Application for Authorisation to bring goods into Northern Ireland for end consumers
(referred to in Article 9 of the Decision)
- Supporting documents
Mandatory supporting documents and information to be provided by all applicants: Document of establishment / proof of a permanent business establishment
- Other supporting documents and information to be provided by the applicant:
Any other supporting document or information that is considered relevant for checking the applicant’s compliance with the conditions referred to in Articles 10 and 11 of this Decision.
Provide information on the type and, if applicable, the identification number and/or the date of issue of the supporting document(s) attached to the application. Indicate also the total number of the documents attached.
- Date and signature of the applicant
Applications made by using an electronic data processing technique shall be authenticated by the person who lodges the application.
Date on which the applicant has signed or otherwise authenticated the application. Details of the applicant
The applicant is the person who applies to the customs authorities for a decision. Enter the name and address of the person concerned.
- Applicant identification number
The applicant is the person who applies to the customs authorities for a decision.
Enter the Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI number), of the person concerned, as provided for in Article 1(18) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446(7).
- Legal status of the applicant
The legal status as mentioned in the document of establishment.
- VAT identification number(s)
Where assigned, enter the VAT identification number.
- Business activities
Enter information on the business activity of the applicant. Please describe briefly your commercial activity and state your role in the supply chain (e.g. manufacturer of goods, importer, retailer, etc.). Please describe:
- the intended use of the imported goods, including a description of the type of goods and whether they undergo any type of processing.
- an estimation on the number of customs declarations for release for free circulation for the goods concerned to be made per year.
- the type of records, systems and controls put in place to support the undertaking in Article 10(b).
- Annual turnover
For the purposes of Article 6 of the Decision, enter the annual turnover for the most recent complete financial year. If a newly established business, provide such records and information as relevant to enable an assessment of anticipated turnover e.g. latest cash flow, balance sheet and profit and loss forecasts, approved by the directors/partners/sole proprietor.
- Contact person responsible for the application
The contact person shall be responsible for keeping contact with customs as regards the application.
Enter the contact person’s name and any of the following: telephone number, e-mail address (preferably of a functional mailbox)
- Person in charge of the applicant company or exercising control over its management
For the purposes of Article 11(b) of the Decision, enter the name(s) and full details of the person(s) concerned according to the legal establishment/form of the applicant company, in particular: director/manager of the company and board directors if any. Details should include: full name and address, and date of birth and National Identification Number.
Dates, times, periods and places
- Date of establishment
With numbers – the day, month and year of establishment.
- Address of establishment / address of residence
The full address of the place where the person is established/resides, including the identifier of the country or territory.
- Place where records are kept
Enter full address of the location(s) where the applicant’s records are kept or intended to be kept. The UN/LOCODE may replace the address, if it provides an unambiguous identification of the location concerned.
- Place(s) of processing or use
Please indicate the address of the place(s) where the goods will be processed, where applicable, and sold to the end consumers.
Explanation of conditions referred to in Article 11
This Annex is an explanation of the conditions in Article 11 and does not change (either constrain or expand) those conditions.
- The criterion laid down in Article 11(1)(b) of this Decision shall be considered to be fulfilled if:
- there is no decision taken by an administrative or judicial authority concluding that one of the persons described in point (b) has committed, within three years prior to the application, a serious infringement or repeated infringements of customs legislation or taxation rules in relation to their economic activity; and
- none of the following persons has a record of serious criminal offence in relation to their economic activity and, where applicable, the applicant’s economic activity:
the employee(s) including any direct representative(s) in charge of the applicant’s administration related to the movement of goods under this scheme,
the person(s) in charge of the applicant or exercising control over its management, and
a person acting in their own name and on behalf of the applicant in relation to movement of goods under this scheme.
- The criterion may nevertheless be considered to be fulfilled where the competent authority considers any infringement to be of minor importance, in relation to the number or size of the related operations, and the competent authority has no doubt as to the good faith of the applicant.
- Where the person referred to in paragraph 1(b)(iii), other than the applicant is established or has their residence outside the UK, the competent authority shall assess the fulfilment of the criterion referred to on the basis of the records and information that are available to it.
- Where the applicant has been established for less than 3 years, the competent authority shall assess the fulfilment of the criterion as regards the applicant on the basis of the records and information that are available to it.
The criterion laid down in Article 11(1)(c) of this Decision shall be considered to be fulfilled if:
- The applicant has an administrative organisation and internal controls which correspond to the type and size of business, and which is suitable for the management of the flow of goods. Applicants must have internal controls capable of preventing, detecting and correcting errors and of preventing and detecting illegal activities within their organisation.
- The applicant should demonstrate adequate record keeping in relation to the movement of goods under this scheme. Procedures for protection against loss of information and archiving procedures with respect to keeping of historical records should be demonstrated including the assessment, back-up and protection of records for five years.
- The management of records should be consistent with the accounting principles applied in the UK.
- Records on goods movements into Northern Ireland should either be integrated in the accounting system or, when held separately, there should be a possibility to allow for cross checks between records relating to purchases, sales, stock control and movement of goods.
- The authorised trader shall provide the competent authority with electronic and/or physical access, upon request, to the records referred to in point 8 in a suitable format.
- The authorised trader is obliged to inform the competent UK authorities whenever compliance difficulties are discovered as well as any factor arising after the decision to grant the authorised trader status which might influence its continuation or content. Internal instructions should be in place to ensure that relevant staff are aware of how to inform the competent authority of such compliance difficulties.
- Where authorised traders are handling prohibited and restricted goods, there should be appropriate procedures in place for the handling of those goods in accordance with relevant
- An authorised trader needs to have evidence relating to their customers to ensure that they can make accurate assessments in respect of goods moved under this Measures must be in place to ensure that any goods moved under this scheme are only to be sold or used if in accordance with this Joint Committee Decision. The authorised trader will be obliged to maintain an ongoing understanding of the business operations of new and existing clients, sufficient to ensure compliance with the criteria laid down for a trusted trader in this Joint Committee Decision. The following are examples of scenarios in which an authorised trader who is not responsible for the end destination of the goods could move goods under the scheme:
a written and signed declaration from the customer stating that the goods will remain in Northern Ireland;
evidence that the customer only makes retail sales for final use or end-consumption in the UK from a physical outlet in Northern Ireland;
evidence that the customer only sells goods that will be for final use by end-consumers in the UK and are delivered within the UK;
commercial contracts and purchase orders showing that goods will be for final use in the UK;
evidence that the sale is of a good to be permanently installed within the UK
The criterion laid down in Article 11(1)(d) of this Decision shall be considered to be fulfilled where the competent authority checks that the applicant complies in particular with the following:
- the applicant is not subject to bankruptcy proceedings;
- during the last 3 years preceding the submission of the application, the applicant has fulfilled their financial obligations regarding payments of customs duties and all other duties, taxes or charges which are collected on or in connection with the import or export of goods;
- the applicant demonstrates on the basis of the records and information available for the last 3 years preceding the submission of the application that they have sufficient financial standing to meet their obligations and fulfil their commitments having regard to the type and volume of the business activity.
- If the applicant has been established for less than 3 years, their financial solvency shall be checked on the basis of records and information that are available.
The criterion laid down in Article 11(1)(e) of this Decision shall be considered to be fulfilled if:
- The applicant or the person in charge of the applicant’s administration related to the movement of goods under this scheme should be able to show a clear understanding of, and how to comply with, their obligations in relation to these criteria and must display sufficient competence in providing accurate information to the competent authority in relation to these obligations and applicable procedures.