Financial Support Under the Windsor Framework and Extension of Movement Assistance Scheme
On 29 September 2023, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published an update on labelling funding for meeting Phase 1 (October 2023) requirements and the Movement Assistance Scheme.
If you export organic to Northern Ireland, please be aware that the government have extended support which can help cover certification costs associated with export. The government have also made new funding available to support additional labelling costs associated with export to NI.
Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) was developed in late 2020 to support traders moving agri-food commodities and live animals from GB to NI, who faced new requirements from 1 January 2021 under the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Scheme provides support to traders moving agri-food commodities and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and offers a remuneration scheme to cover traders’ certification costs, where they continue to apply. Scheduled to end in December 2023, MAS has been extended until 30 June 2025 and will continue to accept claims for reimbursement / waiving of qualifying costs incurred on movement of goods up to 30 June 2025.
The government are providing £50m extra support for business to prepare for new labelling rules as a part of the Windsor Framework. The Scheme will offer grants at a flat rate adjusted by business size for businesses that can evidence additional labelling costs.
Check the labelling guidance for more details.
More information on the labelling grant and on MAS can be found in the GOV.UK guidance.