Brexit Transition

From 1 January 2021, EU ports implement new customs and regulatory controls at their ports for goods arriving from Great Britain. The UK will phase in frontier controls. We will keep this page updated with news on the impacts this is having at the UK border.


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11 March 2021: Today the government has announced that customs and SPS controls will not be enforced at the border on 1 July but instead be implemented in January 2022. 

The British Ports Association has welcomed the UK government’s announcement today that the enforcement of post-Brexit border controls on inbound European freight will be delayed from July to January 2022. The BPA has welcomed the move which is a big positive step to keeping trade flowing.

Commenting, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association which represents all of the UK’s main roll-on roll-off ports at which vehicles will be subject to new checks said:

“This is excellent news and we welcome the government’s pragmatic decision. Much of the infrastructure being built to facilitate these border controls is unlikely to be ready by July so this move enables ports to prepare better for what will be a major change in our trading relationship with Europe. We had asked the government to consider this extension and so are delighted that Ministers have acted. This will enable our trade to continue to flow fluidly until the new facilities are complete. Of course there is much to do and once completed these border processes will introduce major changes at ports but this extension goes a long way to helping ports and the logistics industry get ready.”