Farmers urged to register for TSS
If registration is done before 23 November 2020, this will be an automatic process but if this is done later, a separate application will be required.
The TSS will guide them through the changes and will provide farm businesses with a business registration number needed to transport goods from 1 January 2021 with the implementation of the NI Protocol.
UFU president Victor Chestnutt said: “The New Year is fast approaching and changes will be put in place from 1 January, affecting the way goods move between GB and NI and also those being brought into NI from outside the UK. Goods can include something as simple as ordering a second-hand tractor part from England or buying a bull from Scotland, purchases that can be very regular for some farmers.
“It is essential that our members who transport goods across the water or do so on another’s behalf, sign up for the free TSS.”
“It will provide them with a necessary business registration number needed to transport goods, will explain all the changes that come into effect with the implementation of the NI Protocol and the service can complete declarations on your behalf.
“I urge our farmers to act now to give themselves time to prepare and get their farm businesses ready for the inevitable changes that lie ahead. If they fail to sign up to the TSS, this could cause serious issues for the daily running of their business as they may not be able to move essential goods into NI.”
A Union source confirmed that the TSS requirement will remain mandatory, irrespective of whatever trade deal is arrived at between the UK and EU over the coming weeks, adding: “There is a very strong trade in breeding stock from Scotland to Northern Ireland. If, for sake of discussion, a haulier was contracted to bring across stock purchased at a future Perth bull sale on behalf of a group of local farmers, the lorry would be prevented from leaving Scotland if it turned out that not all the farmers involved were TSS registered.”
The UFU will be running a meeting on Monday 16 November at 7pm to explain the TSS. To register visit the following link, https://www.ufuni.org/events/trader-support-services-webinar.