New European regulations, Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF), that replace 70 previous European regulations in order to improve health and safety standards were introduced on 14 December 2019.
Included within the SRSF are the Official Controls Regulation (OCR) and the Plant Health Regulation (PHR), both of which now apply, whilst the Animal Health Regulation (AHR) will apply from 21 April 2021. These new regulations will apply whilst the UK remains a member of the EU and during any transition period, and be included within the Withdrawal Act under a no deal scenario.
Border Inspection Posts and Designated Points of Entry are now being redesignated as Border Control Posts (BCPs). Importers are required to give the BCPs at least one working day’s notice prior to import, or when not possible, a minimum of 4 hours. They also need to complete a Common Health Entry Document (CHED) which replaces the Common Veterinary Entry Document and Common Entry Document.
TRACES NT is the new system for notifying imports coming from outside the EU. Details on how to register can be found here. Imports which have been notified before 14 December on the previous TRACES Classic system that have arrived on or after 14 December MUST be re-registered on the new system. Those who used TRACES Classic for within EU trading must continue to do so.
For further information, please see here.