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Free Support for GB-NI Traders

Sign ups are now available for the Trader Support Service, which will assist businesses which trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Published on September 28, 2020

Belfast Harbour Lorries embarking on a Stena Line service from Belfast Harbour. Photo cropped. © Albert Bridge (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Businesses can now sign up to a free Trader Support Service launched by the Government, to help companies which move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Protocol will come into force on January 1, 2021, if an agreement isn't finalised between the UK and the European Union to replace the current transitional arrangement which expires on December 31, 2020. The Government advises that the Protocol will introduce "changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

The Trader Support Service is designed to help businesses which trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain navigate these changes. The service, which is free to sign up to, is aimed at supporting those who move goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, businesses which act on behalf of someone else moving goods between the two countries, and also those who may send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Explaining the sevice, the Government say that the Trader Support Service "is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland." The Government say the service can also "complete declarations on your behalf".

To sign up to the Trader Support Service, go to www.gov.uk/guidance/trader-support-service

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