Policy paper

The Border Operating Model

A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.

Documents

The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods

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Border Operating Model Case Studies

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Doing business with Europe has changed. The UK has left the Single Market and Customs Union and new rules now apply.

Traders and hauliers must take the steps outlined in the Border Operating Model which has been updated following the UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement.

Case studies have been created to represent end-to-end scenarios that will happen between GB and EU, importing and exporting goods from January 2021. These show not just the journeys for standard goods, but also for journeys with additional requirements such as those using the Common Transit Convention or transporting controlled goods. This should still be used in conjunction with the Border Operating Model which will contain further details, particularly for controlled goods.

On Thursday 11 March, the government announced a new timetable for introducing import border control processes to enable UK businesses to focus on their recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic. Details of the new arrangements can be found in this written statement. The Border Operating Model will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.

Published 13 July 2020
Last updated 11 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include a reference to the announced new timetable for introducing import border control processes. The Border Operating Model will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.

  2. Links concerning Rules of Origin were updated

  3. updates to BOM and case study attachments

  4. updated body text

  5. Added Border Operating Model case studies.

  6. Uploaded a new version of the document to reflect the FTA with the EU.

  7. Updated Border Operating Model.

  8. First published.