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.
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