Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland



At the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021, the Northern Ireland Protocol ('the Protocol') will take effect.

The application of the Protocol will involve some changes for goods movements into Northern Ireland. Businesses will be able to move goods from Northern Ireland into the rest of the United Kingdom on the same basis as now. The end of the transition period will, however, mean some new arrangements for goods movements into Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Trade-in goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland will be unaffected. There will be no new customs infrastructure required in Northern Ireland.

This guide outlines the processes for those movements of goods into, out of and through Northern Ireland that will apply from the end of the transition period. In some cases, the position is the subject of ongoing consultation or consideration. Where that is the case, the relevant page makes clear where further guidance will be provided when it is available.