Since 1 January 2021, businesses moving certain agrifood products between GB and NI have been required to comply with new sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks and rules. This includes the requirement to complete Export Health and Phytosanitary Certificates for certain goods.

The government launched two schemes to support traders adapt to these new controls:

  • The Movement Assistance Scheme
  • The Digital Assistance Scheme

The Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) provides advice to businesses through a dedicated helpline and by reimbursing certain certification costs. For example, an official veterinarian approving your export health certificate is able to invoice the government for costs of up to £150+VAT per certificate.

The following types of goods are supported by the scheme:

  • live animals and animal products
  • plants and plant products
  • some categories of high-risk food and feed not of animal origin
  • organic products

For information about MAS, click here.

The Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS) provides a simplified end-to-end digital system which streamlines the certification and verification processes required for moving goods from GB to NI. Launched by DEFRA earlier this year, the scheme has recently been enhanced with a new API Developer Portal. For more information click here.