The Cabinet Office published its Border Target Operating Model on Tuesday, setting out the timetable for the implementation of the checks, which aim to “better protect the UK against biosecurity threats and create a world-class border system.”
According to the Office, health certification for imports of medium-risk animal products, plants, plant products and high-risk food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU will now begin on 31 January 2024.
This means that the introduction has been delayed by a further three months from late October, as previously planned.
Meanwhile, documentary and risk-based identity and physical checks on the above-mentioned products will be introduced in April 2024. Safety and security declarations for EU imports will be implemented in October 2024.
The revised timetable aims to “give stakeholders additional time to prepare for the new checks,” said the Cabinet Office.
“Our Border Target Operating Model will ensure more efficient trading for businesses, protect against biosecurity threats and further crack down on illegal imports such as firearms and drugs,” said Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office.
The Office expects the impact of border controls on food inflation to be minor, predicted at less than 0.2 percent across three years.