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Digital Assistance Scheme for movement of Agri-food goods from Great Britain to NI

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has established the Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS). DAS aims to support the continued movement of agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland by developing simplified, seamless, digital systems for the completion of the certification and verification processes required to move your goods.

They are now seeking traders of all kinds who move agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to participate in workshops to help design, develop and test these systems. Participation aims to ensure they meet the needs of industry.  Defra aim to recognise your operating model, understand the issues you face, and use this as the building block for the digital systems we will be creating. Your active involvement will ensure these systems will work for business in the best possible way.

Defra are running a series of online workshops in March to gather your feedback and will use this information to build into the design of DAS. The workshops will be held via zoom and will be used to validate and prioritise requirements.

These revised requirements will inform the work with technology partners to build the systems and tools to help you and your business.

The 90-minute workshops are open to any business which trades in agri-food goods and live animals from GB to NI.

The workshops will take place via zoom and are as follows. Simply click on the workshop you’d like to attend to be taken to the registration page where you can complete your registration information.

·         Workshop 1Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme – Large companies -Thursday, 11 March – 10-11.30am

·         Workshop 2Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme – Consolidation centres and Hubs - Friday, 12 March – 10-11.30am

·         Workshop 3Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme - Sequential groupage/ Hauliers - Monday, 15 March – 10-11.30am

·         Workshop 4Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme - Smaller companies - Tuesday, 16 March – 10-11.30am

·          Workshop 5Requirements for Digital Assistance Scheme - Manufacturers consolidating by product - Wednesday, 17 March – 10-11.30am

If you have any questions please email: DAS@defra.gov.uk

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