Brexit Bulletin, 31 August 2020

Aug 31, 2020

Over 62,000 EU citizens have applied for a right to stay in Northern Ireland permanently under the EU Settlement Scheme. We have also summarised the latest guidance from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to support businesses preparing for Brexit. In other news, for UK based traders, you can apply to pay less duty on goods undergoing special procedures as per HMRC’s latest guidance.

More than 62,000 EU citizens apply to settle in Northern Ireland

Latest statistics on the EU Settlement Scheme show that 62,600 EU citizens have applied to stay in Northern Ireland. Areas of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon have seen the highest number of applications (over 13,000) for settlements, with Belfast coming in as the second preference with nearly 12,000 applications. These statistics cover the period of 28 August 2018 to 30 June 2020, and applications concluded during the same time period.

The highest number of applications in Northern Ireland have, so far, come from Polish nationals, followed by Lithuanian and Romanian nationals. Around 60 per cent of the current applicant group have been granted settled status, whereas 31 per cent are classified as “pre-settled”.

You can take a look at the EU Settlement Scheme statistics on Gov.UK.

“Take action”, says Department of Agriculture’s new Brexit guidance

As a part of their campaign to get businesses Brexit ready, the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine in Ireland has released guidance urging businesses to undertake certain assessments and activities when importing or exporting plant/animal products. As per their latest publication, the guidance covers areas of supply change review, knowing specific requirements for plant and animal products (Starting 1 January 2021) and certification requirements for traders conducting business with the UK.

They have outlined seven essential steps that need to be considered by traders operating in the agri-food sector:

1. Review your supply chain

2. Know the specific requirements for the commodity you are trading in

3. Decide how you will handle your regulatory requirements

4. Decide who is responsible for pre-notifications on TRACES (plant/animal product system)

5. Register with the relevant authority

6. Know the UK certification requirements for products that you export

7. Avail of Government Brexit programmes and supports

More information on the government's Brexit programmes and supports is available on

Are you availing of special procedures on importing or exporting goods in the UK?

HMRC have released guidance on customs special procedures that enable traders to suspend, pay less or no duty on goods they import or export for special procedures such as repair or processing.

These special procedures allow traders to store, temporarily use, process, or repair goods and get partial or full relief from import duty, or in some cases suspension.

How do I avail of this?

All traders need to apply for authorisation before applying for each special procedure(s) separately.

In the case of importing goods, traders can apply for the following authorisations:

In the case of exporting goods and then re-importing them, traders can apply to use outward processing, where you can apply to pay less duty.

Similar guidance is also available on Revenue’s website for traders importing or exporting goods to Ireland.

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