December 13th - EU-GB TRADE UPDATE FOR HAULIERS The UK Government postponed introducing phased import and custom controls until 2022. The first of the new UK import controls will take effect from January 1, with additional changes due on July 1, September 1 and November 1, 2022. Government has been asking businesses to examine their supply chains and ensure everyone is clear on their roles and responsibilities, including their UK customers.
In addition to customs changes, the agri-food products, pre-notification for EU food consignments will need to be carried out by a UK-based importer or UK based agent acting on their behalf using the UK’s Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed Systems (IPAFFS). More Info
December 13th -EU-UK certification of organic products
The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK will respect the equivalence of the organic rules that are in place in the UK until end 2023. It does not allow equivalence to be extended to the re-labelling or re-packaging of imported products.
November 29th - UK’s HMRC - Moving Goods from the EU to Great Britain
Business exporting to or through GB needs to be aware of these changes
This contains essential information for hauliers, intermediaries and drivers using the short straits to move goods from the EU to GB from 1 January 2022. Read Document Here
Press Release from the Department of Justice: Public consultation on reform of alcohol licensing Minister McEntee has launched a public consultation on reform of alcohol licensing laws, seeking views on issues such as opening hours, online and delivery sales, licensing processes, Nighclubs, late bars – Your views on reforms to build on practices adopted during Covid, such as outdoor dining. Read Full Press Release Here
UK SPS BORDER CONTROLS - The UK Government has issued an update on its new phased approach to import controls for products of animal origin and animal by-products from the European Union.
A six-page briefing note on this is available here and includes key dates with associated changes in requirements. It also includes a list of FAQs, resources and upcoming webinars on this subject.
November 17th - Brexit Import Controls Important information on Brexit import controls. Read more here
July 5th - EU-UK FTA Information - updated
EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement at July 2021 – contains valuable information on EU-Northern Ireland Trade Protocols – Rules on Certificates of Origin – Importing via the UK – Customs Advice & dates to be award.
A document covering customs formalities between the UK and EU since January 1, 2021 is available below. The document was produced by France in the context of France-UK trade but is in English and may be useful to those involved in trade with the UK. Open Doc Here
IRISH-GERMAN TRADE AFTER BREXIT
Zeit magazine in Germany recently profiled how German businesses are seeking to offer their Irish counterparts an EU alternative to British suppliers following Brexit (read translated article here).
If this could be of interest to your business, please contact the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
PBN User Guide and additional clarification on ENS Further guidance has issued in relation to the completion of Pre-Boarding notifications. It is important to ensure that the data held within the Import declaration and the Entry summary declaration are correct, this includes the arrival times entered on those declarations.
Requirements for AIS and AEP for the purpose of availing of the preference code 300 Please see eCustoms notification 036 2020: CLICK HERE This outlines the requirements for AIS and AEP for the purpose of availing of the preference code 300. If you are getting an error on an entry in relation to Preference code 300 please send us (email@example.com) the transaction id and Revenue will be able to investigate it for you.
From the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Information is available on the FSAI - SEE HERE
EU-UK FTA INFORMATION Chambers Ireland have put together an information sheet on EU-UK FTA. For further information regarding Certs of Origin, VAT and EU-NI Trade, download the document below: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
REVENUE UPDATE Guidance in relation to the Pre-Boarding notification
Revenue issued a press release this morning, Tuesday 5 January, with advice to hauliers and truck drivers moving goods from Great Britain (GB) into Irish ports.FULL DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE
A Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) user guide has been added to the website. This is availableVIA THIS LINK
Revenue has also set up a dedicated email support service to deal with all PBN related queries at customsPBN@revenue.ie
INFORMATION FROM REVENUE on the origin of comingled products
For non-preferential origin by the EU Union Customs Code Delegated Act Annex 22 01, the origin of comingled products is obtained using an inventory management system. This means some mixed products would be declared as of one country of origin while others would be declared as another country of origin in proportion to the total product from each country. Tariffs are paid accordingly. It will just go in as two line items instead of one.
The Brexit Readiness Checklist highlights some of the key actions that businesses can take to get ready for the changes Brexit will bring from 1 January 2021. The checklist includes links to the relevant Agencies who can provide the necessary guidance and support to businesses.
As one of our closest trading and business partners, this will mean change for all Irish businesses – regardless of location, size or sector.
There is no single approach to Getting Brexit Ready and there is uncertainty regarding what Brexit will mean in practice. However, there are 9 key steps that every business should review to see what actions they need to take to be as prepared as possible:
9 Key Steps to Review
Review your supply chain and UK market strategy
Understand the new rules for importing from or exporting to the UK
Be aware of possible changes to transport and logistics for goods transiting via the UK
Review all your regulation, licencing and certification requirements
Review your contracts and your data management
Manage your cash flow, currency and banking
Protect and inform your staff
Take advantage of Government Brexit programmes and supports
Know more about the impact on your sector
If you're worried about how Brexit will impact your business or simply want to find out more visit the following websites for the latest updates and resources.
Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot commented this morning on the UK's formal departure from the European Union taking place today.
"Today marks a very sad day for businesses in Ireland with the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU. Businesses will now hope for a comprehensive, ambitious series of agreements to underpin the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Throughout the Brexit referendum processes and subsequent negotiations we expressed our regret at the UK’s decision to leave the EU. However, it is with a sense of suspended disbelief that as the UK departs, businesses in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the rest of the EU have no idea what they now need to prepare for at the end of the transition period.
The unilateral dismissal by the British Government of the mutually agreed option in the Withdrawal Agreement to avail of a two-year extension to the transition agreement must also be taken seriously. As the negotiations for phase two now commence, the realisation of the compromises and concessions required to reach agreement on specific issues will become very real, very quickly and time is on nobody’s side. The cost to business, and the resulting impact on employment and taxes, of this ongoing uncertainty is unquantifiable.
The negotiation and ratification of a comprehensive and ambitious Free Trade Agreement will be a challenge, particularly as there is no precedent for this kind of negotiation where both the UK and the EU will be worse off, rather than better off, following the agreement of a deal.
In Ireland, the incoming Government must ensure that our interests are protected in this next round of negotiations. This will be best achieved by working with the Commission, and other Member States, to agree a negotiating position that supports and sustains a close trading relationship.
It is vital that an agreement facilitates the continuation of the incredibly strong relationship that exists between British and Irish businesses.
Cliff-hangers belong in serial dramas, not in the real economy. We continue to advise all businesses in Ireland to prepare for the possibility of a cliff edge exit on 31 December 2020 and also to engage with any companies in their supply chain either in, or with exposure to, the UK to ensure appropriate measures are being put in place."
For further information please contact Gabriel Doran, Communications & Media Executive on 01 400 4331, 086 608 1605 or email Gabriel.Doran@chambers.ie
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Regional Brexit Customs Briefing Series
Deal or no deal, if your business is importing or exporting goods – and intends to continue doing so into 2021 – there are vital steps you need to consider now to prepare for uncertain trading conditions in the new year. For context, Enterprise Ireland has launched new data on the degree of readiness of Irish businesses- with 40% yet to decide how to pay any customs charges, and 30% yet to identify who will manage customs procedures.
Ready for Customs
From the 1st January 2021 our trading relationship with the UK will change fundamentally. One of the most urgent issues facing Irish businesses is that exporting goods to or importing goods from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) will require a customs declaration. In the July Jobs Stimulus package, the Government announced that Enterprise Ireland will manage a new €20m fund to assist Irish business meet this challenge – the Ready for Customs grant. Read more visit
Applications are currently open. The application process will close when the €20m fund has been dispersed or on 15th December at 3pm, whichever is earlier.