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New EU-to GB import rules

With the start of the new year, new regulations for import declarations have been put into place. British importers are now obligated to ensure that import declarations are completed for EU goods as soon as they enter the country.

Businesses importing sanitary or phytosanitary goods to the UK will be subject to checks and will have to submit pre-notification about the shipping goods to the Animal and Plant Health Agency of DEFRA using import of products, animals, goods and feed system (IPAFFS).

Further rules on SPS (sanitary or phytosanitary) goods will be included in phases from 1 July.

Starting on the 1st of January 2022, the governments new Goods Vehicle Movement Services (GVMS) was put into place for goods moving between the EU and GB. For hauliers carrying imported goods to GB ports with a ‘pre-lodgement’ model rather than a ‘temporary storage’ approach, using GVMS will be mandatory.

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