Digital Assistance Scheme workshops

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Traders invited to participate in workshops to help design, develop and test systems developed by the Digital Assistance Scheme

The Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS) aims to support the continued movement of agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland by developing simplified, seamless, digital systems for the completion of the certification and verification processes required to move goods.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is now seeking traders of all kinds who move agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to participate in workshops to help design, develop and test these systems.

Workshop details

Each workshop is for businesses of one type, and you can select the workshop that best matches your characteristics or the way you currently move your goods.

The closing date to sign up is Friday 26 February 2021.

The five workshops are taking place on the following dates:

Workshop 1: Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme – Large companies

Thursday 11 March 2021 – 10:00 - 11:30

  • This is for retailers or large companies who move goods using a depot-to-depot (or equivalent) model.
  • Companies best suited to this workshop will have a complex supply chain that typically involves hundreds of suppliers.
  • The volume of this trade will result in companies producing a high number of certificates to support these movements and often multiple loads per day.
  • Companies are likely to use a mix of certificates due to the multiple product types involved in their loads.

Workshop 2: Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme – Consolidation centres and Hubs

Friday 12 March 2021 – 10:00 - 11:30

  • This is for retailers who use consolidation centres and hubs to transport their suppliers’ goods.
  • The volume of this trade results in companies producing a high number of certificates to support these movements (typically over 100 certificates per load and multiple loads per day).
  • Each retailer controls the movement of the full truck load.

Workshop 3: Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme - Sequential groupage/Hauliers

Monday 15 March 2021 – 10:00 - 11:30

  • This is for manufacturers/suppliers who own the goods and either control the transport or use a third-party logistics provider (haulier) to facilitate groupage in smaller volumes.
  • The supplier may be sending a number of pallets, rather than a full truck load.
  • This group also includes hauliers and other logistics companies which facilitate groupage.

Workshop 4: Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme - Smaller companies

Tuesday 16 March 2021 – 10:00 - 11:30

  • This is for companies with a relatively simple supply chain and a small product range and typically trade in smaller volumes (including moving live animals).
  • The type of trade involves a varied level and complexity of certificates depending on the type of goods being moved (such as composite goods).

Workshop 5: Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme - Manufacturers consolidating by product

Wednesday 17 March 2021 – 10:00 - 11:30

  • This is for agri-food manufacturers who own the goods and either control the transport or use a haulier to facilitate movement of their goods, typically via groupage models.
  • The complexity is typically driven by the variety of certificates in loads.