Policymakers in the United Kingdom promised a £355 million pledge for a system that will enable the trade of goods from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI). The creation of the scheme is due to the Northern Irish portion of the Brexit agreement. Known as the Trade Support Service (TSS), this system would let policymakers serve as customs agents for enterprises.
Trade Support Service
On 7th August, Michael Give released details on the new program. He outlines that it would be of no cost for companies to utilize starting from September.
When traders register with the system, they will receive info on Brexit’s effect on their enterprise. Businesses will have all the information on any additional details they need for the products they want to import.
The TSS will utilize this knowledge to complete the declarations of importing firms.
Explaining the service, he outlined:
Enterprises would have assured unrestricted entry to the rest of the UK. But we want to be sure there’s no border infrastructure on the island of Ireland.
Northern Ireland companies will also have access to the single European marketplace.
People hope that the service would reduce a logistical burden on companies.
Brandon Lewis, NI Secretary, explained that the TSS would mean companies of any size will have procedures involving importing goods handled in their name, at zero cost.
While this service indicates improvement, there are still some difficulties in the trade between GB and NI. Any agricultural food products brought in from Britain will need to undergo a certification procedure that will be costly.
The policymakers in the United Kingdom introduced a ‘trusted trader’ scheme. The trader scheme refers to supermarkets when shipping their goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
Arlene Foster, PM of Northern Ireland, said that the service needs more explanation, but the European Union can be versatile for solving any issues and providing assurance.
Investments in Tech
The policymakers pledged £50 million for the first step of the project, with the remaining part of the deal costing up to £200 million. Another £155 million will be required for tech investment to streamline the new procedures.