Tuesday 2 February 2021

The rules on moving goods from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI) changed on 1 January 2021.

If you move sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) goods such as live animals, products of animal origin (POAO), high-risk food not of animal origin and plants and plant products from GB to NI you need to ensure you follow these rules and complete all required documentation, or your goods may delayed or even refused entry.

What you should do if moving goods to Northern Ireland
You MUST pre-notify the arrival of your consignment of SPS goods into Northern Ireland by completing a CHED (Common Health Entry Document) document using the TRACES-NT online system.

This needs to be completed 24 hours before your goods arrive in NI at your point of entry.

What is TRACES-NT?
TRACES-NT is the European Commission’s online notification system for moving agri-food goods into NI from GB. It formalises and facilitates the exchange of data, information and documents between trading parties and governments/import control authorities.TRACES-NT covers the notification of movement of live animals, animal products, food and feed not of animal origin, as well as plants and plant products from GB to a NI point of entry.

DAERA have published a step-by-step guide on how to get started and use TRACES-NT. This includes how to create a TRACES-NT account, how to login to the online system and how to create a CHED document.

More information
There is more information available to help you complete a CHED online and about TRACES-NT is detailed below.

Moving goods from GB into Northern Ireland – A guide to using TRACES NT
• Instructions for business pre-notifying the arrival of a consignment at a Northern Ireland Point of Entry
• Important information required on CHED Part 1 for GB to NI Movements from 1 January 2021
• Guidance on bringing Products of Animal Origin, Animal By-Products & Germplasm from GB to NI

If you have any questions about the information in this document, email traders@defra.gov.uk or for NI specific questions DAERABrexitCommunications@daera-ni.gov.uk.

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