29 August 2023
Commenting on the announcement that the timeline for implementation of the Border Target Operating Model, which sets out a new model for importing goods into the UK from countries inside and outside the EU, has been delayed until 2024, Stuart Anderson, Head of Public Affairs at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) said:
“Businesses preparing for the initial implementation phase of the Windsor Framework on 1 October will breathe a sigh of relief that the timeframe for the GB Border Target Operating Model has been delayed until 2024.
“Whilst further details are required, Northern Ireland’s agrifood businesses will also welcome that additional protections are proposed to qualify for unfettered access to the GB market. Upholding the twin objectives of preserving barrier free access to GB whilst protecting the integrity of Northern Ireland’s world-renowned produce will be critical.
“It must also be acknowledged that many of the challenges in the implementation of post-Brexit trading arrangements to date have arisen due to a lack of clarity to enable business preparedness. For businesses trading in Northern Ireland, implementation of the Border Target Operating Model and its interaction with the Windsor Framework will require careful and timely engagement from Government.”