November 13, 2020

UK Border Operating Model - Brexit Update

Brexit: What is the Border Operating Model?

The Border Operating Model is issued by the United Kingdom government with the intention to provide clarity for the border industry and businesses that are importing and exporting into the United Kingdom after the transition period for Brexit comes to an end on December 31st, 2020. The document includes detail on border operations with the European Union (EU) and actions that need to be adhered to by importers and exporters, hauliers, ports and carriers.

The UK has issued an updated version of the Border Operating Model, details of which can be found here. Within the publication you can find details in relation to the phasing in of border controls and easements that will be available to assist traders during the first 6 months from the 1st January 2020.

The latest update on the Border Operating Model was issued on November 11th and is available here

October 8th update.

The latest publication of the Border Operating Model was released on October 8th, outlining new detail with regards to the GB / EU border. The full document is available here.


The latest edition of the document outlines a three-stage approach to the reintroduction of border controls and clearly states that customs entries will be necessary for the movement of goods between the United Kingdom and the European Union. 

As recently highlighted by a government press release, the updated Border Operating Model:

  • Maps out the intended locations of inland border infrastructure. The sites will provide the necessary additional capacity to carry out checks on freight.
  • Announces that passports will be required for entry into the UK from October 2021 as the Government phases out the use of EU, EEA and Swiss national identity cards as a valid travel document for entry to the UK. 
  • Confirms that a Kent Access Permit will be mandatory for HGVs using the short strait channel crossings in Kent. 

The Crane Worldwide Logistics team are available to support our clients through the Brexit transitional period with customs and trade advisory support, freight management and warehouse services. Reach out for support to our United Kingdom team for Brexit assistance, we are here to help!

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