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BCC responds to investment for Northern Ireland traders

Posted: 10th August 2020

Responding to today’s announcements of £200m for a new Trader Support Service the BCC’s Director of Trade Facilitation Liam Smyth said:

“Whilst the funding announcement for the Trader Support Service is welcome, we need to remember that the GB/NI Border model impacts businesses on both sides of the Irish Sea.

“Customs controls that are implemented through electronic means are still controls.  For businesses to remain compliant they will have to upskill staff, implement new processes and invest scarce resources to be ready for the end of the transition period which is less than five months away.

“Until we know the outcome of the UK/EU negotiations, many questions will remain unanswered for businesses in the United Kingdom, and in particular in Northern Ireland where both the EU and UK customs rules will be applied, depending on the final destination of the goods.”

 

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