Last reviewed 10 May 2022

We reported earlier this month that the changes to import controls on EU goods, expected to be introduced on 1 July, will not now be introduced this year (see Government drops July deadline for introducing import controls on EU goods).

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has begun writing to traders to confirm that the Government will now review how to implement these remaining controls in a way that harnesses new technologies, with further details to be published in a new controls regime targeted to come into force at the end of 2023.

It highlights that the controls that have already been introduced will remain in place and, if a business imports goods from the EU into Great Britain and has chosen to submit safety and security (S&S) declarations on those movements, they can continue to do so on a voluntary basis.

“We are still committed to closing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system in line with the published dates and encourage everyone to continue preparing to move to the Customs Declaration Service,” HMRC went on. “CHIEF will close for imports after 30 September 2022, and exports after 31 March 2023. The move across to the Customs Declaration Service is still on track.”

Businesses with a specific question about importing, exporting or customs reliefs are being invited to call the Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm at weekends.