The British government has said it is delaying the implementation of some post-Brexit border controls which had been due to come into force at the start of October.

The written ministerial statement by Brexit minister David Frost said the timetable for bringing in the "same controls on incoming goods from the European Union as on goods from the rest of the world" would be delayed beyond the plans set out in March.

He said: "The pandemic has had longer-lasting impacts on businesses, both in the UK and in the European Union, than many observers expected in March.

"There are also pressures on global supply chains, caused by a wide range of factors including the pandemic and the increased costs of global freight transport. These pressures are being especially felt in the agri-food sector.

"In these circumstances, the government has decided to delay further some elements of the new controls, especially those relating to sanitary and phytosanitary goods."

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Mr Frost said the delays on checks applied mainly to "sanitary and phytosanitary goods" coming from European Union member states.

He said: "The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on January 1 2022 as opposed to October 1.

"The new requirements for export health certificates, which were due to be introduced on October 1, will now be introduced on July 1 2022.

"Phytosanitary certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at border control posts, due to be introduced on January 1 2022, will now be introduced on July 1 2022.

"The requirement for safety and security declarations on imports will be introduced as of July 1 2022 as opposed to January 1.

"The timetable for the removal of the current easements in relation to full customs controls and the introduction of customs checks remains unchanged from the planned January 1."

He added: "The government will work closely with the devolved administrations on the implementation of this new timetable, given their devolved responsibilities for agri-food controls."