Green tape: New NI protocol will be bureaucratic nightmare for UK exporters

Boris Johnson’s long-awaited alternative to the infamous Northern Ireland Backstop will create a mass of red tape, warns international delivery expert ParcelHero.

The UK Government’s eagerly-awaited alternative to the
Northern Ireland backstop has been published; but the international delivery
expert ParcelHero is warning the new
Northern Ireland Protocol represents a nightmare of red tape for exporters to
Northern Ireland (NI), and onwards to the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and the
rest of the EU.

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT
says: ‘Prime Minister Boris ‘Two Borders’ Johnson’s proposal for an ‘all island
regulatory zone’ will mean Northern Ireland will effectively remain in the EU’s
Single Market for goods. The Government says: ‘The introduction of a zone of
regulatory compliance across Northern Ireland and the EU would remove the need
for regulatory checks and related infrastructure at the border between Northern
Ireland and Ireland, while enabling the UK and EU to maintain their own
distinct customs regimes.’ But, in fact, the plan simply moves the red tape and
checks away from the Republic of Ireland border, further back downstream.’

Explains David: ‘Under the new plans traders moving goods
from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will need to notify the relevant
authorities before entering NI, in order to provide the necessary information
to undertake the appropriate checks, and, where appropriate, prevent the entry
of products prohibited or restricted by EU rules. The Government’s new plan
proposes a new notification requirement, covering:

a. the nature of the goods in the consignment, and where
they were produced;

b. the people sending (exporting) and receiving (importing)
the goods; and

c. where the goods will depart and arrive.

Says David: ‘This is obviously a tangle of new red tape
where none existed before.’

The plan also proposes all goods movements between Northern
Ireland and the ROI will be notified using a declaration; so that regulatory
checks will not have to apply. The plan makes some provision for small traders
and even suggests they ’should be exempted from processes and from paying duty
altogether.’ But David warns: ‘Such exceptions to the rules are unlikely to be
met with open arms by the EU.’

David added: ‘The new Northern Ireland Protocol also
proposes a Trusted Trader scheme. Eligible traders would have access to
benefits which make the customs process for goods moving from one territory to
another easier. The Government suggests authorities in both NI and the ROI
would commit to applying appropriate schemes, and could offer benefits to one
another’s authorised traders.  While the easing of red tape on small and
trusted traders would be helpful, there is absolutely no guarantee such
proposals would be workable in practice.

In the meantime what is proposed, far from meeting
Brexiteers’ promise of cutting red tape and expense, is an increase in
paperwork and checks. Far from being a frictionless border, there’s no doubt
many businesses will find it rather chaffing.’

For more information on how unfolding Brexit
plans are putting increasing pressure on UK businesses see:

Source: Courier News

Green tape: New NI protocol will be bureaucratic nightmare for UK exporters

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