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Brexit Update – HMRC Trader Support Services for Northern Ireland


Centurion VAT has just received the following update from HMRC which we are passing on directly to our network:


The free-to-use Trader Support Service (TSS) is now live and ready to support businesses with the changes to Northern Ireland trade, which take effect on 1‌‌‌ ‌January 2021.

One of the changes you need to prepare for is the requirement to submit declarations.

Digital import declarations as well as safety and security declarations will be needed for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to ensure that:

  • tariffs are not paid on trade within the UK
  • Northern Ireland can benefit from UK Free Trade Agreements
  • goods destined for Ireland (i.e. the EU) pay tariffs when they should

You’ll be able to use the Trader Support Service to make these declarations.

It’s available to all traders, regardless of size, and is free to use act now to get your business ready.

To move goods to or from Northern Ireland from 1‌‌‌ ‌January 2021, you’ll need an EORI number that starts with XI. To get an EORI number that starts with XI, you must already have an EORI number that starts with GB. If you do not have one, apply for an EORI number that starts with GB as soon as possible.

To save yourself time and effort, sign up to the TSS before 23‌‌‌ ‌November 2020 and you’ll automatically be allocated an XI EORI.

If you do not sign up before 23‌‌‌ ‌November, you may have to make a separate application for an XI EORI.


Centurion will have another Get VAT Ready for Brexit session on Monday 30th November at 10am Any queries on this session please email

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