The UK Government has announced a delay to remaining import controls on EU goods entering Great Britain in recognition of the significant supply chain impact due to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the recent rise in global energy costs. The Government has concluded that in this context, it would be wrong to impose new administrative requirements on businesses that may pass on the associated costs to consumers already facing pressures on their finances.
In line with protecting consumers from unnecessary costs, the food labeling rules that apply from the 1st of October 2022 will now come into force on the 1st of January 2024.
In general, delaying these labeling requirements will mean that some labeling terms and EU addresses (in relation to the importer or FBO address requirement) will continue to be permitted on the GB market for an additional 15 months. To further help UK businesses, it has also been decided to further extend the deadline to use “UK/EC” identification marks on the GB Market to the 1st of January 2024.
Following decisions in Wales and Scotland, these changes will apply across the whole of GB.