Read more about the BTOM, the new UK Border Target Operating Model

As reported by official sources, the new Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) for import controls in Great Britain was released this autumn. It should be noted that the final version of BTOM is expected to be ready by the summer of 2024.
The document, published on August 29, 2023, represents the final version of the United Kingdom’s border control system and envisions a multi-stage implementation, with the first two stages delayed by three months.


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  1. January 31, 2024 – Introduction of sanitary certificates for imports from the EU of medium-risk animal and plant products and high-risk food and feed (of non-animal origin)¹.
  2. April 30, 2024 – Introduction of both documentary and identity/physical checks (with risk-based frequency) on the aforementioned types of products upon arrival at the border. Inspections of high-risk goods, which already take place at the final destination, will be conducted at the border control posts.
  3. October 31, 2024 – Mandatory safety and security declarations for imports of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) products. The so-called UK single trade window becomes operational, a digitized and simplified system where all mandatory information and data for importing goods from across the Channel will be uploaded before arriving at the British customs.

The gradual introduction of the BTOM model by governments is aimed at ensuring secure and effective borders, particularly concerning security and bio-security threats in the export of food products to the United Kingdom.

The BTOM proposes a new approach to food safety controls for imports into Great Britain, with specific sanitary and phytosanitary checks (applicable to imports of live animals, products of animal origin, plants and plant products).
Products subject to both sanitary and phytosanitary checks, also referred to as SPS products, are categorized as high, medium, or low risk. The intensity of border controls and the requirement for sanitary certificates depend on this classification.

The categorization of the BTOM model depends on both the type of goods and the country of origin (HERE is the list, subject to updates).


Sogedim SpA, as a leading freight forwarder offering integrated transportation and logistics services worldwide, improves, with an additional advantage, its road service for the transportation of temperature-controlled food & beverage products subject to risk category.

We are currently awaiting regional guidelines to better understand both the commitment required from companies to export to the UK and the type of controls that will fall under the responsibility of the ATS (Local Health Authority). The goal is to facilitate Italian companies and English importers interested in the overland transport of SPS, fresh and frozen food to the UK subject to risk categorization in line with the new BTOM model.
As soon as the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are officially defined, we will send new communications regarding the agreements reached at the central level and the directives that will be transmitted at the local level, applicable to all Local Health Authorities.
In the meantime, we remain available and in contact with the Lombardy Region, which is expected to provide further updates on this matter.

What changes with BTOM: the categorization into low, medium, and high risk

If you export food products, live animals, animal products, plants or plant products from the EU to the United Kingdom, it is necessary to check the risk category, based on which the goods will undergo customs checks at the UK border.
All EU Member States are considered as a single entity regarding risk categorization.
Regardless of the risk category, all animals and products of animal origin are subject to pre-notification through the IPAFFS system (at the expense of the British importer) before arriving in the UK.
To check the correct risk category related to your goods and determine the need for certification, you can perform a search at this link to examine the corresponding sheet for the customs code of that product.

Enter the name or customs code in the search box to consult the product sheet.

What changes with BTOM: the categorization into low, medium, and high risk

Based on this search system, once the type of goods is selected, clicking on the conditions leads to the product information page. It is advisable to choose the entry that best suits your goods.

It is advisable to choose the item that best suits your goods.

Consult the product sheet HERE in the search box by entering the name or customs code.

Normativa BTOM post Brexit

The risk categorization may be subject to changes. However, any modifications to the risk categories will not occur before the month of April 2024.

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After the release of BTOM everything changes!

¹ The Italian authorities responsible for issuing sanitary certificates are the veterinary offices of the relevant local health authority. For phytosanitary certifications, competence lies with the Regional Phytosanitary Services. Based on the model predisposed by the United Kingdom, these authorities will develop new sanitary and phytosanitary certificate templates for the British market.