EU Exit Advice, Guidance & Support
New rules are in place on how Northern Ireland businesses can operate from 01 January 2021. The key actions that your business must take can be viewed in this handy checklist.
Below is a list of key online resources that will help you better understand the EU Exit, its potential impact and the preparations you may have to make.
Advice & Support for Businesses
This site offers a useful EU Exit readiness tool and provides comprehensive information for businesses on many topics including exporting goods to the EU, importing goods from the EU, transporting goods by road, exporting animals or animal products, exporting services to the EU, and moving goods between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
The Council provides a range of assistance and support programmes to local businesses who are working to adapt to the UK’s Exit from the EU.
European Funding from the ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Funds will provide support and advice to hundreds of local businesses until March 2022 including:
- Kick Start Programme;
- Advancing Business Growth Programme;
- Tender for Success Programme.
As well as the suite of support offered through the EU funded programmes the Council will offer a range of other free support alongside EU webinar sessions:
- First Stop Shop;
- Social Economy Programme;
- Tourism Excellence Programme; and
- Monthly Webinar workshops and seminars.
For further details please email email@example.com
If you move goods from GB to NI, then the Trader Support Service will help ensure that smooth flow of goods continues.
By registering for TSS, you will be guided through all these changes – all for free:
- The TSS can complete declarations on your behalf, as well as safety and security declarations, if you choose
- You can attend free short training courses on key new processes that came into effect on 1 January 2021
- Access the TSS centre for help with any registration queries and for support in making declarations
- Help with obtaining an XI-prefixed EORI number (required for moving goods between GB:NI from 1 January 2021)
UK Trader Scheme
Apply for authorisation for the UK Trader Scheme if you bring goods into Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021: New guidance has been issued and can be accessed here. Find out how to get authorised to declare goods you bring into Northern Ireland, not ‘at risk’ of moving to the EU, so that EU duty will not be payable on those goods.
The Goods Vehicle Movement Service
If you’re a haulier and move goods through a port in the UK that uses the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, you’ll need to register for the service to get your goods through customs.
- For more information and to register for the Vehicle Movement Service, click here
- Check how to move goods through ports that use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, here
Find out about the ‘Get Ready for The EU Exit’ clinics running across Northern Ireland. There’s also a dedicated section on the EU Exit FAQs, support, assessment tool, preparation grants and briefings.
NIBusinessInfo provides a comprehensive EU Exit section, with a wealth of information tailored to the needs of specific sectors including trade, taxes, employers, transport, innovation and R&D, sales and marketing, IT, efficiency and the environment, food and drink, manufacturing and retail. You can access a range of helpful webinars to assist preparations for the EU Exit here.
The EU Exit advisory service, funding, upcoming events and a tailor-made online learning tool. The EU Exit planning and The EU Exit implementation vouchers are available for businesses to bring in expert advice. These are worth up to £2,000/£5,000 per business and applications can be made online.
InterTradeIreland have created a guide providing information on the EU Settlement Scheme, the post-Brexit immigration scheme and more. The guide is available here.
From Brexit planning to managing the Brexit transition, InterTradeIreland have a range of resources that can help.
Check out the business EU Exit checklist and FAQs.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have outlined several key actions firms may need to take:
- Goods – if you import or export goods to the EU, you must get an EORI number, make customs declarations or employ an agent to do them for you, check if your goods require extra papers (like plant or animal products) and speak to the EU business you’re trading with to make sure they’re completing the right EU paperwork. There are also special rules that apply to Northern Ireland. Hauliers must obtain a Kent Access Permit and have a negative COVID test before they head to port in Kent
- Services – if you deliver services to the EU, you must check whether your professional qualification is recognised by the appropriate EU regulator
- People – if you need to hire skilled staff from the EU, you must apply to become a licensed sponsor
- Travel – if you need to travel to the EU for business, you must check whether you need a visa or work permit
- Data – if your goods are protected by Intellectual Property (IP), you will need to check the new rules for parallel exporting IP protected goods from the UK to the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. You risk infringing on IP rights if you do not follow the new rules
- Accounting and reporting – if your business has a presence in the EU you may need to change how you undertake accounting and reporting to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements.
Food Standards Agency
Gain a better understanding of the steps your business may need to take in preparation for the EU Exit, with detailed information provided on health marks on meat, fish and dairy products, exports of products of animal origin, businesses that seek or hold authorisation for GM food or feed or animal feed additives, or export animal feed to the EU and submitting a regulated product authorisation application after the EU Exit.
How food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels from 1 January 2021.
Guidance on the health and identification marks that must be applied to products of animal origin, such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk, after the end of the EU Transition Period.
If you require any further information regarding the movement of food after January 2021, Please contact the Environmental Health Department.
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Businesses within the Agri-Food sector can get all the latest updates on EU Exit from DAERA at or call its helpline. DAERA have created a marketing standards Q&A guide which can be accessed here
Agricultural producers can find more useful advice here
General Advice from Government
Advice on how the EU Exit might relate to Northern Ireland (NI) and people in NI with specific information on businesses and employers, transport and travel, health and social care, EU citizens, education, rights and the law, holidaying in Europe, money, benefits and pensions, agriculture and environment.
Community groups and organisations who have secured financial support from EU programmes are advised that this funding will be guaranteed by the UK government until the end of 2020.
Advice & Support for Citizens
‘Brexit and You’ leaflet
A leaflet entitled ‘Brexit and You’ was delivered to all homes in Northern Ireland.
This short guide provides practical advice on healthcare, transport and travel, consumers and the EU Settlement Scheme. It also has contact details for organisations providing help and support. View any of this guide or download the Brexit and You leaflet.
EU Citizens Living in NI
Most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in NI. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. Further information is available at on the nidirect website.
There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens, who will continue to benefit from the Common Travel Area.
The Home Office has provided grant funding to community organisations providing EU settlement scheme support. These include:
EU Exit - Webinars Available
A range of webinars are available to help you prepare for Brexit.
The Northern Ireland Customs & Trade Academy have an excellent programme of online training courses that will give you the skills and expertise you need to ensure your GB:NI trade continues to operate smoothly.
Their workshops are delivered digitally and in Virtual Classroom sessions by expert trainers. They also have a series of downloadable How-To-Guides to introduce the different processes traders will need to know post transition.
A series of on demand videos on topics ranging from trade to data on post-transition rules are now available.
Businesses can select which videos to view from the list, or can choose their sector and see videos that are recommended for them. You must register for access to the videos here.
HMRC customs declarations webinars:
HMRC have launched multiple editions of this live webinar covering how to complete customs import declarations and explaining how to make import declarations when importing goods.. Find a date and to register, click here.