The Irish Farmers Journal understands that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is today (Thursday 15 October) issuing a traders’ notice to all importers and exporters of secondhand/used machinery. New stringent requirements for the import and export of used machinery are set to come into play from 1 January 2021.

The change is driven by EU legislation where specific requirements for the trade of such used machinery between the EU and third countries (non-EU) must be implemented. From 1 January next, the UK will become a third country and these procedures will apply for the trade of used machinery between the EU and Britain.