In August 2023, the UK government published the new Border Target Operating Model (BTOM). This model is designed to streamline import processes while maintaining efficiency in control mechanisms.
The BTOM outlines a fresh approach towards managing Safety and Security controls, as well as Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls. This new strategy is pivotal in balancing the ease of import processes with robust regulatory oversight.
Effective from 31 January 2024, health certifications will become mandatory for imports of medium-risk animal products, plants, plant products, and high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin from the EU.
UK registered businesses that meet criteria outlined in the BTOM may be eligible for simplifications under the Authorised Operator Status (AOS) scheme for plant and plant product imports, and the Accredited Trusted Trader Scheme for animal products.
From 31 October 2024, Safety and Security declarations for imports from the EU and other applicable territories will be mandatory.
Export Safety and Security declarations will be exempt for certain outbound freeport goods from Great Britain, outbound transit from Great Britain, and fish caught in UK waters and landed in non-UK ports.
This platform will facilitate the submission of declarations and aim to reduce redundancy across various pre-arrival data sets, including pre-lodged customs declarations.
The new Border Target Operating Model represents a significant step in optimizing the UK's border control processes, balancing the need for security with the efficiency of trade operations. As these changes roll out, businesses and stakeholders are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new requirements and take advantage of the available simplifications.