Import Compliance Tracker

Aug 11, 2022

CE marking

Effective1 January 2023

AMENDED: Since exiting the Customs Union of the EU, the UK has introduced its own conformity mark known as the UKCA mark to replace the EU CE Mark. On 20 June 2022, the Government announced a range of changes to make it simpler for businesses to apply new product conformity markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales.

UK imports of aerosol products

Effective1 January 2023

All aerosol products sold in GB after 31 December 2021 must carry the UKCA. On 20 June 2022, the Government announced a range of changes to make it simpler for businesses to apply new product conformity markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes aerosols.

CDS comes into force for imports

Effective30 September 2022

AMENDED: The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) was originally planned to replace the UK customs entry computer (Customs Handling of Import/Export Freight — CHIEF — system) over three phases between August 2018 and early 2019 but it was delayed due to technical issues.

Plastic Packaging Tax 

Effective1 April 2022

AMENDED: Initial guidance to help businesses prepare for the new Plastic Packaging Tax is now available on GOV.UK. This was updated on 16 June 2022 to add information in the “What to include on your return” section. HMRC has also confirmed that the return for the accounting period 1 April to 30 June 2022 must be submitted on or before Friday 29 July 2022.

UK announces new economic sanctions against Russia

Effective15 March 2022

AMENDED: UK Government announced hundreds of key products from Russia and Belarus would be hit with new import tariffs of 35% as UK decides to deny Russia and Belarus access to Most Favoured Nation (MFN) a key benefits of WTO membership. It confirmed, on 27 June 2022, that gold was shortly to be added to the list of banned exports.

UK tariff suspension scheme

Effective1 June 2021

UK set out the new independent tariff suspension scheme to support UK businesses.

UK Trade Remedies Authority

Effective1 June 2021

AMENDED: The UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) was officially established on 1 June 2021 by the new Trade Act 2021, replacing the interim Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate (TRID), which was part of the Department for International Trade.

Returned goods relief from EU

Effective1 January 2021

There is an 18-month grace period that permits goods coming to GB from the EU to return to the UK under the provisions of Returned Goods Relief, regardless of how long they had been in the EU.

UK Generalised System of Preference Scheme Updates

Effective1 January 2021

AMENDED: From 1 January 2021, the UK implemented a GSP Scheme independent from the GSP Scheme used in the EU.

Imports from the EU into GB

Effective2023

GB (England, Scotland and Wales) left the Customs Union of the EU on 31 December 2020. Though under the Northern Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland (NI) remained covered by EU Customs Regulations.

Physical checks at Border Control Posts GB

Effective2023

Arrivals into GB from EU of Products of Animal Origin (POAO) from 1 March 2022 must have the GB format health certificate and a Common Health Entry Document (CHED) must be completed on IPAFFS.

Pre-notification for low-risk plants from EU to GB

Effective2023

Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates were due to be required for low-risk plants and plant products coming from the EU from 1 July 2022. This has now been postponed to 2023.

Chamber news: BCC Welcomes MAC Recommendations 

Chamber news: BCC Welcomes MAC Recommendations 

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is one of 54 chambers accredited by the British Chambers across the UK. Through this network, our team helps to facilitate local, national and international connections, support and representation for organisations of all sizes...

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Saudi Arabia & Philippines join ATA Carnet scheme

Saudi Arabia & Philippines join ATA Carnet scheme

Here is the latest update regarding Saudi Arabia and the Philippines joining the ATA Carnet Scheme. Saudi Arabia: ATA Carnets will be accepted by the Saudi Customs for the following categories of goods: goods for display or use at exhibitions, fairs, meetings. The...

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