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NI’s Agriculture Minister has cited “practical difficulties” with the Northern Ireland Protocol in his decision to order a halt on construction of post-Brexit port inspection facilities.

According to Politico, acting DAERA Minister Gordon Lyons has also told NI ports not to levy charges on goods brought into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

However, the order issued yesterday (Friday 26 February) does not apply to checks at existing infrastructure repurposed for the new trade regime since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

Lyons’s party the DUP is currently mounting a legal challenge to the Northern Ireland Protocol, which places a de facto trade border in the Irish Sea between GB and NI.

Politico has more on the story HERE.

Produce arriving into Northern Ireland from Great Britain that fails Brexit checks will be sent back, according to Northern Ireland’s chief veterinary officer.

As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Robert Huey said an alternative option would be to destroy any goods that fail to comply with Irish Sea trading rules under the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is designed to maintain the open border on the island of Ireland.

“They can’t retrospectively provide me with certification or provide me with something else,” he warned traders. “If it’s non-compliant, it goes back.”

NI’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEARA) has this week published two guides to help people and businesses navigate the new procedures to follow when moving animals, plants, food and feed from GB to NI when the transition period ends.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Stormont heard in October that Brexit checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea would be “operationally effectives” from the new year even if customs facilities in port are noted on the ground.

Huey said that a short grace period from 1 January will allow businesses time to adjust to the new rules. But from 31 March, certification will be required for all animal food products.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

Published in Ports & Shipping

Brexit checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea should be “operational effective” on 1 January even if customs facilities at ports are not yet on the ground.

That was the message from a senior Stormont official who gave evidence to the Executive Office committee yesterday, Wednesday 21 October, as TheJournal.ie reports.

“If buildings aren’t fully complete then that doesn’t stand in the way of there being effective checks,” said Andrew McCormick, Stormont’s lead official on EU exit.

Extra checks will be required on animal-based products entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the EU is seeking to have 15 customs and veterinary staff working alongside UK officials at ports of entry to ensure the proper implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

However, officials warn that the new physical infrastructure needed will not be ready by the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.

TheJournal.ie has more on the story HERE.

Published in Ports & Shipping

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