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EU Exit Support

For the latest updates and information Visit NI Business Info or Invest NI

EU Exit video tutorials

The Invest NI video tutorials cover a range of topics from strategic sourcing, people movement and immigration, data protection, commercial contracts, recruitment and selection and export finance.

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Trader Support Service Webinar

Trader Support Service Webinar: How well are you navigating the new requirements of Brexit?

This webinar provides practical guidance and support from the Trader Support Service in navigating the new requirements of Brexit.  From 1st January 2021, businesses have faced new processes and paperwork in relation to the movement of goods. The Trader Support Service (TSS) was established by government to assist with this process and this webinar will provide practical guidance and a step by step approach in relation to the new requirements.

The Panel includes:

  • Paul Woodward, TSS
  • Rodney Ferguson, TSS
  • Kim Swan, P&O

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Help and Support

General guidance
Business advice
Guidance for Non-Food Businesses
UK Trader Scheme
The Movement Assistance Scheme
Grants
EU Settlement Scheme
Guidance for the food industry
EU Exit Checklist
Trader Support Service

Key Questions

Are you an NI company which offers a service outside the UK?
Are you recruiting or do you employ workers from outside the UK?
Are you a company which transfers data outside the UK?
Are you aware of logistical changes, which are happening following our EU exit?
Are you aware of the procedures needed to move agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from 1 January?

Help and Support

General guidance

General advice on Brexit is available on the NI Direct and UK GOV.UK websites. There is also a dedicated Twitter account, @NIBrexitInfo, for NI related information.

NI Brexit information leaflet

Business advice

Invest NI, InterTrade Ireland and the NI Chamber have dedicated sections on their websites to provide help for businesses on Brexit. The UK Government also created an online Brexit readiness tool, as well as guides to importing and exporting.

We also provide a more general range of support for businesses and specific information about the potential impact of Brexit on food standards for importing and exporting.

Guidance for Non-Food Businesses

The UK has left the EU and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end on 31 December 2020.  To find out what preparations your business can make, you can use the Gov.UK Transition Checker tool.

At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol will take effect. Guidance to support businesses engaging in the movement of goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol is available on the Gov.UK website's Moving goods under the Northern Ireland protocol.

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland you can sign up for the free Trader Support Service.

The UK Trader Scheme

Find out how to get authorised to declare goods you or those in your network bring into Northern Ireland not ‘at risk’ of moving to the EU so that EU duty will not be payable on those goods. 

You must apply for the UK Trader Scheme authorisation by 31 December 2020 if you want to declare your goods not ‘at risk’ from 1 January 2021. Click here to access the UK Trader Scheme on the Gov.uk website.

The Movement Assistance Scheme

If you or someone from your network brings agri-food products from Great Britain into Northern Ireland, guidance and support is available from the new Movement Assistance Scheme.

The new scheme will assist traders moving animals, plants and associated goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and will include a helpline with advisers ready to help with the new requirements, including advice on export health certificates, live animals, animal products, plant and plant product types. 

The scheme can be accessed on the Gov.uk website.

Grants

The UK Government has guaranteed existing EU funding until the end of 2020 and announced a replacement scheme for EU funding. The written statement and background to the scheme is available on the Parliament website.

EU Settlement Scheme

In January 2019, the UK Government announced a settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families. The scheme is designed to allow most EU citizens, who started living in the UK before 31 December 2020, to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The deadline for applying for the settlement scheme is 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Details on how to apply are available on the Gov.uk website.

The Home Office has provided grant funding to community organisations providing EU Settlement Scheme support. These include: 

Guidance for the food industry

As the UK prepares to leave the EU the Food Standards Agency has published guidance on the steps your business may need to take.

EU Exit Checklist

There will be new rules on how Northern Ireland businesses can operate from 1 January 2021.

This checklist highlights the key actions that businesses must take to get ready for the changes at the end of this year.

Read more on the NI Business Info website.

Trader Support Service

The Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force on 1 January 2021.

There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

View Webinar

You may want to sign up for the free Trader Support Service which:

• will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
• is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
• can complete declarations on your behalf

It can help if you:

• are moving the goods yourself
• act on behalf of someone
• send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or bring parcels into Northern Ireland from outside the UK

Sign up now using the Trader Support Service website,

The Movement Assistance Scheme

If you or someone from your network brings agri-food products from Great Britain into Northern Ireland, guidance and support are available from the new Movement Assistance Scheme.

The new scheme will assist traders moving animals, plants and associated goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and will include a helpline with advisers ready to help with the new requirements, including advice on export health certificates, live animals, animal products, plant and plant product types. 

The scheme can be accessed on the Gov.uk website.

Key Questions

Are you an NI company which offers a service outside the UK?

View the Invest NI Webinar: EU Exit and services; Implication for services in NI

Are you recruiting or do you employ workers from outside the UK?

View the Invest NI Webinar: EU Exit: The EU Settlement Scheme and preparing for the Post-Brexit Immigration Scheme

Are you a company which transfers data outside the UK?

View the Invest NI Webinar: Preparing your data for EU Exit

Are you aware of logistical changes, which are happening following our EU exit?

View the Invest NI Webinar: Northern Ireland and Customs - Implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol 

Are you aware of the procedures needed to move agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from 1 January?

This includes:

  • Live animals
  • Products of Animal origin
  • Plants and plant products
  • Wood packaging material (must be ISPM 15 compliant)

If the answer is no, DAERA is delivering a series of webinars and presentations to help prepare

View the latest information and up-to-date webinars on the DEARA website.