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Irish Exporters: Further Brexit-related changes to UK Import Controls are coming, beginning on 1 January

There is a dedicated page on UK Import Controls here.

Irish businesses exporting to the UK must now maximise the available time to prepare for the introduction of new UK import controls on 1 January 2022 and 1 July 2022.

These new UK import controls will impact on exporters of all products of animal origin, including meat, dairy, fish and composite products incorporating products of animal origin, animal by-products, high risk food not of animal origin as well as regulated plants and plant products.

In addition to the necessary customs formalities, Irish exporters exporting to or through the UK, excluding Northern Ireland need to comply with a number of new UK requirements. From 1 January your UK importer will have to pre-notify the UK authorities of the goods. From 1 July you will have to get the appropriate Health Certificate(s) from the Irish authorities and you will have to move the goods together with these Health Certificate(s). The type of Export Health Certificate required for individual categories of products may differ and therefore consignments with different products may require a number of certificates. Further information is provided at the link below.

It’s crucial that exporters fully understand these new UK import requirements and ensure everyone in the supply chain, including your UK importer, is clear on their roles and responsibilities and can meet them.

A range of Government supports are available, including training and grants, to help your business deal with these changes. However, you will also need to engage with your UK importer and with the UK authorities.

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The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020 after both sides concluded a Withdrawal Agreement to facilitate an orderly departure.

The Withdrawal Agreement provided for a transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020.

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into effect at the end of the transition period. The Agreement provides for tariff-free, quota-free trade and for sectoral cooperation in a number of important areas. The European Commission has provided more information on the Agreement on its website .

As the UK is no longer part of the EU Single Market and Customs Union new procedures apply for businesses moving goods to, from or through the UK, excluding Northern Ireland. The Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland , which forms part of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the EU and the UK in 2019, means that no new procedures apply to goods moving between Northern Ireland and Ireland or the other Member States of the European Union.

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