Register now to avoid EU duty on goods destined for Northern Ireland

Businesses moving goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain are urged to sign up to the new UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) to ensure that they do not pay tariffs on items that will remain in the UK’s customs territory.

Traders can self-declare goods not ‘at risk’ of moving on to the EU after entering Northern Ireland so that they are not subject to EU duty. However, in order for this to take effect from 1 January, they will need to apply for authorisation by 31 December.

Traders will be granted a provisional authorisation for a period of up to four months whilst HMRC processes their applications.

Businesses who do not sign up could have to pay tariffs on their goods, unless they are eligible to claim a waiver.

Registering for UKTS can be done online at GOV.UK.

The scheme is open to traders of all sizes and across all industries who operate under the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP).

The government’s £200 million Trader Support Service (TSS) also provides education and guidance on ‘at risk’ goods for NI and GB businesses. To register for the TSS visit

Published Date: December 21, 2020
Category: Wholesale Industry News