From 1 January 2021, the ‘Northern Ireland Protocol’ will take effect to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, whilst ensuring the UK, including Northern Ireland, can leave the EU as a whole.
The Protocol means that UK authorities apply EU customs rules to goods entering Northern Ireland. This means that from 1 January 2021 electronic import declarations as well as safety and security declarations will be required for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
HM Government have launched a new, free support service for firms involved in the movement of goods to Northern Ireland, to help them adapt to the new processes. If your organisation moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, then the new Trader Support Service (TSS) is here to help you prepare to ensure that your goods continue to move smoothly from 1 January 2021.
The manufacturing sector will be affected by the changes brought about by the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol on 1 January, 2021. Manufacturers, and their eco-system of suppliers should be preparing for the new reality of trade across the GB-NI boundary.
This webinar- with Stephen Kelly from Manufacturing NI, Shanker Singham, CEO of Competere and Frank Dunsmuir, Industry Lead Customs & International Trade at Fujitsu, goes through the essential elements that Northern Irish manufacturers need to understand, as well as key questions and answers that were posed.
Questions and answers from the session can be found here: Manufacturing NI webinar on the new Trader Support Service Question and answer session