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Northern Ireland

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On 23 May, the Government published its Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol document. It confirms that there will be Brexit checks on animals and food goods entering NI from the rest of the UK from next January.

The announcement comes months after Boris Johnson pledged there would be no checks on trade crossing the Irish Sea - telling businesses that if anyone asked them to fill in new paperwork, they could "throw it in the bin."

The arrangements have been put in place as part of the deal struck between Boris Johnson and the EU in January to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.


Northern Ireland Protocol update

The Government has, this month, issued further guidance for businesses moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol. Due to take effect at the end of the Transition Period, the Protocol is the practical solution designed to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Exporting NI to GB

Moving goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain should take place as it does now – there will be no additional process, paperwork, or restrictions on Northern Ireland goods moving to Great Britain, delivering unfettered access.

Exporting GB to NI

Changes for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be kept to an absolute minimum but will entail some new admin processes, notably new electronic import declaration requirements, and safety and security information, for goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. These are needed to make sure that tariffs are not paid on trade within the UK and that goods going to Ireland pay tariffs when they should.

A new Trader Support Service (more information below), available to all traders at no cost, will be available - alongside guidance on the processes for food and agricultural products.

Trader Support Service

As mentioned above, the new Trader Support Service will be made available to all traders who move goods between GB and NI, or bring goods into NI from outside the UK.

The TSS will be free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and into Northern Ireland from outside the UK.

You can also use it to get customs declarations completed on your behalf.

You can register your interest now and the Service is expected to go live in September.

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