This page contains all of our key updates on the Windsor Framework and the Border Target Operating Model including detailed views, analysis and reaction to policy developments in each of these areas.

Latest updates

The Border Target Operating Model: changes to future UK border controls

The government has now published the final version of the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM). The key changes to the final version are the revised dates on the introduction of certification and check requirements for EU imports:

  • 31 Jan 2024: the introduction of certification requirements on imports from the EU
  • 30 April 2024: documentary and risk-based identity and physical checks on medium-risk products and on high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin imports from the EU

9 May Update: Defra have confirmed that the risk review of EU composite products initially scheduled for April has not yet taken place. They also confirmed that they are not looking to make immediate changes to the categorisation, except for exceptional circumstances e.g. a disease outbreak. Defra have also stated industry will be provided with 6 months notice for any changes that occur.

Key documents that we have produced for FDF members are available here:

FDF overview of the final BTOM

FDF BTOM issues tracker

FDF response to the BTOM consultation

The Windsor Framework: what does it mean for UK food and drink?

The Windsor Framework sets out updated processes for movements of goods from Great Britain (GB) into Northern Ireland (NI). 

Key documents that we have produced for FDF members are available here:

FDF overview of the Windsor Framework

FDF Windsor Framework issues tracker

FDF Navigating the Windsor Framework slides

GB-wide 'Not for EU' labelling: Consultation response

Defra have shared two letters with industry on enforcement and compliance. The first letter covers the overall approach in the initial months of the scheme with the second letter focusing on further exceptions to box level labelling requirements and conditions for moving Rest of World (Non-UK/EU goods). 

Next steps

NI Retail Movement Scheme 

UK Internal Market Scheme 

1 October 2024: Product-level labelling extended to dairy products. At this stage, product level labelling is proposed to apply on a UK-wide basis

July 2025: Product-level labelling extended to some composite products, fruit, vegetables, fish and pet food and all further goods subject to controls at EU BCPs

1 October 2024: Full deployment of Customs Green Lane

  • Only ordinary commercial data required
  • Simple goods description instead of commodity code
  • No 80 field supplementary declaration
  • Facilitations extend to parcels and e-commerce




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