The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and will remain in a transition period until 31 December 2020.

Northern Ireland Protocol

Northern Ireland Protocol document The Northern Ireland Protocol sets out the legal framework for Northern Ireland’s exit from the EU and provides that, post transition, while the whole of the UK will leave the Customs Union, Northern Ireland will continue to align with EU Regulations on goods and customs.

Under the Protocol, Northern Ireland will, in effect, be required to maintain regulatory alignment with the EU on the application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures. Following the end of the transition period, EU food law, including marketing standards, will also continue to apply to all food produced and marketed in Northern Ireland.

DAERA and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland (FSA NI) are the central competent authorities (CCAs) for the regulation of imports that will be subject to SPS checks in Northern Ireland under the relevant EU legislation and, as such, fulfil a legislative and policy making role and are responsible for designating competent authorities to perform official controls that verify that imports entering Northern Ireland comply with the requirements of EU law.

At the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, Northern Ireland will apply SPS and other EU measures such as Marketing Standards and IUU Catch Certificates that meet the requirements set out in the Protocol.

Compliance Protocol

Prior to the end of the Transition period DAERA developed a Compliance Protocol to help businesses navigate the new procedures in place from 1 January 2021.  This Protocol is currently being updated and the updated version will be published here shortly. 

You can get updates on when content is added to the website by joining the new DAERA EU Exit text alert service by simply texting DAERAEUExitNews to 67300.


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