The UK left the European Union on the 31 January 2020 and there is now a Transition Period until 31st Dec 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period. New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021. There is more info on the transition period on https://www.gov.uk/transition
Comprehensive information about Brexit and how it might impact Northern Ireland and people living here is available from on the NI Direct website. A number of government departments and agencies are providing help for businesses to prepare for BREXIT (ie after the Transition Period), in the form of information and advice – see link below:-
Brexit - 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. While the current requirements for food will continue to apply with no or limited changes for most businesses, there may be significant changes to what some specific types of businesses including approved premises, importers and exporters need to do.
The UK Government has published the following additional sources of guidance:
- Guidance on importing and exporting animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin after EU Exit
- The Defra website has the latest information on the work that Defra are doing.
This information will be updated as the government and EU makes decisions and requirements become clearer.
For further info on EU Exit info please see link below:-
Businesses can also be preparing by finding out the customs/CN codes for their commodities using the following link:- www.tariffnumber.com/2018/02
Link to Invest NI events is also useful www.investni.com/prepare-for-eu-exit/eu-exit-events
If businesses have any queries in relation to trader readiness, they can contact the DAERA Brexit Operational Readiness team at [email protected]
Guidance on Identification Marks that applies from 1st Jan 2021: www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/guidance-on-health-and-identification-marks-that-applies-from-1-january-2021
Brexit – Guidance on Consumer Product Safety
The following links to official guidance regarding consumer product safety, may be of assistance regarding preparing for the end of the Brexit Transition period. The transition period will end at 11pm on 31 December 2020.
Moving Goods and Conformity Marks
- Moving Goods Into/Out of/through Northern Ireland
- Moving Goods Under the Northern Ireland Protocol
- Using the UKNI marking from 1 January 2021
Information on Exporting and importing businesses:
Trader Support Services
- Sign up for the Trader Support Service
- Trader Support Services Communication resources
Placing Goods on the Market
- Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021
Conformity Assessment Bodies
- Conformity assessment bodies: change of status from 1 January 2021
Guidance on Product Safety Regulations
- Where to find guides for businesses on specific product safety regulations from 1 January 2021.
- Construction Products Regulation from 1 January 2021
- Further advice on consumer product safety is available from the Consumer Protection section of our Derry City and Strabane District Councils website here and from the Office for Product Safety and Standards here
For further information on BREXIT see https://www.derrystrabane.com/Brexit