Conversely, the UK has not implemented full checks as yet and initially was only going to implement them on 1 October 2021. However, in September the government announced that it would now not be implementing full checks until July 2022 although customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022 but safety and security declarations will not be needed until 1 July 2022. The EU exports have also partly been affected by the appreciation in Sterling vs the Euro since the end of the Brexit implementation period, which has also increased the cost of UK exports to the EU, exacerbating the impacts of the increased export admin and costs.
However, Brexit still remains a risk for construction in the medium-term due to the implementation of UK REACH, UKCA and full customs checks on EU imports. At this point, firms still have to have chemicals-based products registered on UK REACH rather than EU REACH by 1 January 2022 for products to be used in the UK although the assumption made in the CPA forecasts is that this is likely to be delayed given the potential impacts on
products supply. However, the government announced in August 2021 that it has delayed the implementation of UKCA marking from 1 January 2022 to 1 January 2023, although this is unlikely to be sufficient time to install enough capacity for testing houses in the UK to deal with testing and certifying across all construction products. In addition, although full checks on EU imports would not be implemented until 1 July 2022, this is also unlikely to be enough time to install enough capacity at UK ports that are already struggling with current levels of container and lorry trade.”