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Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021


What UK businesses can do now to get ready for 2021.



The Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement was designed as a practical solution to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, whilst ensuring that the UK, including Northern Ireland, could leave the EU as a whole.


The UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol outlines how the protocol can be implemented in a way that would protect the interests of the people and economy of Northern Ireland, ensure the effective working of the UK’s internal market, provide appropriate protection for the EU Single Market and uphold the rights of all Northern Ireland’s citizens.


Until negotiations with the EU conclude, there will be some areas without complete certainty, but full guidance will be provided by the end of the transition period.


READ | The UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol document here:


www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-approach-to-the-northern-ireland-protocol


More detailed guidance for UK businesses moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland will be added to GOV.UK in the coming weeks. Businesses are urged to sign up for email alerts which will let you know when the new guidance is on GOV.UK.

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