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 01/05/2024

The Border Target Operating Model

 

In August 2023, the UK Government published the final version of their BTOM. This outlined
the plans to introduce enhanced border controls.
The most notable of the various proposals, involved the introduction of inspections of
products of animal and plant origin. Inspections of this type should theoretically have been
put in place from 1 st January 2021, but were repeatedly postponed owing to a lack of
preparedness.
To accommodate the inspection process, Border Control Points (BCP) have been opened in
all major ports dealing in international trade.
From 30 th April 2024, goods of animal and plant origin of EU origin, falling withing the
Medium and High-risk categories, will require a phytosanitary inspection certificate.
Previously most EU origin goods were exempt from the requirement for a certificate from the
point of origin. Importers will need to ensure that they are fully prepared and understand how
the products which they import are categorised. Low risk EU origin goods do not need to be
covered by any certification.
All items falling within the Medium and High-risk categories, both of EU and Rest of the
World origin, will then have to be declared by the importer, using the UK IPAFFS system. An
agent such as Cargo Flow Agency can be authorised to make the declaration on behalf of
the importer.
Each commodity which is declared to IPAFFS will be subject to an inspection fee. That is
currently £29 per commodity, with a maximum vehicle fee of £145. The fee applies
regardless of whether an inspection is required. This ensures that the costs for the
inspection are not solely targeted at those goods which are selected. The expected
inspection rates are 100% of High-risk consignments and between 1 and 30% of medium
risk goods.
An issue for hauliers to take into account is that the likely time period between a notification
of an inspection, and the arrival of the inspector may be up to 4 hours. Add to that the period
needed to perform the inspection, the driver and vehicle will be stationary for a significant
period of time.
There are 3 different ways in which a requirement for inspection is notified. For driver
accompanied vehicles, screens on board the mode of cross-channel transport will display
the status of the consignment loaded into the vehicle. Also the Goods Vehicle Movement
System (GVMS) will provide details of vehicles for which an inspection is required. Finally
IPAFFS will generate an email to all of the parties included in the declaration.
Hauliers and traders must be extremely vigilant in observing requests for an inspection, and
to comply on every occasion. A failure to do so, would likely lead to the seizure and
destruction of the goods, at the expense of the importer. Therefore control systems to
prevent such a failure to attend the BCP are critical. As the BCP is often outside of the port
zone, and given the need for communications to be understood in a variety of languages, a

good deal of thought has to be given by the port operator, haulier and trader on how they will
ensure that the driver if suitably informed of what he must do, and where he must attend the
BCP.
Eventually, the BCPs as the single inspection facilities, will be supplemented by a Trusted
Trader scheme. In this way, importers who satisfy the criteria, will be able to circumvent the
BCP and undertake the responsibility for inspections at their own premises. This will
inevitably result in the speedier movement of freight.
Another significant announcement included in BTOM was the intention to create the UK
Trade Window. This is expected to incorporate all of the different functions, involved in the
movement of goods, into a single platform. Each is currently within a variety of different
portals. With a target date of 2027, it remains to be seen how effective the single platform
will be.

Should you have any questions re above please do not hesitate to contact ourselves at Cargo Flow Agency

+44 1273 583000

info@cargoflowagency.co.uk

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