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Update to the Border Operating Model

Statement made on 18 November 2021

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Today the Government has published an updated Border Operating Model. This new iteration of the model reflects the revised timetable for the introduction of UK border import controls, as announced on 14 September. It also provides additional material on the detailed implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls and the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). This update will bring the Border Operating Model in line with other guidance available on GOV.UK

This updated Border Operating Model will continue to help businesses which trade with the EU to understand the approaching new requirements and those which are already in effect. We are also encouraging businesses to access the resources available at

Future updates to the Border Operating Model will be made online through GOV.UK:

A copy of the updated Border Operating Model has been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

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Cabinet Office
Update to the Border Operating Model
Lord Frost
Minister of State in the Cabinet Office
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 18 November 2021