Chemicals: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 28th September 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) guidance and (b) public information the Government has issued to businesses seeking to import more than one tonne of chemicals to Northern Ireland on the requirements they will need to implement from 1 January 2021.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

On 7 August, the Government set out on Gov.uk further guidance on moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol. This confirms that there will be no change for the movement of goods covered by the Protocol between Northern Ireland and EU Member States, and that the overall process for trading between Northern Ireland and non-EU countries will continue broadly as it does today.

The guidance also explains that businesses seeking to import chemicals into Northern Ireland from non-EU third countries or to move them from GB to Northern Ireland, at or above 1 tonne per year, will need to ensure that the importer in Northern Ireland or the EU holds a registration under EU REACH, or appoint an Only Representative in Northern Ireland or the EU as registrant for the substance. The guidance links to further information on registration.

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