Farmers who trade across Irish border advised to register for Brexit Trade Support Service

Farmers who move goods into and out of Northern Ireland (NI) from Great Britain (GB) or bring goods into NI from outside the UK, must sign up to the Trader Support Service (TSS), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said.

If registration is done before 23 November 2020, this will be an automatic process but if this is done later, a separate application will be required. The TSS will guide them through the changes and will provide farm businesses with a business registration number needed to transport goods from 1 January 2021 with the implementation of the NI Protocol.

“The New Year is fast approaching and changes will be put in place from 1 January, affecting the way goods move between GB and NI and also those being brought into NI from outside the UK,” said UFU president Victor Chestnutt. “Goods can include something as simple as ordering a second-hand tractor part from England, purchases that can be very regular for some farmers.

“It is essential that our members who transport goods across the water or do so on another’s behalf, sign up for the free TSS. It will provide them with a necessary business registration number needed to transport goods, will explain all the changes that come into effect with the implementation of the NI Protocol and the service can complete declarations on your behalf. I urge our farmers to act now to give themselves time to prepare and get their farm businesses ready for the inevitable changes that lie ahead. If they fail to sign up to the TSS, this could cause serious issues for the daily running of their business as they may not be able to move essential goods into NI.”

The UFU will be holding a meeting on Monday 16 November at 7pm to explain the TSS. To register visit the following link, https://www.ufuni.org/events/trader-support-services-webinar.

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