29 Aug 2023
FPC welcomes the publication of the final Border Target Operating Model. It's clear : Government has acted upon our long-standing concerns and will now implement a unique border approach for the benefit of consumers and industry. This focused risk-based approach will reinforce UK biosecurity and promote self-regulation to minimise supply chain disruption.
The several major changes secured by FPC include - EU edible fresh produce will not be subject to pre-notification requirements or UK border inspections. This decision will prevent additional border costs of approx. of £250m annually being incurred by the sector and subsequently hard pressed consumers.
We anticipate a similar risk based approach to be announced shortly for Rest of the World fresh produce and anticipate a reduction in some border controls and associated bureaucracy.
This fundamental change of the UK Government’s approach has been years in the making and the FPC team has been at the forefront of developing solutions which promote biosecurity and minimise the impact on responsible companies.
However, key challenges remain. This is a bold step forward to achieve our ambition to become a world-leading destination of choice, promoting imports and exports of fantastic fresh produce, flowers and plants.
Ultimately, where relevant and particularly for the cut flower and plant sector, we need effective inspection solutions for SME’s, groupage consignments and the immediate approval of responsible companies to complete their own official inspections.
In the meantime, we look forward to receiving confirmation that the proposed Common User Charge strategy will be abandoned by Government.
29 Aug 2023