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Confusion: The new trade rules affecting shipping to and from NI need to be smoothed

Confusion: The new trade rules affecting shipping to and from NI need to be smoothed

Confusion: The new trade rules affecting shipping to and from NI need to be smoothed

Businesses are now slowly coming to terms with the new institutional arrangements for Northern Ireland coping with the protocol agreed between the UK and the European Union.

Already it is clear that in the coming months some of the rough edges of the new rulebook will need to be smoothed.

An early and unnecessary problem is the suggestion that, after a temporary exclusion, all goods sent or posted into Northern Ireland from Great Britain should require customs declarations and could be liable for duty, as if being imported into the EU.


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