few weeks 90% of foodstuff shipments shipped from the UK to EU via the Short Straits route were non-compliant. Now the situation appears to have reversed, with 99% of such shipments arriving in the EU compliant.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wishes learn from the lessons of those initial problems, in order to avoid similar problems when controls are imposed, as detailed above, for foodstuffs etc being imported into the UK mainland.

The webinars on changes to importing food and drink, including composite food and fishery products from the EU to Great Britain from 1 October 2021 can be viewed at Webinars for importers of food and drink products from the EU to Great Britain - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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