Since the UK left the EU and the transition period ended six months ago, the UK border has been operating under the new model set out by the UK Government and as per arranges made within the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  This week, the latest version of the Border Operating Model (BOM) has been published, reflecting on the new timetables and providing renewed guidance on processes to come.

Previous versions of the BOM

This could be considered the fourth version of the BOM following three previous versions in in July and October 2020  and more recently in January 2021.  However, some areas of the border have been operating under waivers, extensions of old agreements and the UK Government postponed some of the new requirements for full declarations and checks in order in order to support businesses over the last 18 month who have been suffering negative impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

What is relevant for members?

Customs declarations for imports

1 July 2021: Delayed declarations for imports made on 1 January 2021 must be made by 25 June 2021. The option to clear goods using delayed declarations has been extended until 1 January 2022.

Until 1 January 2022: Border locations without existing customs control systems at the end of transition will not be required to control goods on the basis of declarations.

 From 1 January 2022: Full customs declarations for imports will be required, the option for the delayed declaration scheme comes to an end. Safety and Security Declarations for imports will be required.


From 1 October 2021: EU, EEA or Swiss citizens will need a passport to enter the UK unless the holder has applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 or otherwise has protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements.

There have been significant updates across the 157-page document including updates to diagrams and case studies which may be useful for members to see.

Border Infrastructure

Updates to site details, the list of port models, the Port Infrastructure Fund, Haulier information and advice sites, and also updates on Freeports.

Intrastat Requirements

From 01 January 2022 businesses will no longer be required to provide Intrastat declarations for goods imported into Great Britain (GB) from the European Union (EU).


Entry Summary declarations (ENS) are required for movements from the EU to GB from 1 January 2022 as part of the staging-in of controls.

Simplified Customs Declaration for Imports

Guidance on using simplified customs declarations for imports has been made clearer.

ADS continue to update the Brexit Hub and work closely with government to provide members information on new requirements as and when it becomes available.