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Keeping up with Customs - May 2024 update

Find a summary of recent and upcoming customs changes affecting both exporters and importers: 

  1. Common User Charges on food imports:  

On the 30th April 2024, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) confirmed the introduction of charges for food imports of specified animal products, plant and plant products entering the UK market from the EU through the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel at Folkestone.  

  1. UK duty suspensions for UK Manufacturers: 

UK Manufacturers can, from the 8th May 2024, apply for the temporary removal of customs duty on imports of certain goods for use in manufacturing. These suspensions aim to support the UK manufacturing sector to remain competitive in the global markets, where sufficient UK production of comparable product does not exist. The window to apply will be opened till the 3rd July 2024, at which time the UK Government will begin assessing which inputs are eligible to benefit from duty suspension. Successful applications will benefit from a 2-yr tariff suspension.   

  1. Simplified Customs Declarations Process (SCDP) and Simplified Export Declaration Process (SEDP) Changes

  • Effective in May 2024, there are new deadlines and increased flexibility for completing supplementary declarations. For imports, the submission deadline has been extended to the 10th calendar day of the month following the import (previously the 4th working day). Similar extensions apply to exports involving multiple consignments​. 

  1. Border Target Operating Model (BTOM)

  • Since the 31st of January 2024, UK traders importing from the EU, would have needed to request health certification requirements for low-, medium-, and high-risk imports from the EU were implemented. These changes also include the removal of pre-notification requirements for low-risk plant and plant products from the EU, and full customs controls for goods moving directly from Ireland to Great Britain​. 

  1. Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

  • Call for Exporters: From the 4th of June, it is the final HMRC deadline for transitioning to the new CDS for exports. Need help with the transition? Email our expert team at 


  1. NCTS Phase 5

  • The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) Phase 5 will go live on July 1, 2024. This update will require traders to transition to the new system, which includes updates to transit documents​  

  1. Windsor Framework and Green Lane Access

  • Starting September 30, 2024, the full 'Green Lane' under the Windsor Framework will be operational, simplifying procedures for moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland for qualifying traders​  

  1. Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

  • The UK has launched a consultation on the implementation of a UK CBAM from January 1, 2027. This mechanism aims to price carbon emissions of imported goods in certain sectors, encouraging cleaner industrial practices globally. The consultation is open until June 13, 2024.  Companies and other can submit their responses here 

These updates reflect ongoing changes and enhancements in UK customs regulations post-Brexit, aiming to streamline processes and ensure compliance with international trade standards. British traders should stay informed about these changes to avoid disruptions and ensure smooth operations. 

Sources:, TSS, Speedy Freight, Customs Support, Crowe   

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