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Trader Support Service: Hire Services

Question for Treasury

UIN 14016, tabled on 10 June 2021

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to improve the adequacy of the Trader Support Service system for vehicle rental and leasing businesses using the UK Trader Scheme to declare goods not at risk.

Answered on

15 June 2021

The Trader Support Service (TSS) has been established to provide education and guidance and to submit declarations on behalf of traders operating under the NI Protocol. This service is live, operating well and TSS is implementing improvements regularly based on customer feedback.

Alongside the TSS, the Government has introduced the UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) for authorised traders to be able to declare goods ‘not at risk’. In order to qualify for full authorisation for the UKTS, traders need to meet certain conditions, including that they are established in Northern Ireland. Where not established, they must have a fixed place of business in Northern Ireland, carry out their customs elsewhere in the UK and have an indirect customs representative (such as the TSS).

However, the Government has also introduced a temporary easement for traders who are not established in Northern Ireland, or who do not have a fixed place of business in Northern Ireland; the Government is aware that this is the case for some GB-based businesses providing vehicle rental and leasing services in Northern Ireland. The easement is designed to assist businesses while they make preparations to meet the full requirements in cases where the trader delivers to fixed places of business in Northern Ireland from where goods are sold to or used by end consumers in Northern Ireland. In order to be authorised for the UKTS until 1 November 2021, the trader must still carry out customs operations elsewhere in the UK and have an indirect customs representative established in Northern Ireland. Further guidance on the easement is available on GOV.UK. HMRC continue to work with businesses to improve this process based on their feedback.

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