Special easement on movements from Ireland to GB

Date : 16 December 2021

Discussions between the UK and the EU on the future of the Northern Ireland Protocol are ongoing.

With the final outcome still unclear, the UK government has announced special measures intended to ensure that agri-food products are able to move freely from the Island of Ireland to GB.

Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary goods moving from the Island of Ireland (ie: Ireland and NI) to GB will be temporarily exempt from changes to EU – UK trade planned for January 2022.

For most traders, this means that the requirement to “pre-notify” movements of some products will be delayed until an unspecified future time:

  • Products of animal origin (POAO)
  • Animal By-Products
  • Plants
  • Plant products
  • High-risk food not of animal origin (HRFNAO)

Traders should note that this is intended to be a temporary measure, not a permanent practice. Also, this easement only applies to products where border practice will change in January.

For products already subject to border checks or pre-notification (primarily live animals, POAO under special measures, high-risk animal products and germinal products), the current measures will continue to apply.

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