Gearing Up for the Border Target Operating Model: A Smooth Transition for Businesses

The Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) will go into effect on January 31st, bringing in a new era for British customs procedures. Although there might be some uncertainty, businesses that import goods directly from Ireland should be ready for a smooth transition.

Here’s what BTOM means for you:

  • Full customs controls: Prepare for import declarations (via HMRC Online Services), potential import duties, and physical checks on your goods at GB ports.
  • Scope redefined: Exemptions exist for goods moving from or through Northern Ireland, qualifying NI goods, and those not directly entering GB from Irish ports. Stay informed about downstream effects on wider customs procedures and trade agreements.

BTOM Timeline: Key Dates to Remember

DateChanges Significance for Businesses
January 31st, 2024 Introduction of health certification for some products Prepare for additional documentation and potential checks.
April 30th, 2024 Documentary and risk-based checks on certain goods Update import processes and train staff on new procedures.
October 31st, 2024 Ensure systems are ready for additional import data requirements. Safety and Security declarations become mandatory

Action Plan before January 31st:

  1. Identify Impacted Goods: Clearly distinguish which imports fall under BTOM, focusing on non-qualifying NI goods, excise products, and those directly entering GB from Ireland.
  2. HMRC Online Services: Register for seamless declaration submission.
  3. Data Preparation: Gather product details, customs codes, values, and origin information to avoid last-minute hurdles.
  4. Invest in Training: Equip your team with BTOM knowledge and declaration skills through training programs or iCustoms resources.
  5. Logistics Reassessment: Analyse your supply chain and transportation routes, factoring in potential port delays with increased controls.
  6. Seek Expert Guidance: Partner with experienced customs brokers like iCustoms to navigate BTOM complexities and ensure efficient import processes.

Navigating the New Landscape after January 31st:

  1. Point of Import Declarations: Submit declarations upon arrival at the GB port.
  2. Port Controls: Be ready for HMRC officials to conduct physical inspections and document reviews.
  3. Duty Payments: Promptly calculate and pay any applicable import duties to avoid delays and penalties.
  4. Stay Informed: Keep track of BTOM updates and clarifications from HMRC. iCustoms will be your trusted source!

iCustoms: Your BTOM Partner for Success

Adapting to new regulations can be daunting, but iCustoms is here to empower your business. We offer:

  • Customised solutions: tailored to your specific import needs and BTOM compliance.
  • Expert guidance: experienced professionals navigate the intricacies of BTOM for you.
  • Efficient customs clearance: streamlined processes to ensure timely and cost-effective imports.

Don’t let BTOM bring unforeseen disruption. Get in touch with iCustoms right now, and let’s collaborate to ensure that your business has a seamless transition on January 31st and beyond.

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With iCustoms by your side, BTOM becomes a bridge to opportunity, not an obstacle to success.

Let’s navigate the new landscape together.

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