Everything You Need to Know About the New Post-Brexit Rules in January 2023

Everything You Need to Know About the New Post-Brexit Rules in January 2023

The 1st of January 2023 saw the latest Brexit regulations being put into effect. This is the Phase 3 Border Operating Model, putting new rules, and thus restrictions, on the importation of particular products from the EU. Not only that, but border checks on specific goods have also been expanded in an attempt to implement more comprehensive security declarations.

So what is the Phase 3 Border Operating Model? These regulations make a few changes you should be aware of.

Mandatory Security Declarations (ENS)

As of the 1st of January 2023, an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) will be required before entry to the UK from the EU is permitted. This applies to any and all goods and is to be submitted using the S&S GB service. All documents and licenses will be required for submission and should be done well ahead to avoid any possible delays.

You will also need to provide the following:

  • Goods description or commodity code
  • Information on consignor or consignee
  • Details including type, amount, and packaging
  • Declaration of the mode of transport at the UK border (over road, air or sea)
  • Details of the journey and destination address

Mandatory declaration for most veterinary and phytosanitary cargo

A health certificate is required to import most veterinary and phytosanitary products from the EU to the UK. Entry will be denied where no certificate is available, so it pays to be prepared. The declaration will also give details of the place of origin of these products. A statement of origin will enable the importer to claim tariff preference for both imports to the UK from the EU and exports from the UK to the EU. Goods which are deemed suitable for tariff preference will still be subject to normal VAT rules.

The requirements apply to the following cargo:

  • Regulated animal products
  • Regulated plant and plant products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Other non-animal products with a high-risk profile


It’s natural to be worried about regulation changes that might affect your business, but if you take the necessary precautions, you have nothing to be concerned about. Make sure to prepare your business for the changes if you want to be well-guarded against any possible delays.


It is important that you account for any possible delays that might come about from these changes. Make sure to avoid these three key mistakes:

  • You lack the required shipping documentation – including wrong product codes, improper quantities, and misleading values.
  • You described your goods inaccurately – Customs officials require accurate information on all imported goods.
  • You are missing client master file data – this is required before any shipment arrives.

As always, what’s most important is to make sure you are up to date. It is easy for things like this to creep up on you — but the best way to deal with a delay is to make sure it does not happen at all! That’s why it pays to check back with Uneek regularly to keep up with all the latest news so you can start preparing early.


Need to know more? Thankfully, Uneek Group has got you covered. At Uneek Group, we have unprecedented experience in importing and freight forwarding.

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