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The UK Internal Market Scheme is a scheme that will allow traders moving goods from Britain to Northern Ireland to declare that the commodities are not at risk of being transported to the EU. Under the Windsor Framework, it will replace the UK Trader Scheme on September 30, 2023. The initiative is part of the UK Internal Market Act, which attempts to minimise internal trade barriers across the UK's four constituent countries.

On September 30, 2023, a webinar was held to outline the new UK Internal Market Scheme (UKIMS), which would replace the UK Trader Scheme (UKTS). Businesses are advised to act by July 31, 2023, to assure their enrolment onto the new plan.

Businesses having GB addresses and an XI Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number issued before to September 2021 must clarify whether they have a permanent business establishment in Northern Ireland (NI) or whether they still need their XI EORI number for particular customs purposes. The response deadline has been extended until June 30, 2023. HMRC will remove XI EORI numbers for those who no longer require them.

Businesses must have an XI EORI number or an EU EORI number to be listed as the 'declarant' on import or export declarations in Northern Ireland (NI) or an EU country. However, businesses without an EORI number can still transport goods to and from NI if they employ an 'indirect representative' based in NI or the EU. Businesses without a permanent establishment in NI can use an XI EORI number for activities such as:

  • Making customs declarations for transit or temporary admission,

  • Applying for customs decisions,

  • Submitting entry or exit summary declarations for safety and security purposes,

  • Making temporary storage declarations,

  • Obtaining guarantees for temporary admission or re-export declarations,

  • Acting as carriers for transporting goods by sea, air, or inland waterways,

  • Receiving notifications and declarations through direct online connections to the customs system as carriers,

  • And making declarations under the transit procedure as pre-departure declarations or substitutes for entry summary declarations.

How can we help?

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce provides Custom Clearance services, in which our expert customs team assist exporters and importers in Greater Manchester and beyond with successfully managing customs regulations. Offering services such as clearance, consulting, and training to assist firms in navigating the international shipping procedure. Furthermore, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce provides export and import documentation services such as certification, legalisation, and apostille services for various documents such as Certificates of Origin, EUR1s Movement Certificates, ATA Carnets, Import Certificates, and more.

Additionally, we provide training on Custom Declarations to allow members and non-members of the GMCC to understand the new replacement of the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system with the new Customs Declarations Service (CDS).


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