EU import controls delayed again

The government announced on 28th April that the remaining import controls on EU goods will no longer be introduced this year. They have acknowledged that the invasion of Ukraine has had a significant effect on supply chains that are still recovering from the pandemic.

This change is expected to save British importers at least £1 billion in annual costs.

The controls introduced in January 2021 on the highest risk imports of animals, animal products, plants and plant products will continue to apply alongside the customs controls which have already been introduced.

The government continues to build on its 2025 Border Strategy, including the UK Single Trade Window – a new digital platform that will create a seamless new ‘digital’ border, where technologies and real-time data will cut queues and smooth trade.