Imports into the UK and the new border control mechanism – BTOM

Published 24 April 2024

For three years after Britain left the single market, the UK has effectively operated an 'open door' policy on imports from the EU. Five times the government announced the introduction of border controls on imports from the EU – and five times they were postponed for various operational and logistical reasons. But now it’s finally happening. So how will the new Border Target Operating Model, or BTOM, actually work? Anna Doherty (Institute of Exports and International Trade) and William Bain (British Chambers of Commerce) discuss the ins and outs with Chris Horseman (Borderlex)