UK government further delays implementation of several Brexit measures


Although the EU’s transition period has ended, the UK government has not managed to implement the new measures to their full extent. Regulations are slowly being made effective, as are some trade restrictions, which have been postponed or modified.


Sanitary and phytosanitary products

UK government has decided to further delay some elements of the new controls, mainly those related to sanitary and phytosanitary products respectively:

  • The prior notification requirement for agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 instead of 1 October 2021.
  • The new requirements for export health certificates, which were to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • Phytosanitary certificates and physical sanitary and phytosanitary checks at border control posts, which were due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • The requirement for safety and security declarations on imports will be introduced from 1 July 2022 instead of 1 January 2021.
  • The timetable for the removal of the current obligations in relation to full customs controls and the introduction of customs controls remains unchanged as scheduled, as of 1 January 2022.


Animal products

In addition, the UK has introduced restrictions on the import of certain animal products into the UK from 1 October 2021 (POSTPONED UNTIL 1 JANUARY 2022).


The following banned and restricted products cannot be imported into the UK from the EU:

  • Chilled minced meat (beef, pork, lamb, mutton, lamb and goat).
  • Chilled or frozen minced meat (poultry)
  • Mechanically separated meat from poultry, ratites or game birds
  • Unsorted eggs
  • Raw milk from herds of bovine tuberculosis (TB) cows
  • Chilled meat preparations
  • Frozen meat preparations must be frozen to an internal temperature of not more than -18°C.


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