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Government launches tariff waiver scheme for exports to Northern Ireland

[ December 17, 2020   //   ]

The UK government is urging traders moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to consider whether they need to sign up to a new UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) to ensure that they do not pay tariffs from 1 January.

Businesses can now apply for a UKTS authorisation, allowing them to self-declare goods not ‘at risk’ of moving on to the EU after entering Northern Ireland.

This means they will not be subject to EU duties on goods being sold to or used by consumers after entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, regardless of the outcome of the UK-EU negotiations on a possible free trade deal.

Businesses who do not sign up could have to pay tariffs on their goods, unless they are eligible to claim a waiver.

Businesses can register online at gov.uk

The scheme is open to traders of all sizes and across all industries who operate under the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP). Traders who want to declare goods not ‘at risk’ from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for authorisation by 31 December. They will be granted a provisional authorisation for a period of up to four months whilst HMRC processes their applications. Earlier, the UK Government said it would launch a Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) for traders moving food or agricultural products for which SPS controls apply as part of its Trader Support Service for Northern Ireland.

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