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December 2020
Updates to The Northern Ireland Protocol 

Update includes information from the UK on how it will ensure unfettered access for NI Businesses to the UK, and no tariffs on Internal UK Trade.

It also outlines a grace period extended to authorized traders, such as supermarkets and their trusted suppliers. They will benefit from a grace period, through to 1 April 2021, from official certification for products of animal origin, composite products, food and feed of non-animal origin and plants and plant products.

The UK Government and the Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs will engage in a rapid exercise to ensure these traders are identified prior to 31 December so they can benefit from the grace period.

For more information, click here.

10th December 2020
Relations with the UK: Commission proposed targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario

While the Commission will continue to do its utmost to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the UK, there is now significant uncertainty whether a deal will be in place on 1 January 2021.

For more information, click here.

8th December 2020
Joint statement by the co-chairs of the EU-UK Joint Committee

The co-chairs of the EU-UK Joint Committee yesterday held a political meeting to address the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement.

For more information, click here.

5th November 2020
Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee Meeting

The fourth meeting of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee was held on 5 November 2020, co-chaired by officials from the UK Government and the European Commission. 

The UK and the EU exchanged updates on the implementation of the Protocol. For more information, click here.

8th October 2020
Brexit Readiness Checklist 

This checklist is for businesses based in Ireland.

The Brexit Readiness Checklist highlights some of the key actions that businesses can take to get ready for the changes Brexit will bring from 1 January 2020. The checklist includes links to the relevant Agencies who can provide the necessary guidance and support to businesses. 

28th September 2020
Trader Support Service (TSS)

This plan is for businesses based in Northern Ireland. 

The Trader Support Service is now open and you can register for this free service today. Sign up now to help ensure that you are ready for 1 January 2021. 

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. 

9th September 2020
Ireland Brexit Readiness Action Plan

This plan is for businesses based in Ireland. 

The Brexit Readiness Action Plan sets out the steps that businesses and individuals need to take now, to be ready for the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020. 

7th August 2020
Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol

This Protocol applies to businesses based in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

16th July 2020 EUROPEAN COMMISSION: Getting ready for the end of the transition period

Even if the European Union and the United Kingdom conclude a highly ambitious partnership covering all areas agreed in the Political Declaration by the end of 2020, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU acquis, the internal market and the Customs Union, at the end of the transition period will inevitably create barriers to trade and cross-border exchanges that do not exist today. There will be broad and far-reaching consequences for public administrations, businesses and citizens as of 1 January 2021, regardless of the outcome of negotiations. These changes are unavoidable and stakeholders must make sure they are ready for them.  

20th May 2020
The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol

This information outlines how the Protocol can be implemented in a way that would protect the interests of the people and economy of Northern Ireland, ensure the effective working of the UK’s internal market, provide appropriate protection for the EU Single Market and uphold the rights of all Northern Ireland’s citizens.

19th May 2020
UK tariffs from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods. This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31 December 2020. You can check what the tariff applies to, how to check the tariff and tariff relief on some goods for tackling coronavirus (COVID-19).  For SME’s based in Ireland use the UK Global Tariff tool to check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import from 1 January 2021.

December Webinars 

For more information on Brexit we have provided a list of webinars taking place in the month of December.

Wednesday 9th December @ 12.00pm

Brexit – What Next? Focus on Logistics

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday 9th December @  3.00pm 

Countdown to Brexit – 20 Days To Go

Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 

Thursday 10th December @ 2.00pm 

How to Bring Your Consignment Through Dublin Port: A Step by Step Guide

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Brexit 2020 Update 

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020.The transition period critically gives businesses the opportunity to prepare for a new trading relationship. The current rules on trade will continue to apply during the transition period.

The Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol ensures no custom controls on North/South trade in goods and Northern Ireland will remain aligned with the EU Custom Code, including laws for VAT. Northern Ireland will also align with specific EU rules in areas such as technical regulation of goods, agriculture and environmental production, regulation and state-aid. Goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland won’t be subject to a tariff unless the good is “at risk” of being moved into the EU.

InterTradeIreland will keep you informed as changes emerge. In the meantime, to help you prepare we’ll continue to offer support and advice to cross-border traders.