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GB importers or downstream users of qualifying NI goods registered under EU REACH by a business in Northern Ireland

This guidance is for Great Britain-based importers, or downstream users of, qualifying Northern Ireland goods (QNIGs) registered under EU REACH by a company based in Northern Ireland that want to maintain access to the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

For the duration of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland will remain part of EU regulatory systems for chemicals to ensure frictionless movement of goods within the island of Ireland, whilst remaining within the UK customs territory.

Northern Ireland businesses will retain their current EU REACH status and obligations allowing them to maintain current supply chains to the EU/EEA.

Northern Ireland notifications

A light touch notification system (known as ‘Northern Ireland notifications’) has been developed to facilitate ongoing GB market access for existing NI-based EU REACH registrations in respect of qualifying NI goods.

Northern Ireland notifications only apply to the import from Northern Ireland of QNIGs with a relevant connection to Northern Ireland, for example , substances, mixtures or articles that have been manufactured, formulated or produced in Northern Ireland.

Great Britain-based importers will be required to submit some information on the substances they import into Great Britain from Northern Ireland in quantities of a tonne or more. This information must be submitted within 300 days of the end of the transition period. Information required for a Northern Ireland Notification provides d etails of what must be submitted.

The notification and information can be submitted by either the GB importer or the NI supplier. Northern Ireland-based business wishing to do this should first inform your GB customer of your intentions.

Complete a Northern Ireland Notification

You can complete a Northern Ireland Notification by:

There will be no fees for the submission of a Northern Ireland notification. No registration will be needed where a Northern Ireland notification has been made.

Information required for a Northern Ireland notification

Imports of 1 to 10 tonnes from Northern Ireland

If the substance is being imported into Great Britain from Northern Ireland in quantities of between 1 to 10 tonnes per year the relevant business must supply:

10 tonnes or more

If the substance being imported into Great Britain from Northern Ireland is in quantities of 10 tonnes or more per year the relevant business must supply:

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020

Next review due: 31 December 2020

Updated: 2020-10-29