Guidance on avoiding Northern Ireland hard border

Says the UK government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, including no customs requirements for nearly all goods

Document title: EU Exit: Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario

Summary: Says the UK government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, including no customs requirements for nearly all goods. Would only apply small number of measures to comply with international legal obligations and to protect biosecurity. Products requiring electronic notifications would include ozone depleting substances, F-gases and dangerous chemicals. Animals and animal products from countries outside the EU would need to enter Northern Ireland through a Border Inspection Post, while high risk plant material entering Northern Ireland from the EU would require a phytosanitary certificate and pre-notification.

Date: 13 March 2019

Update: 22 March 2019

Document type: Guidance

Further reading: ENDS analysis

Published by: Cabinet Office, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland Office, and HM Revenue & Customs

Sector: Trade

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