Online customs training to help Longford companies prepare for Brexit

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Online customs training to help companies prepare for Brexit

Online customs training to help companies prepare for Brexit

The Customs Insights course, which is being rolled out by the Government through Enterprise Ireland, was launched today, Monday, December 24.

This is a new online training support to help all businesses understand how customs works including the documentation and processes required to operate and succeed post Brexit.

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In the event of a hard Brexit, goods moving into and out of the UK would be under customs controls and would require customs documentations. For Irish companies selling into the UK, or importing from the UK, they may for the first time be required to deal with the various systems associated with customs.

The Customs Insights course explains in clear and simple terms the main customs rules and includes the key actions companies can take to prepare for customs after Brexit and the options from Revenue that are available to make the customs process more efficient.

Open to all businesses on www.prepareforbrexit.ie, the free online Customs Insights course takes 45 minutes to complete and covers both importing and exporting procedures.

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said: “The Government is focused on preparing SMEs for Brexit, building on the many measures we have already introduced, and responding to the evolving needs of business. We started this Strategy in 2017 with the introduction of a suite of measures and built on this with additional supports throughout 2018. I am once again stepping up our response to Brexit with free online customs training for all businesses delivered by Enterprise Ireland. The UK is our largest trading partner with 12,000 businesses exporting to the UK and 60,000 businesses importing from the UK annually. Businesses must prepare themselves in the event of a hard Brexit as full customs procedures will come into place whereby the UK will be recognised as a ‘third country’.”

Pat Breen TD, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, stated that, “The Government’s commitment to preparing the business community for Brexit is clear. Companies must prepare for all eventualities and we are making sure that we provide appropriate supports. Trade diversification is a vital strategy for any exporting firm seeking to minimise risks and to grow their business. While the Single Market will remain a major destination for Irish exporters, many firms will broaden their footprint to various third countries following Brexit. The Customs Insights course will assist those companies and small businesses to continue trading with Britain, while also preparing them for selling to other third country markets, such as the US, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, particularly as the EU expands its portfolio of Free Trade Agreements.”  

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said “Customs is a primary concern for Enterprise Ireland client companies with nearly two thirds (62%)* citing customs as having the biggest impact on their business. The Customs Insights course has been developed for Irish SME’s and is an integrated part of Enterprise Ireland’s Prepare for Brexit campaign to encourage SME’s to be fully prepared for all eventualities.

From the outset, we have been advising companies to prepare for a hard Brexit and have put supports in place to equip companies meet the challenges and opportunities arising from Brexit head on. The Customs Insights course can be accessed on prepareforbrexit.ie and is another highly practical tool to help companies break down the complexities around customs issues and pinpoint the areas that require immediate prioritisation and action.” 

The Enterprise Ireland Customs Insights course is available now on www.prepareforbrexit.ie