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Oata issues timely reminder on border controls
10th July 2020

By Justine Thompson

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (Oata) is reminding members that they may need to prepare for new border controls coming into force next year.

The new measures are as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. In recognition of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, changes will now be in three stages up to 1 July 2021.

From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made. There will be checks on controlled goods (like alcohol and tobacco). Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination on all high-risk live animals and a proportion of low-risk live animals.

From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for some commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will take place at GB Border Control Posts.

There are special regulations for companies importing animals, plants and some animal feeds. More information can be found on the Oata website https://ornamentalfish.org/new-border-controls-announced-for-2021/