10 May, 2022

Brexit Update - Import Control Measures - EUICS / ENS Safety & Security Declarations

The UK Government has announced an updated approach to import controls to help ease the current cost-of-living pressures, advising that the remaining import controls on EU goods will no longer be introduced this year. Instead, traders will continue to move their goods from the EU to Great Britain as they do now. 

The Government will review how to implement these remaining controls, with further details to be published in a new controls regime targeted to come into force at the end of 2023.

Specifically, the following controls which were planned for introduction from July 2022 will now not be introduced, these were: 

  • A requirement for further Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks on EU imports currently at destination to be moved to Border Control Post (BCP)
  • A requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports
  • A requirement for further health certification and SPS checks for EU imports
  • Prohibitions and restrictions on the import of chilled meats from the EU

The controls that have already been introduced will remain in place, these are:

  • Highest risk imports of animals, animal products, plants and plant products will continue to apply alongside the customs controls which have already been introduced
  • Safety & Security checks brought in last year remain in place as part of the existing customs controls introduced during 2021
  • If a business imports goods into Great Britain from other non-EU countries it remains a legal obligation that they must submit their S&S Entry Summary declaration (ENS) for those movements


With regards to safety and security declarations (otherwise as ENS filings or “EUICS”), the current requirements in place are:

  • GB and Northern Ireland to EU = ENS is required in the EU
  • Rest of the World to EU = ENS is required in the EU
  • EU to GB and Northern Ireland = not required, this is now deferred
  • Rest of the World (non-EU) to GB and Northern Ireland = ENS required in GB / Northern Ireland
  • GB to Northern Ireland = ENS required in Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland to GB = ENS not required in GB

Any filings for a UK port will require a GB EORI number.

Any filings for an EU port will require an EORI number sourced from an EU Customs authority.

If you have any questions, please kindly contact Andre Hogg, Country Manager -UK at Andrew.Hogg@iss-shipping.com