The government is urging businesses to sign up to the Trader Support Service before the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December.
More than 7,000 businesses have signed up to the new service, which will support traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021. With fewer than 30 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, more traders are being urged to register now.
What is the Trader Support Service?
On 1 January 2021, the Northern Ireland Protocol will come into force. There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
There are free training courses for all traders who are registered with the new service, to help them prepare for the new rules.
If a businesses does not sign up to the new service, they will not be able to move goods between the regions.
The Trader Support Service will:
- Enable traders to complete declarations without needing to purchase specialist software
- Save traders significant time in completing declarations
- Reduce traders’ declaration costs as the service is free-to-use
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
If you move goods to or from Northern Ireland
From 1 January 2021 you’ll need an EORI number that starts with XI to:
- move goods between Northern Ireland and non-EU countries
- make a declaration in Northern Ireland
- get a customs decision in Northern Ireland
If you already have an EORI number from an EU country, you do not need an EORI number starting with XI. You may still need an EORI number starting with GB to use some UK customs systems.
To get an EORI number that starts with XI, you must already have an EORI number that starts with GB.
I already have an EORI number starting with GB. What do I need to do?
If you already have an EORI number starting with GB and you sign up for the Trader Support Service by 14 December 2020, HMRC will automatically send you an EORI number starting with XI.
If you’re not sent one automatically, you can apply online for an EORI number that starts with XI from 11 December 2020.
I do not have an EORI number starting with GB
You can apply for an EORI number that starts with GB and one that starts with XI at the same time. You’ll get your EORI number that starts with XI within 4 working days.