Multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer Tesco is reportedly set to make traders ship food to Northern Ireland through the Irish Sea on their own, as border checks have become a much more complex process. The retail firm is working towards changing as to how it delivers produce to its stores across Northern Ireland as soon as Brexit checks are launched in October.
UK officials are planning on unveiling phased border checks on food items in the Irish Sea from October. However, a sea border included in the deal has been the major practical challenge, with Northern Ireland having stayed part of the single market of the EU for goods, meanwhile the rest of the United Kingdom has left.
According to an article on newsorigins.com, Tesco has allegedly asked a few of its suppliers to begin delivering their own items from Great Britain into the Republic of Ireland. From there, the firm will take the supplies over the border into the Northern Ireland region.
It is in fact believed that these plans might be followed by other top grocers, who are looking to avoid any sort of delays and paperwork at the Irish Sea border. However, lobby groups of the suppliers have raised concern that they will be hit with additional costs because of the proposals.
A Tesco spokesman stated that through the Brexit transition period, Tesco has worked jointly with its suppliers and also provided a lot of support wherever possible, so as to reduce any potential interruption for consumers.