The December Northern Ireland (NI) Protocol Command Paper set out HM Government’s intention to work with industry to introduce new, end-to-end digital systems that enable streamlined movement of agri-food goods in accordance with the Protocol.
During January, Defra and DAERA have worked with a broad range of industry partners to establish the challenges anticipated when the current three month easement on agri-food certification requirements ends; and the potential for digital solutions to be developed to help business address these challenges. In response to this feedback, Defra has established the Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS). DAS aims to support the continued movement of agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland by developing simplified, seamless, digital systems for the completion of the certification and verification processes required to move your goods.
DAERA are now seeking traders of all kinds who move agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to participate in workshops to help design, develop and test these systems. Participation aims to ensure they meet the needs of industry. DAERA aims to recognise your operating model, understand the issues you face, and use this as the building block for the digital systems we will be creating. Your active involvement will ensure these systems will work for business in the best possible way.
How you can take part
DAERA will be running a series of online workshops in March, at which Defra will share the findings from their initial work. They will use the workshops to gather your feedback and will use this information to build into the design of DAS. The workshops will be held via zoom and we will use them to validate and prioritise requirements.
These revised requirements will inform our work with technology partners to build the systems and tools to help you and your business.
The 90-minute workshops are open to any business which trades in agri-food goods and live animals from GB to NI.