On January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom left the European Customs Union, and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom entered into force.

This implies that the UK will be considered a third country from 1 January 2021, and that the exporters of goods need to provide the necessary customs export documents.

As an exporter you don’t need to worry about the ENS message (Safety & Security), EML is taking care of this, but should you have any questions related to Customs & Brexit, please don’t hesitate to contact our in-house Customs specialist.


Latest news on Brexit: new timetable for UK imports

During the Brexit sub-working group on 15 March, the customs administration announced that the United Kingdom is adopting a new timetable for border formalities for the import of goods.


The British government chose to introduce the border formalities around Brexit in phases. According to the initial schedule, deadlines were April 1 (phytosanitary obligations) and July 1, 2021 (full customs formalities and control).

The UK communicated that the initial timeline will be replaced by three new deadlines.

October 1, 2021

Pre-notifications for goods of animal origin and some other food products with a higher risk. Health certificates for certain products of animal origin

January 1, 2022

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Full customs declaration, end of reverse use of declaration moment

Physical controls for phytosanitary goods

March 1, 2022

Border control points will start with controls on live animals and plant products



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