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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How to apply for a health certificate to export SPS goods

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How to use NES to complete a customs export declaration

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How to delay customs declarations

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How to export to the EU using transit

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Details

UK Government has announced an update on the upcoming import controls.

You can read the Written Ministerial Statement from the Cabinet Office on the Parliament website

The Border Operating Model will be updated to reflect this in due course.

Read more about the announcement

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 to reflect the revised timetable for the introduction of the next stage of UK import requirements, as well as including additional detail on policies and processes.

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. We have also produced some new step by step explainers to support traders and hauliers with specific parts of UK custom requirements

Published 13 July 2020
Last updated 14 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Revised timetable for import controls

  2. Added documents

  3. Updated documents

  4. 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.

  5. Links concerning Rules of Origin were updated

  6. updates to BOM and case study attachments

  7. updated body text

  8. Added Border Operating Model case studies.

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

  10. Updated Border Operating Model.

  11. First published.