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New Guidance on the Windsor Framework

By Jonathan Kittow on 04/08/23 13:48 |


The UK government has recently released further information on the Windsor Framework. The new guidance outlines the Northern Ireland Retail Movement Scheme (NIRMS), the new system for moving prepacked retail goods from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to Northern Ireland.
It is essential for suppliers to prepare form NIRMS as the scheme is scheduled to start on 1st October 2023 and WILL REPLACE the current Scheme for Temporary Agrifood Movements into Northern Ireland (STAMNI).

UK public health and consumer protection standards will apply for all retail food and drink moving to Northern Ireland through the scheme, including rules on:

  • public health
  • fisheries
  • marketing
  • organics
  • labelling
  • genetic modification
  • drinks such as wines, spirits and mineral waters

Where relevant, these goods will still need to meet EU standards on animal and plant health.

The new framework will use a system of green and red lanes. Goods intended to remain in Northern Ireland will go through the green lane, requiring minimal checks and avoiding extensive and costly certification and assurance processes. The red lane will be used for goods not qualifying under the NIRMS, due for onward transport into the EU single market over the Irish border.

To avoid onward movements of goods into the EU, 'Not for EU' Case-level labels will need to be applied to all products, unless distributed in sealed containers (roll cages etc.) direct to store. Product labels will be introduced on a phased basis, beginning in October 2023 and concluding in July 2025..


The updates contained further guidance on how to register and seal consignments for NIRMS. Businesses can pre-register for the scheme between July 31st and August 24th. Full online registration will launch on September 1st. The business sending the consignment in Great Britain and the business receiving the consignment in Northern Ireland need to be registered for the scheme.

NIRMS: Groupage and Mixed Load Consignments

The new guidance also clarifies how groupage freight will be treated under the scheme.

If a grouped load contains both goods that comply with the NIRMS and those that are ineligible, the lorry as a whole cannot benefit from all the facilitations under the NIRMS. However, the goods that do comply can still benefit from using one general certificate, instead of requiring separate health certificates for each product.

 While this guidance offers further clarification, the full extent of the implications of the framework remain unclear for many.

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See full published government guidance here: