13/08/2020

Northern Ireland Protocol

Major £650 million investment for Northern Ireland: The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, announce a major £650m package of investment. This will include:

  • A new free-to-use Trader Support Service backed by funding of up to £200 million will complete digital processes on behalf of businesses importing goods into Northern Ireland.
  • £155m to fund the development of new technology to ensure the new processes can be fully digital and streamlined.

Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: page launched to provide information on what UK businesses can do now to get ready for 2021. This page will continue to be updated with guidance going forward.

Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol: The protocol document. This guidance provides support for businesses engaging in new processes under the Northern Ireland protocol. Exports from NI to the UK will be free from any additional processes. However, exports to NI from the UK will be subject to new requirements, particularly for food and agricultural products.

Register an interest in the Trader Support Service: Find out how you can register an interest in the Trader Support Service and keep up to date with other changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. This will provide an end-to-end service which will guide traders through all import processes, including handling digital import and safety and security declarations on their behalf, at no additional cost. The guidance sets out further details on this service and how to register to use it from the end of the UK transition period.

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