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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Do you move goods to Northern Ireland?

Date: Wednesday 03 February 2021

The UK trade deal with the EU and the additional agreement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol has safeguarded Northern Ireland's place in the UK's customs territory, this preserves access for Northern Ireland traders moving goods into Great Britain, removing the need for export declarations.

However, there are changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Many businesses have adjusted quickly to these new requirements but some traders are still adapting. The Government is providing the support needed. Two services have been set up to help:

  1. Trader Support Service (TSS): This free UK Government-backed service will guide you through any changes you need to make, and can complete customs declarations on your behalf. The TSS also offers a comprehensive range of education materials including online training, webinars and “how to” guides.
  2. Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS): Free support, including a dedicated helpline, is available for traders and businesses moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. MAS also means that traders will not need to pay health certification costs, which will be met by the UK Government.

The most up-to-date guidance on the Northern Ireland Protocol is on GOV.UK, including information on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland.