The Border Operating Model is currently under revision with UK government setting out a new approach to imports that will be progressively introduced from October 2023.

However, at this stage there’s is no detail or IT in place, which is raising concerns of a lack of preparation within the industry and suggestions that the government are still failing to understand the country’s supply chains.

Once more, it seems that forwarders and importers will have little time to prepare for these new control changes, which affect European and worldwide imports. We expect a raft of other changes to customs, border and trading processes, including the changes to be brought about by the new Northern Irish trade deal – the Windsor Framework.

Logistics UK, the RHA, numerous trade associations and Westbound are amongst those that have been raising concerns over the implementation and the timescale.

UK Government have outlined their 99 page ‘Border Target Operating Model’, which is currently awaiting ‘feedback’ and will therefore be subject to change. The document can be found HERE.

Naturally, Westbound are monitoring developments closely and will update you as the new regulations become clearer.


If you have any questions regarding the above, then Westbound are here to help. So, please do not hesitate to contact us.