The UK has left the EU and as part of the Withdrawal Agreement a Transition Period was agreed that came to an end on 31 December 2020. The Northern Ireland Protocol came into force on 1 January 2021. For as long as it is in force, Northern Ireland will align with all relevant EU rules relating to the placing on the market of manufactured goods. There is more information on the transition here 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 has left 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
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 Brexit.OperationalReadiness@daera-ni.gov.uk
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 EU rules relating to the placing on the market of manufactured goods.
EU Transition Business Readiness Leaflet
Moving Goods and Conformity Marks
Information on Exporting and importing businesses:
Trader Support Services
Placing Goods on the Market
Conformity Assessment Bodies
Guidance on Product Safety Regulations
- Where to find guides for businesses on specific product safety regulations 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. BEIS has also launched a series of on-demand videos on subjects ranging from trade to data to help business understand the new rules. Businesses can sign up through the following link, available here.
For further information on BREXIT see https://www.derrystrabane.com/Brexit