Major Changes to Border Controls Unveiled in the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM)

In a significant move, the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) is set to implement comprehensive controls through major milestones, prompting businesses to brace themselves for the impending changes.

One of the key developments is the introduction of sample documentary checks for medium-risk animal products from EU/EFTA countries. Beginning on 31st January 2024, and lasting until 30th April 2024, these checks will be conducted on a randomly selected sample of consignments arriving at GB ports.

Important Information on Border Control Changes by Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority:   

Trailer consignments – 6-hour derogation is what SCPHA have set to reflect our ferry sailings. These derogations should be agreed with each individual PHA.

Requirements for CHED-Ps
In accordance with retained Reg. (EU) 2019/1013, the person responsible for the load must notify the authority responsible for the BCP at least one working day before the expected arrival of the consignment of products of animal origin and animal by-products listed in retained Regulation (EU) 2019/2007 or, in the case of composite products, those subject to official border controls in accordance with retained Decision 2007/275, which are intended for import into or transit across GB.

Notification must be by completion of a CHED-P in IPAFFS. IPAFFS Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) – GOV.UK ( is an IT platform operated by DEFRA that must be used to generate the CHED-P. Guidance notes on how to complete the CHED-P in IPAFFS can be found here.

Our charges are currently under review and will be published in due course. Please subscribe to our updates to find out when they are published. 

Please be aware that this derogation only applies to Suffolk Costal Port Health Authority.

Three Key Dates to Remember: 

  • 31st January 2024: The introduction of health
    certification on imports of medium risk animal
    products, plants, plant products and high risk food (and
    feed) of non-animal origin from the EU
  • 30th April 2024: The introduction of documentary and
    risk-based identity and physical checks on medium risk
    animal products, plants, plant products and high risk
    food (and feed) of non-animal origin from the EU
  • 31st October 2024: Safety and security declarations for
    EU imports will come into force from 31 October 2024.
    Alongside this, government will introduce a reduced
    dataset for imports and use of the UK single trade
    window will remove duplication where possible across
    different pre-arrival datasets.

Stay up to date with the latest Port Heath news by signing up to our newsletter here.

Importers can get in touch with with any questions or queries.