Brexit Trader Support Service – more information

Sep 07, 2020

Last month we told you about the Brexit Trader Support Service which HMRC and the Government announced when it published further guidance for businesses on the Northern Ireland Protocol last month. The service is expected to launch in late September once the tender process has been completed.

In the meantime, traders who wish use the service can sign up for further information. Signing up now does not commit a business to using the service but will mean, once the tendering process is completed, that interested businesses can be quickly contacted.

According to HMRC, the guidance underlines the UK’s commitment to “unfettered access for NI goods to the rest of the UK, and to minimising burdens on business”. The Trader Support Service is being designed to provide an end-to-end service which will guide traders through all import processes at no additional cost. This is a unique intervention, backed by £200 million in Government funding and is designed to ensure that businesses of all sizes can draw on the support it provides.

More information has been received from HMRC as follows:-

  • The Trader Support Service (“TSS”) is a free service, available to all traders moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and importing goods into Northern Ireland from the rest of the world;
  • Initially traders will be able to register with the service and receive support and guidance on what the Protocol means for them. This will include the steps they need to take to comply with them;
  • Traders will also be supported to understand the information they will need to collect about their goods, including their description, value and any supporting documentation required;
  • The service will then use this information to complete import and safety and security declarations on behalf of traders. Where a trader uses the TSS to complete these they will not need to access HMRC systems, such as CDS or ICS, themselves; and
  • For traders who already engage with customs systems, or who wish to undertake any necessary procedures separately, guidance on the requirements are detailed further in the guidance.