Movement Assistance Scheme launched - what you need to know

A support scheme has been launched to help businesses meet the new requirements for moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after the EU transition period ends.

The Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) will make it easier for businesses to continue to move agri-food goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. It includes a dedicated business advice helpline and means traders will not have to pay certification costs, which will be reimbursed by government to whoever certifies the product.

Gail Soutar, NFU chief EU exit and international trade adviser, said: “From 1 January 2021, there will be new requirements for moving live animals, products of animal origin, plants and plant products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

“We have been asking government to ensure assistance is available to help farm businesses deal with these new requirements and this scheme will be a great help.”

More details on the MAS are available here

Temporary urgent relaxations of enforcement of EU drivers' hours rules

In response to pressures on local and national supply chains, the Department for Transport has pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, introduced two temporary urgent relaxations of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales from 00:01 23 December 2020.

The two exemptions to enforcement of drivers’ hours currently in force cover:

  • Anyone driving in Great Britain under the EU drivers’ hours rules and undertaking carriage of goods by road where it is deemed necessary.
  • Anyone driving under the EU drivers’ hours rules involved in the international carriage of goods by road or the carriage of goods between GB and NI.

These exemptions were due to expire on 22 January, but have now been extended until 23:59 on 31 March. Details for making these notifications can be found on the notices linked below.

Details of the relaxation for use in GB can be found here

Details of the international relaxation can be found here.

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