International Trade Update: Business checklist for GB-EU border changes in 2022 plus the latest trade updates
Business checklist for GB-EU border changes in 2022

The UK left the Brexit standstill transition period on its expiry on Friday 1 January 2021. The terms of the new EU-UK trading arrangements - in the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) - took effect the same day. In accordance with this, the EU decided to introduce full border controls on GB goods from Friday 1 January 2021. The UK government decided to defer the implementation of inbound GB border controls in respect of EU goods.

Customs and border controls on EU goods will be phased in from Saturday 1 January 2022. In preparation, the British Chambers of Commerce and ChamberCustoms have prepared a Business Checklist on the steps to take next year.

If you have any queries please email the International Trade team at or telephone 01223 237414.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Reminder: Documentation processing over the Christmas break

The Chamber will close at 1.00pm on Friday 24 December and re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday 4 January.

We will process online documents on Friday 31 December from 10.00am-1.00pm. Please ensure you upload all supporting paperwork to enable us to process these applications or email

Customs Entries

We are aware that trade does not cease simply because of the Festive Period, so for any of our Customs Declarations customers, please be assured that we will be processing Import, Export and Transit Declarations over the Christmas Period (excluding 25-26 December and 1 January).

If you are expecting a shipment to arrive or depart over the Christmas period please ensure you let us know as early as possible, but specifically before 5.00pm on Thursday 23 December by email

Our email will be monitored over the festive period for any last minute shipments that are unplanned. If shipments are not notified to us we will not be able to process them after they have arrived as rules allowing us to do this change on 1 January 2022.

Changes to Plant / Plant Products from the EU

The UK Government has introduced new import controls on plants and plant products from the EU (excluding Ireland), Liechtenstein and Switzerland. These have been phased in to give businesses enough time to prepare for and adapt to these changes. This started on 1 January 2021, with all high-priority plants and plant products needing to be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) and being pre-notified before arrival in GB, as well as risk-based checks at Places of Destination (PoDs).

From 1 January 2022, and then 1 July 2022, the next phases will be introduced and more regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and/or a PC. Please refer to the Stakeholder toolkit provided by DEFRA. If you have any questions on how to use this pack, or anything else, please contact

Trade Update

The UK government has made changes to the forthcoming phased entry coming into force of GB inbound border controls on EU goods by exempting goods from the Republic of Ireland until negotiations on Protocol implementation with the EU are completed next year. Read more > 

The European Commission has published its draft anti-coercion trade regulation  targeted at third countries attempting to influence particular policy decisions through usage of trade policy. The measure may have particular relevance to China and Russia but could apply to any third country. The British Chambers of Commerce will monitor its progress through the EU institutions.

Chinese Customs - Changes For Food Exporters

We have been made aware that from Saturday 1 January food exporters to China will need to be registered with Chinese Customs authorities in order to get goods cleared at China's border. We suggest you contact your customers in China to get more details.

Click here to view the new regulations.

International Trade Training Courses

The dates for our 2022 courses have been set and are available to view and book via our website or download our training flyer.

We have incorporated three new courses:
  • Import / Export Diagnostics Workshop
  • An introduction to IPAFFS
  • Understanding Logistics
Four new hour-long Bitesize Webinars:
  • Export Strategy
  • Export Marketing
  • Documentation
  • Logistics and Brokerage.
If you are unsure which of our courses would be beneficial for your business please discuss with our International Trade Team by calling 01223 237414 or emailing

Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
Clifford House, 2 Station Yard, Oakington, Cambridge, CB24 3AH