Changes to import controls between Ireland and Great Britain announced
Posted on 14th April 2023 at 15:21
From 31st October 2023, imports to Great Britain from the Republic of Ireland will be subjected to full import controls, in line with imports from elsewhere in the European Union. This means that entries will need to be submitted and cleared in advance (or at the time of) goods' arrival and could be subjected to holds at border control posts until goods are confirmed as released.
As part of the implementation of post-Brexit border controls, a concession has previously been made to goods shipped from the Republic of Ireland into Great Britain, whereby goods would not be held, and customs entries would need to be declared within 175 days of arrival into the country. This has made the Ireland-Great Britain border a somewhat smooth and flexible option for importers, however this loophole is now set to close, meaning crossings such as those from Rosslare to Fishguard are subjected to the same level of control and regulation as goods arriving through Dover from Calais, for example.
Goods can ship, depending on ferry operator and port of entry, through either the temporary storage (inventory-linked) model, or through the provision of a prelodged customs entry in GVMS. More information on these processes is available here.
Bearing in mind the need for additional health certification also being implemented for imports to the UK from the same date, and the physical checks being installed at the end of January 2024, detailed in our earlier blog, this will mean a big change and a swift escalation for traders shipping across this key route.
Boast International is electronically-linked to all major ports and is ready to assist with this latest transition period to clear your goods shipped from Ireland. Please contact our European specialists to ensure you are set up and ready for 31st October.
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