Post-Brexit customs rules come into effect

(VOVWORLD) - New post-Brexit custom rules for goods arriving from the EU to Britain took effect on Saturday, and a leading food industry body has warned that the new border controls could lead to food shortages.

Post-Brexit customs rules come into effect - ảnh 1Freight trucks at Dover port, southeastern UK. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Beginning on January 1, importers must make a full customs declaration on goods entering the UK from the EU or other countries. Businesses will no longer be allowed to delay completing full import customs declarations for up to 175 days — a measure that was introduced to cope with the disruption of Brexit. 

The British Frozen Food Federation said the new restrictions on animal and plant products from the EU could result in major delays at ports in the New Year because some in the supply chain — especially logistics companies on the EU side — may not be prepared for the changes.

The new measures require businesses to complete the correct paperwork at least four hours before goods can arrive at UK borders, or they risk being turned back at the border. Animal and plant-based products must also have statements of origin certificates.

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