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Border Delivery Group Update



This bulletin provides the latest news from Government relating to UK borders during the transition period.

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Contents of this update:

Government confirms plans to introduce import controls


The Future Relationship with the EU.  The UK’s Approach to Negotiations

HMRC extends customs grant funding deadline


Government confirms plans to introduce import controls


The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, announced recently at a Border Delivery Group stakeholder event, that full border controls will be introduced after the transition period ends in December 2020. The decision avoids any trade distortions between the UK and EU and treats all UK exports and imports equally, meaning traders in the EU and GB will have to submit customs declarations and be liable to goods’ checks.

He also confirmed that the policy easements put in place in October 2019 will not be reintroduced as businesses have time to prepare. This includes the easement on Safety and Security declarations on imports from the EU.


The Future Relationship with the EU. The UK’s Approach to Negotiations


Government has published a 30-page document outlining its priorities for negotiations. The main element is the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement covering substantially all trade. It proposes a separate agreement on fisheries that will take back control of UK waters; an agreement on law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters to help protect the public and bring criminals to justice; and agreements in technical areas covering aviation, energy and civil nuclear cooperation which will help ensure continuity for the UK on its new footing as an independent sovereign nation.

You will have noted that the UK is not seeking a waiver in relation to Safety and Security declarations as part of the FTA negotiations, and will be implementing the requirement for Safety and Security declarations. Accordingly, we expect that the EU will implement UCC Safety and Security requirements on GB/EU trade. The UK will be able to set out our own requirements, consistent with the international SAFE framework and our border security ambitions. However, the default is the implementation of Safety and Security declarations in line with the rest of the world. The processes required to fulfil Safety & Security requirements will form part of the border operating model which BDG is working on with all relevant Departments, and plans to publish at the end of March.


HMRC extends customs grant funding deadline


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021.

The scheme, first announced in September 2019, had been due to close on 31 January 2020. To date, applications have been made for around £18.5 million out of a possible £26 million – meaning there is at least £7.5 million left to claim from HMRC.

As well as supporting recruitment and improved IT capability, the money applied for so far could potentially fund nearly 15,000 training courses to help traders submit customs declarations.


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