DAERA guidance on moving animals, plants, food and feed from GB to NI from 1 January 2021

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The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published guidance to help businesses understand the new procedures on moving animals, plants, food and feed from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

The Compliance Protocol guide from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) sets out new processes for retail goods. It also highlights how goods and products will move through Northern Ireland points of entry.

The information also sets out the measures that will be taken where non-compliance is detected and establishes a pathway to full compliance for retail goods, prohibited and restricted chilled meat products.

EU laws will continue to be applied to all animals, plants and food produced and marketed in Northern Ireland. DAERA's guidance aims to prevent or reduce harm to animal, plant and public health, plus help retailers and traders understand the new processes after the end of the transition period.

While some of the new processes will be phased in over time, many of the new requirements come into force on 1 January 2021.

For more information on how to prepare for the changes, read the full guide on Compliance protocol for sanitary & phytosanitary controls and point of entry marketing standards checks: GB to NI movements.