The way you move goods into and out of Northern Ireland is changing.
The transition period after leaving the EU ends on 31 December 2020. So, from 1 January 2021 goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be subject to new declarations. This affects all businesses whether you are a trader, haulier or a carrier.
Traders will need to complete new declarations and hauliers and carriers will also need to complete safety and security declarations for all consignments moving from GB to Northern Ireland.
The Trader Support Service is here to help
The free-to-use Trader Support Service (TSS) is here to support all affected businesses with the new processes that take effect on 1 January 2021. It is critical for you to register in order to ensure your consignments are not delayed at the port.
Register here: tradersupportservice.co.uk
The TSS will enable you to:
- Access training courses and how-to guides through our TSS education portal, NICTA.
- Prepare for the changes to processes, including the safety and security declarations (ENS declarations) that must be completed by hauliers and carriers, as well as others that will be submitted by the trader.
- Complete your declarations quickly, without the need for specialist advice or software.
- Help processes run smoothly at the port, by having the required documentation for check-in.
The countdown to the 1st Jan is now on and you need to be ready. Make sure you take these steps to prepare:
If you are a haulier
Actions to take now:
- Ensure you are registered with the Trader Support Service (TSS) and you have an XI EORI number (more information on EORI numbers here).
- Ensure you are registered for GVMS, the Governments’ new system for coordinating the movement of vehicles.
- Please reach out to the businesses that you move goods for and ensure that they have registered with the Trader Support Service.
Preparations to make for shipping from the 1 January
Prepare to submit information for ENS Safety & Security declarations:
- If you are moving controlled goods, you will have to provide item commodity codes, prices, and country of origin in the ENS declaration. You may need to work with your customers to obtain this information. More information can be found here.
If you are a trader
Actions to take now:
- Ensure you are registered with the Trader Support Service (TSS) and that you have an XI EORI number (more information on EORI numbers here).
- Please reach out to your hauliers and ensure they are aware of the steps they need to take, including:
Preparations to make for shipping from the 1 January:
- Ensure you are providing your hauliers with all the information required – including additional information for controlled goods.
- Make sure you understand the guidance for ‘at risk’ goods and register for the UK Trader Scheme.
- The Trader Support Service will provide more details on how & when you can submit supplementary declarations in the New Year – you should ensure you keep accurate records of goods moved. Once you have registered you will receive their regular bulletin with essential info and updates.
The Trader Support Service will help you and your customers prepare for the changes that will affect your business.
Act now and register your company for free today so that you are ready in time.