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Brexit Update: New Trader Support Service

In advance of the introduction of the NI Protocol to manage trade between GB and NI from 1st January, the gov’t has announced a new free-to-use Trader Support Service.

Backed by funding of up to £200 million it will complete digital processes on behalf of businesses importing goods into NI. It will become operational from September 2020 but you can register to use the service from today.

If you trade between NI and GB it is important that you register.

A further £155 million will be used to fund the development of new technology to ensure the new processes can be fully digital and streamlined.

The Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between GB and NI as well as into NI from outside the UK.

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

The service is outlined as part of the publication of new guidance on NI Protocol for businesses moving goods into and from NI. The new online pages can be viewed HERE and will be updated as implementation work and UK-EU discussions proceed as part of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

This provides further clarity to businesses following the publication of the Government’s Command Paper in May, with additional details to be outlined in the coming months to support preparations for the end of the transition period.

Businesses in NI can sign up for further information about the scheme from today, before it becomes operational in September 2020.

If you trade between GB and NI it is vital that register your interest for the Trader Support Service:

The gov’t also confirmed £300 million of funding to the PEACE Plus Programme to support peace and reconciliation across the island of Ireland.