The UK Government is continuing with gradually phasing in Border Controls and customs procedures, with further delays were announced end of April. From 1st January 2022, full import declarations (C88) needs’ to be completed upon arrival at the UK boarder, unless you are authorised by HMRC to use the CFSP/EIDR procedure. For hauliers and customers using the new GVMS system we will prepare pre-entries and send the required ENO numbers in a timely manner for you to complete the GVMS envelope and create a GMR for each shipment. To facilitate this new requirement and improve our customer services, RJJ have extended its EU Brokerage Department’s Opening Hours. To facilitate this new requirements and improve our customer services, RJJ have extended its EU Brokerage Department’s Opening Hours.

EU Brokerage Department NEW opening hours:

Monday to Friday:  02.00hrs to 22.00hrs 
Saturday and Sunday: Pre-booked cover 

Please contact RJJ for more information.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 137 4264
Email: [email protected]


The main points for Importers’ are:

From 1st January 2022, full import declarations (C88) need to be completed upon arrival UK port. The CFSP/EIDR procedure will continue to apply, but full import declarations (C88) need to be completed by the 4th day after month end, and authorisation  is required from HMRC.

Due to the long-lasting impact the pandemic has had on businesses both in the UK and in the EU, the UK Government has decided to delay the implementation dates of some elements of the controls relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Goods which was scheduled for 1st July 2022.

The controls that have already been introduced will remain in place:

  • Traders will continue to move their goods from the EU to GB as they do now.
  • The controls introduced in January 2021 on the highest risk imports of animals, animal products, plants and plant products will continue to apply in order to safeguard the UK’s biosecurity.
  • Existing customs controls and the requirement to pre-notify SPS goods introduced in January 2022 will remain.

The following controls which were planned for introduction from July 2022 will now NOT be introduced:

  • A requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports currently at destination to be moved to BCP
  • A requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports
  • A requirement for further health certification and SPS checks for EU imports
  • Prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU

The Government is expected to update its Boarder Operating Model (BOM) in the autumn of 2022 which will set out the new regime of border import controls, with the aim of implementation by the end of 2023. 

The main points for Exporters’ are:

Full Export declarations must be done from 1st January 2021.

Safety & Security declarations must be done from 1st January 2021

Full Import declarations in the EU or Transits Documents issued from 1st January 2021


We can help you 

Telephone advice & consultancy available - we can help you understand how to continue Trading with Europe using the new Customs formalities.


Keep up to date

Have You Got a GB EORI Number

  • Make sure you have your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.  If you don’t have an GB EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number you should apply for one now!  You need the GB EORI number to Customs clear your goods when you import or export after 1st January 2021.

          It will only take a few days and is free. Apply at:

Do You Know Your HS Commodity Code

  • You need to establish the HS Commodity Codes for your goods. You will need these codes to Customs clear your goods and to apply the correct amount of DUTY.

    Check your Commodity code at:

Do You Know Your INCOTERMS 

  • You need to establish your Incoterms (International Commercial Terms), which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts. The terms are published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). 

        Check your INCO terms at: rules-2010/
and at ICC Store at:

Do You Have The Right Documentation

  • You need to be ready to provide the following commercial documentation and information for each shipment.

    Goods Description
    Packing List
    Cargo Weight
    Commercial Invoice incl. Sales Value and Currency for the Goods - Incoterms
    County of Origin of the Cargo – this may be different to the country the goods are consigned from.
    Commodity Code and Tariff Number
    Licence requirements
    Health or Phyto Certs
    EORI number
    Importer details
    Exporter details

Postponed VAT Accounting  (PVA)

Please note importers can adopt Postponed VAT Accounting from 1st January 2021.

If you opt to use this scheme, there will no longer be the need to pay Import VAT at the time of import and then claim it back from HMRC. Instead, you can declare your Import VAT on your next VAT return with a ‘reverse charge’ offset. You don’t need to apply to HMRC for PVA, you only need to inform your import customs clearance broker.


If in doubt or have any questions please talk to RJJ, we will assist you and clarify what you need to do. 

RJJ is AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) accredited by HMRC and therefore experienced and approved as a “Trusted Trader” by HMRC.

For more information please contact a member of the RJJ team:

Phone: +44 (0)1394 673466      Email: [email protected]