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.

We were joined by Shanker Singham, and Frank Dunsmuir to discuss the Trader Support Service.

Additional questions and answers from the session are available here- Manufacturing NI Questions from TSS session 2

Slides are available here: 20201207_Seminar Round 3_Full Deck_v3

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