On January 31, 2024, significant changes to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures will come into effect, impacting the importation of various goods from the European Union to the UK. These changes aim to enhance the protection of human, animal, and plant health, ensuring that imported products meet stringent safety standards. Businesses involved in international trade must understand and prepare for these changes to avoid disruptions at the border.
Animal Products: Medium-risk animal products imported from the EU will require health certification.
Plants and Plant Products: Medium-risk plants and plant products from the EU will also require health certification.
High-risk food and feed of non-animal origin imported from the EU will now require health certification to ensure compliance with SPS measures.
Pre-notification requirements for low-risk plant and plant products from the EU will be eliminated, streamlining the import process for these goods.
Utilise online tools provided by authorities to determine the risk category of your commodity, ensuring you are aware of the specific requirements applicable to your needs.
Collaborate with your supply chain partners to ensure they can provide your business with necessary health and phytosanitary certificates. Stay informed about the requirements and collaborate closely with your suppliers.
Familiarise yourself with the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) and be prepared to submit pre-notifications to facilitate smooth customs clearance correctly.
Controls and indicative checks for goods will be proportionate to their risk category. The implementation of SPS checks will be carried out in two phases, with the first phase beginning on January 31, 2024. The table below outlines the controls and indicative checks for each risk category.
The rate of checks under the Border Operating Model, compared to the current EU regime, is presented in the following table:
As the changes to SPS measures take effect on January 31, 2024, it is imperative for businesses engaged in international trade to stay informed and compliant. Utilise online tools to determine the risk category of your imports, collaborate with your supply chain for required certificates, and be prepared to submit pre-notifications accurately. By proactively addressing these changes, businesses can navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and maintain a smooth flow of goods across borders.
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