Ian Thomas Associates

Importing food and feed from the EU to Great Britain – changes in 2024

There have been several changes and delays to the requirements for the importation of products into Great Britain.

The details of the current and future rules are contained in the UK Border Target Operating Model (BTOM).

Key dates for 2024 are:

31 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. The removal of pre notification requirements for low-risk plant and plant products from the EU.

30 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. Existing inspections of high-risk plants/plant products from the EU will move from destination to Border Control Posts. Simplifying the process for imports from non-EU countries. This will include, the removal of health certification and routine checks on low-risk animal products, plants, plant products from non-EU countries as well as reduction in physical and identity check levels on medium-risk animal products from non-EU countries.

Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website:

Importing high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from the EU to Great Britain


Importing food and drink products of animal origin


Importing composite products from the EU to Great Britain


31 October 2024 – The requirement for Safety and Security declarations for imports into Great Britain from the EU or from other territories where the waiver applies will come into force from 31 October 2024 as set out in the original Target Operating Model.

Northern Ireland

The BTOM underlines the protection of Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods moving directly from NI into GB and extends those protections to indirect movements to GB via Ireland (see paragraphs 249 and following of the BTOM)

The BTOM (August 2023) can be found at –


Ian Thomas is a lawyer practising in Ireland and in England and Wales. He is very experienced in advising and representing food businesses across a wide range of food related matters and if we can help to solve your issues or advise on your compliance obligations please get in touch – ian@ianthomasassociates.com.

This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute the provision of legal advice. You should always take independent legal advice in respect of any legal or regulatory issues you may be having.

Scroll to Top