NI / ROW / UK / EU Triangular Trade - Fresh Produce and Cut Flowers Requirements from 15th January 2024

From 15 January 2024, the existing arrangements for ‘Triangular Trade’ of products into NI will end, and the following will come into effect*:

*The following products will be added to the list of eligible ‘Rest of the World’ goods able to travel under the NIRMS. These goods are:

- Fruit: Lychee, Dragon fruit, Figs

- Cut Flowers: Chrysanthemum, Lilies, Roses, Carnations, Alstroemeria, Tulips, Sunflowers, Gypsophila, Protea, Brassica

- Cut Herbs: Chives, Lemongrass, Tarragon, Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Mint, Coriander, Rosemary, Turmeric, Sage, Basil

- From mid-January, any ‘Rest of World’ goods that are NOT included on this list will be ineligible to travel under the NIRMS, unless they are:

- Products produced in the EU or travelling through EU BCPs before moving to GB;

- Products which don’t require any certification or controls, such as nuts and seeds;

- Any citrus originating from ROW will not be allowed to enter NI through the NIRMS from 5 Jan (including 5 Jan itself). This provides traders a 4 week notice period to stop this type of movement, recognising that some of these goods will be in transit already. There are of course other available options for moving citrus to NI, including:

-- Sourcing citrus from the EU;

-- Sourcing citrus via EU BCPs;

-- Importing citrus directly into RoI or NI;

-- Importing citrus into GB with a phytosanitary certificate attesting to EU import requirements being met, then re-exporting them into NI.

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