The MTA attended the Institute of Exports – UK Trade is Changing webinar which included proposed details of the government’s new Target Operating Model, the Single Trade Window, the Trusted Trader Scheme and the Eco-System of Trust.

Businesses have to start preparing now for the changes that the government is planning to introduce to how international trade operates in the UK at the end of 2023.


The British government is due to publish its new border plan – the Target Operating Model – this autumn, following its decision not to introduce remaining post-Brexit import controls in April this year.

Although the Target Operating Model is yet to be published, the IOE&IT has been a key stakeholder in its development, acting as an interlocutor between government and industry. The webinar was to advise traders of the significant changes that the Government proposes to introduce.

Possible changes mentioned in the webinar included the use of a Single Trade Window system to reduce the number of data inputs across the supply chain and the introduction of Trusted Trader schemes.

Customs and trade specialist at the IOE&IT, gave an overview of how these initiatives would lead to a possible simplification of processes around:

  • providing safety and security information
  • sanitary and phytosanitary checks on plant- and animal-based goods entering Britain

Industry would operate a lot more efficiently once we reduce the amount of data inputs that are currently required across the supply chain. A Single Trade Window system would have a greater emphasis on the pre-population of data, allowing for the reduction in the duplication of data inputs.

The webinar was run in order to encourage traders to provide feedback. government are still in listening mode and there’s still the opportunity to influence the direction of travel.”

The government is expected to publish the new border model in the autumn, with a view to introducing changes at the end of 2023.

Awareness among UK traders of some of the key concepts that are likely to be included in the new plan remains relatively low, but is growing.

The IOEwant to increase this understanding further and make sure that all businesses benefit from these wider global and UK initiatives

MTA members can see a recording of the IOE webinar on The UK’s plan for trade – what we know so far and how you can have your say – YouTube

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