Madrid, September 14 (Europe Press) –
The UK government decided, for the second time in a row, to postpone the entry into force of various customs controls on imports from the European Union, referring to the impact of the pandemic on global supply chains and its consequences for British companies.
The Secretary of State and President of Brexit, David Frost, made it clear that the problems arising from the new customs controls would have affected the agriculture and food sector above all. “Instead of passing these new controls at this time, the government has decided to listen to those who have called for a new approach to give companies more time to adjust,” Frost said.
This is the second time that a British CEO has delayed entry into force of customs controls with the community bloc. It was originally scheduled to go into effect on April 1, but has been pushed back to October 1.
Now, the government has postponed many of those controls again. Full customs controls and declarations will take effect on January 1, 2022, as planned. However, the government has postponed the security announcements until July 1, 2022.
Under the new time horizon, the government postponed the entry into force from October 1 to January 1 to comply with prior notification of health and plant goods and new requirements for health certificates. Similarly, the obligation to submit phytosanitary certificates at customs centers has been postponed from January 1 to July 1.
“Companies will now have more time to prepare for these controls, which will be adapted throughout 2022,” Frost added.