BTOM 2024: What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Changes on Import for SPS Controls

By admindbcc on 10 January 2024

The Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) will start implementing changes on Import for SPS Controls on the 31st of January 2024. Let's dive straight into what these changes mean for you:

Importing Into GB:

  • You will need an Export Health Certificate (EHC) and IPAFFS for medium-risk products.
  • Changes are structured and take effect at the end of January 2024 and April 2024.
  • High-risk categories such as germinal products (e.g., embryos and semen) won't see any immediate changes as they already require EHCs.

Risk Categories:

  • Products are categorised as low, medium, or high risk based on their commodity codes and country of origin. Download the Searchable Excel Spreadsheet by GOV.UK to determine the commodity code and the risk category for your product.
  • High-risk items already need an EHC.
  • Medium-risk items will require an EHC from 31 January 2024, especially when coming from the EU (including Ireland) into GB.
  • Medium-risk items will be randomly selected for inspection From the end of January 2024 to the end of April 2024. If called for, the load will not be held and no charges will be levied at this stage. If not compliant, goods can be destroyed and the company will be given feedback. Reoccurring errors will be flagged to the company.
  • Low-risk items, however, currently do not need an EHC.

Export Health Certificate (EHC):

  • Customers will need to proactively request a copy of the EHC from their suppliers.
  • The EU exporter must apply for the GB health certificate in their own country.
  • A Digital EHC can be created in TRACES. This is preferred by border control for efficiency.
  • Make sure to provide a PDF version of your EHC to the appointed representative creating the IPAFFS.
  • A paper copy for EHC is still acceptable, however, a scanned copy of this will still need to be uploaded to IPAFFS.
  • If goods are moving from EU to EU and are transiting through GB using a landbridge, you are still required an EHC and IPAFFS. This may be a Streamlined transit EHC, but we'll know more soon.

As the BTOM changes roll in, it is essential for importers to adapt to the new requirements promptly. Stay informed, follow the outlined steps, and make use of the available resources to ensure a smooth transition in your animal procedure imports.

Did you know that you can learn more about these changes with upcoming DEFRA Webinars? Register today.

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Article written by admindbcc