It comes as welcome news to traders who import goods, that they will be able to reclaim the tariffs paid on some of these goods, in a new scheme which will start operating by the end of this month. The tariffs were applied to goods which the authorities classified as at risk of moving into a part of the European Union via Northern Ireland.
Traders Will Need To Produce Evidence On Where The Goods Were Sold Or Used
But the revised deal for Brexit, commonly known as the Windsor Framework, has opened up the opportunity for importers to get reimbursed, providing they can prove that the goods they were trading were sold or used in Northern Ireland, moved elsewhere within the UK or exported outside of the UK or EU. This will more than likely include such things as sales invoices and export declarations.
Guidance On The Windsor Framework
There is also new information that has been published by the Government on how the Windsor Framework is going to operate for businesses. Here is what an article on the BBC News website says about how the new framework will operate:
“The new deal should reduce the frictions on GB-to-NI trade, primarily by expanding a trusted trader scheme and introducing a system of green lanes and red lanes. at Northern Ireland ports.
“Checks and controls on GB food products entering Northern Ireland were some of the biggest practical difficulties with the original protocol deal.
“A more detailed timetable for the implementation of new labelling arrangements has also been issued.
“Not for EU” labelling will be required on British food products sold throughout the UK as a result of the Windsor Framework.
“Under the Windsor Framework, UK public health and safety standards will apply for all retail food and drink sold in the UK internal market.
“That means UK traders who send food for sale in Northern Ireland will face no routine checks and minimal paperwork.
“On the other hand the introduction of “Not for EU” labels on GB food products give a level of assurance to the EU that products will not wrongly enter its single market.”
The Windsor Framework will certainly be a help to companies as they go about their daily business, meaning there will be less paperwork for them to provide and less expense too, which can only be a good thing. It’s certainly not perfect but then again it would be probably impossible to put together some framework that would be absolutely ideal for all sides.