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International Trade – January 2022

1 JANUARY 2022

Here is a re-cap of the changes implemented at the GB-EU border from 1 January.  Other changes will be phased in through 2022.

By the end of November 2022, all the GB inbound formalities and checks on EU imports will be in place.

Here’s what you need to be ready for as an importer in GB, and speaking to EU suppliers (excluding those in the Republic of Ireland for now) and customers about:

  • Expiry of easement on suppliers’ declaration usage not being required at time of export. Companies can  prove origin through an EUR1 certificate supplied by their Chamber of Commerce, a statement of origin made on a supplier invoice, a suppliers’ declaration being in place at the time of export of the goods or for goods arriving in GB, or by relying on ‘importer’s knowledge’.
  • Expiry of easement on deferred supplementary customs declarations (importers have been permitted to defer these by up to 175 days during 2021). Declarations will need to be made at the point of entry alongside the goods from this date (although some traders may be authorised in advance on application to make simplified declarations).
  • Check whether the UK Commodity Codes for your goods have changed. 351 sets of amendments are being made, impacting over 5500 HS Headings and Subheadings.
  • Introduction of GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement System) in GB. Your customs broker, hauliers or freight forwarders should be able to create a GVMS entry for your goods – now is the time to speak to them. The system is easy to operate and should not incur any costs, ChamberCustoms provide this service free to their customers.
  • Pre-notification of plant products and products of animal origin before consignments leave EU for GB begins. Goods not pre-notified to the UK IPAFFS database cannot travel.

From 1 July 2022 safety and security certificates will be required to accompany inbound consignments from the EU into GB.

For GB exporters to the EU, the corresponding easement on the use of suppliers’ declarations to declare the origin of the goods for consignments being exported to the EU also expires on 1 January 2022. Firms that have not obtained authorisation to use simplified declarations by 1 January must make full customs declarations at the point of entry of the goods from that date, quite different from the practices they have followed in 2021.

Border Control Posts are being constructed at ports and border entry points across GB.

For animal and plant products, prenotification has been partly decoupled from the documentary and physical checks to provide a further grace period of several months duration. From the middle of the year documentary checks of export health certificates (EHCs) for products of animal origin, phytosanitary certificates for plants and plant products, together with identity and physical checks of some consignments, will be introduced at BCPs in three phases:

  1. 1 July Documentary and identity checks on plant products and meats or meat products from the EU begins from this date.
  2. 1 September Documentary and physical checks on dairy and dairy products from the EU begins from this date.
  3. 1 November Documentary and physical checks on fish, fish products and composite products (ready meals, meat or fish pizzas, cream liqueurs) from the EU begins from this date.

The changes on 1 January are not completely confined to imports to GB.

Some new requirements for GB exports to the EU come in on this date too:

  • The easement on the use of a suppliers’ declaration to declare the origin of the goods for consignments being exported from GB to the EU also expires – so suppliers’ declarations will be require
  • GB exporters sending goods to France will be required to register in France for VAT purposeseven if they have already registered for VAT as a third country seller in another EU member state. This is due to the French General Directorate of Public Finance (DGFiP) not the General Directorate of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI) being responsible for collection of import VAT on third country imports from 1 January and new online systems being introduced.


International Trade workshops (4)

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For further information on any of the above workshops please call our training department on 01329 242420 or email

Updates/Latest News:

EU Update

Business Checklist for GB-EU Border Changes in 2022 click here for further information

Webinars on trading with the EU
Webinars giving an overview of the new rules that have come into place since leaving the EU customs union and the EU Single Market click here for further information

Useful links

Border Operating Model Click here

List of ports using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) Click here

Other Country Updates

We have been made aware that from the 1st of January 2022 food exporters to China will need to be registered with Chinese Customs authorities in order to get goods cleared at China’s border.  For full details, exporters should contact their customers in China.

Below are links to the new regulations in Chinese and an unverified copy of the translation in English.

Chinese version – click here
Unverified English version – click here

ICC’s Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the sale of goods and the revised publication, Incoterms® 2020, is in stock at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

To purchase your copy please contact the international trade team on tel: 01329 242420 option 3 or click here 

Foundation Award in International Trade

Hampshire Chamber can now offer the Foundation Award in International Trade, a qualification assessed by British Chambers of Commerce.

To receive the award candidates need to attend and pass assessments from 6 of the international trade training workshops on offer.

These workshops are replicated 3 times during the year.   Certificates are provided for each module passed.

For more information and to book your workshops click here or call Ben McDonald on 01329 242420

Dates for your Diary:

For further information and to book please click here or contact Jackie Highmore via email

Roundup of previous news:

Export to Japan – helping your company do business in Japan click here for further information

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The UK market might seem big enough for your business. But thinking bigger pays off. Borders needn’t be blockers. Let us help you grow beyond them.  Click here for further information

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