IT Company Fujitsu led a consortium and also won its contract. The contract aims to help the firms of Northern Ireland expand their reach and get the deals from the new Sea Border of Ireland.
For the smooth movement of the goods into the regions of Northern Ireland from across the UK, a vast expenditure amount of around 355 million Pounds might be required, as revealed by the sources. And, for the Brexit-related deal of Northern Ireland, the mentioned system seems to become a necessity for smooth and hassle-free working.
Sources also unveiled that from 1st January 2021 onwards, customer declarations will become compulsory for all the imported goods entering the borders of Northern Ireland and coming from the regions of Great Britain.
Additionally, TSS (Trader Support Service) will work towards the government’s assurance of custom payments. The agents of import and export businesses will benefit from this payment. Also, the required system will soon become freely accessible to the companies of Ireland.
The IT giant Fujitsu consortium gained an initial contract for two years with the acquisition of the contract. And apart from Fujitsu, the Consortium’s other members are Export and International Trade Institute, McKinsey, HGS, and the Consortium of Custom Clearance.
Previously, in the Brexit process’s initial stages, the IT firm also came up with a new concept of “the drive-through border,” It considered that an essential element that will use technology to reduce friction whenever any good crosses the land borders of Ireland. But, political events overtook the concept by signing an exclusive deal between the EU and the UK. And this deal specifies keeping a check on all the goods entering Ireland from other UK regions.
A government’s spokesperson specified: “The Trader Support Service will provide unprecedented support to all businesses engaging in new processes under the NI Protocol and its announcement has been warmly received by them. We have now completed the procurement process and have identified a bidder capable of delivering this service. We will now work with the successful candidate to ensure the successful delivery of this project.“
Brexit might mean something exclusive and beneficial for the traders, and thus they will first register and receive the available pieces of advice from the services. With this, the traders can learn about all the required information to collect about imported goods. Further, the TCS will use the acquired information to complete the declarations of imports on behalf of the registered companies.
There are more expectations too from the system to help prevent the firms’ burdens related to administrative actions and ensure a hassle-free working methodology for them.
Still, there are some issues that the system, too, cannot help to avoid when it comes to the GB-NI trade. Like, the imports of agri-food products from GB need to go through a complete and costly process of certification, which will continue until some better deals are signed with the EU.
During the negotiations with the EU, the UK government also suggested assuring a trusted and reliable trading system for the supermarkets for the movements of products from GB to IN.
There are still not many revelations about the details of the new process or the barriers implemented for the consumers of Northern Ireland regions who want access to the online buying of goods from GB suppliers. But, the sources unveiled that in the next few months, all the details will be available for a better understanding of the same.
Moreover, on 31st December 2020, with the ending of the transition period for Brexit, Northern Ireland will continue forward following all the rules specified by the EU for the manufactured and agricultural products and goods. But, other regions of the UK will get relief from the same. Other than Northern Ireland, all the different areas of the UK will leave the EU’s customs union.
With this, the latest checks and enhanced processes will pop up for the safety measures regarding the goods entering the regions of Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.