Exporters to Northern Ireland from GB using the new “Green Lane” need to apply for the UK Internal Market Scheme authorisation by 31st July 2023.
If you are currently a trusted trader and authorised under the UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) or are planning to use the “Green Lane”, there are new regulations. For goods moving on or after 30 September 2023, the UK Trader Scheme authorisation will no longer be valid, and you must use the UK Internal Market Scheme (UKIMS) authorisation. The new regulations are part of the Windsor Framework.
The Windsor Framework is an international arrangement between the UK and the EU under which the parties commit to binding international law obligations, including changes to the Protocol itself. Following on from the “Windsor Framework” amongst other changes, the agreement provides a system of “Green Lanes” and “Red Lanes” to ease the flow of trade from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI).
- Green Lanes – goods shipped from GB, which are staying in NI, will use the “Green Lane” at NI ports, meaning they will not have to be checked and will require minimal paperwork. Only trusted traders will be allowed to use this scheme.
- Red Lanes – for goods at risk of moving to the EU, the now ‘usual’ customs procedures and paperwork will apply.
- Parcels – these include, for consumer to consumer and business to consumer parcels under certain limits, no requirement for any customs formalities.
- Agri-food – subject to requirements, retail products for end consumption in NI will be able to move from GB with minimal certification requirements and controls.
Action is required by 31 July 2023 to ensure that you can complete the enrolment onto the UK Internal Market Scheme by 30 September 2023.
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