Guidance

Movement Assistance Scheme: get help with moving agrifood goods to Northern Ireland

Get advice and help to meet new requirements if you're a trader, and understand how you can claim money back if you provide an inspection and certification service.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

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The Movement Assistance Scheme means that if you’re:

  • a trader moving agrifood goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, you do not need to pay for some inspections and certificates or some other costs you incur because of the Northern Ireland Protocol
  • an official veterinarian or other certifier, you must not charge for some inspections, certificates and some other costs, such as a scrapie test - you can invoice the government up to a set amount

The following types of goods are included in the Movement Assistance Scheme:

  • live animals and animal products
  • plants and plant products
  • some categories of high risk food and feed not of animal origin
  • organic products

The scheme will close at the end of December 2023.

Published 2 March 2021
Last updated 9 August 2021 + show all updates
  1. We've updated the guidance for traders and certifiers. Traders can receive financial support for the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) sample testing and certification costs required for all individual seed lots traded from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Exporters in Great Britain can receive financial support to meet new costs if they move organics to Northern Ireland only. Importers in Northern Ireland can also get financial support to meet new costs they incur to receive these goods from Great Britain.

  2. A trader moving agrifood goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland does not need to pay for some inspections and certificates or some other costs.

  3. Added that some categories of high risk food and feed not of animal origin as goods now included in the scheme.

  4. First published.