The Northern Ireland Protocol

What is the NI protocol? 

The Northern Ireland Protocol is a trading arrangement negotiated during Brexit that allows for the transportation of goods across the Irish land border without the need for checks. The NI Protocol dictates that Northern Ireland businesses maintain unfettered access to Great Britain for “qualifying goods”, meaning we maintain full market access to the European Union. 

The Northern Ireland Protocol

This means from 1 January 2021 there continues to be: 

  • No export declarations 
  • No exit summary declarations 
  • No import declarations on arrival in GB 
  • No customs duties to pay 
  • No VAT to pay at point of arrival 
  • No changes to how goods from NI arrive at ports in Great Britain 
  • For goods moving between Northern Ireland and the EU there are: 
  • No checks or processes 
  • No customs duties or tariffs 
  • No customs border between Northern Ireland and the EU 
  • No need to register for VAT in each EU member state 
  • Northern Ireland maintains regulatory alignment on goods with the EU 

What does this mean? 

The NI Protocol means we can operate in both the GB and EU markets without the need for import declarations, customs duties, VAT at the point of arrival and other non-tariff barriers. This in turn allows us to be a cost-effective provider of AV solutions. 

Our employees can continue to move and work freely in both GB and the EU meaning we are able to provide a seamless service to support your business operations in both the UK & European markets.