Prepare for EU exit

The UK left the European Union on the 31 January 2020. This includes a transition period, which comes to an end in December 2020.

There are actions which businesses can take now to ensure they are equipped to face the challenges and opportunities from 1 January 2021. This page contains useful links from both government and industry sources.

Invest NI

Invest NI offers a range of support services to companies including information workshops, an online assessment tool, a Brexit preparation grant, and online tutorials which provide access to specialist advisers in people movement and immigration, preparing your data for EU Exit and VAT implications.

Find out more about Invest NI's EU Exit support.


InterTrade Ireland

InterTradeIreland has support available to help cross-border traders assess their exposure in these areas and to take mitigating actions - find out more on their Brexit2020 hub.

Their Brexit Advisory Service provides financial support and professional support on customs, supply chain, rules of origin with online learning supplemented by specialist webinars aimed at the cross-border market.


UK Trader Support Service

If you are a business who moves goods into Northern Ireland from inside and outside the UK, the TSS will help you prepare for new processes from 1 January 2021, free of charge.

Register now


GOV.UK

Answer some questions to get a personalised list of actions for you, your family and your business. You can then sign up for GOV.UK updates on transition arrangements.

HOW TO PREPARE GUIDES FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

Read the UK Government’s How To Prepare guides for Northern Ireland businesses to ensure you or those in your networks have taken the necessary actions to keep business moving.

As well as sector specific guides, there is a guide with key actions for all businesses, including recently announced actions relating to the movement of goods into, out of or through Northern Ireland.

The guides can be access here: https://bit.ly/3ld1PqT

NEW: 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 scheme.

NEW: 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 here.

TRADER SUPPORT SERVICE

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. 

It's free-to-use, can complete declarations on your behalf and offers training and support. Apply now by clicking here: https://bit.ly/TSSsignup 


The Information Commissioner's Office

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published guidance to help UK businesses and organisations keep personal data flowing with the EU and the EEA at the end of the transition period.


British Retail Consortium

The British Retail Consortium's Brexit Hub hosts a range of guides, advice and key documents to support retailers through this period of transition.


British Chambers of Commerce

British Chambers of Commerce have compiled three guides to help businesses understand the changes to Rules of Origin, Tariffs and Custom Declarations in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


NI Direct

NI Direct have compiled information for businesses and residents to refer to, when navigating the departure from EU.



Consumer Products

What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021.


Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

DAERA have developed a set of questions and answers, to help you and your business prepare for the end of Transition.


WEBINAR: Preparing for EU Exit – is your business ready?

Recorded in December 2020, this business focused webinar provides advice, support and best practice on preparing for EU exit.

What is covered?

  • Mike McGrath, Managing Director, Arvo Consulting: Understanding Supply chain risks and implications of EU Exit.
  • Ciaran Connolly, ProfileTree: EU Exit Digital Checklist
  • McCulla (Ireland) Ltd: Best Practice 
  • IntertradeIreland: InterTradeIreland provide information on their financial support packages of up to £2000 towards professional advice in relation to EU Exit.