Brexit and the Agri-Food Sector

Since 1 January 2021, even with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement in place, new regulatory and customs requirements are part of trading with or through Great Britain. The UK is no longer applying the rules of the Single Market or the Customs Union (except in Northern Ireland in accordance with the Protocol).


The UK Government has announced a further postponement of planned checks that were due to come into effect from 1 July 2022. The main controls that are being postponed are:

• the requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports, currently at destination, were due to be moved to Border Control Posts (BCPs). This applies to live animals, germinal products and high-risk plants and plant products.

• the requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports

• the requirement for further health certification and SPS checks for EU imports. This applies to products of animal origin, regulated plants and plant products and animal by-products.

• Prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU

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