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As the leading organisation committed to the professionalisation of export, import and customs procedures, the Institute of Export & International Trade regularly seeks the views of its members and the trade community on key market developments. 

New development

HM Government announced on Tuesday 17 May that it plans to publish legislation “in the coming weeks” to make unilateral changes to how the Northern Ireland Protocol is implemented in practice.

The protocol is a set of unique rules for trade between Great Britain and NI that formed part of the Withdrawal Agreement, designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Retaliatory measures

The European Union has signalled that it will respond to any UK government move to override parts of the protocol with retaliatory measures against UK trade.

Measures could include (see Q7 in the survey attached here):

  • Tariffs on your goods being exported to the EU 
  • Tariffs on goods you purchase from the EU 
  • Increased certification standards 

Please give us your views

We wish to gauge your opinion on how EU retaliatory trade measures might impact your business. Therefore, we would be grateful if you can take part by filling in this short questionnaire.

Your opinions would form part of our feedback to policy makers on how this uncertainty is affecting members and the wider trader community.

Anonymised responses

Any responses you provide will be anonymised before being aggregated for submission to HM Government (though we do ask you to identify yourself for verification purposes and so that we can enter you into a prize draw for Amazon vouchers).

We thank you for your contribution to this survey: together we can improve how we do business, with your input helping us represent the views of members and the international trade community to HM Government.