The UK will leave the EU on 1st January 2020 and post Brexit, all goods moving from Mainland UK to Northern Ireland will be required to have declarations and potential duty paid, please be aware that this is NOT just those moving to/from the EU. It is important to take some steps now to help make this transition as smooth as possible for your business. With so much to deal with right not, many businesses may not find out about this until it is too late, please take some time to find out how you may be affected now.

Who is affected?

  • All Northern Ireland businesses who have any suppliers in the Mainland UK will be affected and need to take steps now to ensure their supply will continue.
  • All UK businesses who have suppliers in EU will also be affected so it may be easier for NI businesses to buy directly from EU suppliers than from Mainland UK ones.
  • All Mainland UK Businesses who have customers in Northern Ireland will also need to take steps.


What do I need to do?

Supply Chain Analysis

  • You should take time to map your supply chain, highlighting the place of origin of the products that you purchase and even components that make up that product. This will allow you to ascertain which countries you may potentially have to import from.
  • You should enquire about the duty that may have to be paid on those goods if a ‘no-deal’ brexit was to go ahead as this will be an increase cost to you and ultimately your customers.
  • Ensure you have appropriate logistics in place to get your products in house, you may need to speak with your distributor or perhaps source a new distribution network.

EORI Number

  • If you purchase goods from outside Northern Ireland, we recommend that you consider applying for an EORI number by clicking here .
  • This number will be required to allow your goods to come in to the country.
  • Northern Ireland businesses will require an XI prefixed EORI number but must have a GB one first.
  • Businesses will require a GB Prefixed EORI to move goods between the UK and the EU.

To apply you need your:

  • VAT number and effective date of registration – these are on your VAT registration certificate
  • National Insurance number – if you’re an individual or a sole trader
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) – find your UTR if you do not know it
  • business start date and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code – these are in the Companies House register
  • Government Gateway user ID and password

Trader Support Service

  • We also recommend that you register for the Trader Support Service by clicking here.
  • The Trader Support Service will
    • will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
    • is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • can complete declarations on your behalf
  • It can help if you:
    • are moving the goods yourself
    • act on behalf of someone
    • send parcels between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring parcels into Northern Ireland from outside the UK

Inter-trade Ireland Voucher 

  • We suggest that you register for the Inter-Trade Ireland Voucher scheme which will assis you by providing £2,000 toward professional assistance during the Brexit process – click here for more information.
  • This voucher can used with a consultant who will ascertain how Brexit will impact your specific business and help you put plans in place to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Please make sure you register for your EORI number and the Trader Support Service before 23rd November 2020, this will make the process much more simple for you going forward. 


What does this mean for you?

We can provide limited advice to our clients on this but are better able to sign post you to the relevant agencies. The situation continues to evolve, and things may well change over the coming weeks and months but please do not get caught behind when we are all so busy trying to keep things going.

Please get in touch if you would like more information by contacting the office on 02891 813295.