How to prepare for Brexit

How to Prepare for Brexit

 

On 1 January 2021, the UK left the EU and will no longer apply the rules of the Single Market and Customs Union. This means that any business, regardless of size, who moves goods from, to or through Great Britain will be subject to a range of new customs formalities and other regulatory requirements.

It is important to note that these changes will not apply with respect to trade in goods between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland will apply from 1 January and provides that the Union Customs Code will continue to apply to and in Northern Ireland.

 

Stay Up to Date

 

 

Readiness Action Plan

The Brexit Readiness Action Plan sets out the steps that businesses and individuals should consider in order to be ready for Brexit. Click HERE for further information.

 

Brexit and Business

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/de6c1-brexit-and-business/

 

Brexit and You

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/cb794c-brexit-and-you/

 

Brexit and You: Northern Ireland

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/060fdf-northern-ireland/

 

 

Take Action

 

Follow these steps to get your Business Brexit Ready:

  1. Understand the new rules for trading with the UK
  2. Review your supply chain
  3. Be aware of possible changes to transport and logistics
  4. Using the UK Landbridge
  5. Ensure you are maximising Government Brexit Advisory, Financial and Upskilling Supports
  6. Review all your certification, regulation and licencing
  7. review your contracts and data management
  8. manage your cash flow, currency and make sure your banking is in order
  9. protect and inform your staff

 

Check List 

 

Brexit Readiness Checklist

 

The Brexit Readiness Checklist highlights some of the key actions that businesses can take to get ready for the changes Brexit will bring. The checklist includes links to the relevant agencies who can provide the necessary guidance and support to businesses. Click Here to access the Brexit Readiness Checklist.

 

Top 20 FAQ about Brexit

 

Click Here for the top 20 most frequently asked questions and answers about Brexit.

 

 Brexit Readiness Checker

 

Six Steps to Preparing your Business

 

Brexit will affect all companies, big and small, moving goods to, from or through the UK, excluding Northern Ireland. If you don’t take steps to prepare, your trade will be disrupted from January 1st. Further details are available in the government’s Brexit Readiness Action Plan.

The Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland means that separate arrangements apply on the island of Ireland and no new checks or controls will apply to goods moving between Ireland and Northern Ireland in either direction.

 

Step 1: Customs

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/4cc1a-step-1-customs/

 

Step 2: Other Controls

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ea6ed-step-2-other-controls/

 

Step 3: Product Compliance

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/9be0d-step-3-product-compliance/

 

Step 4: Supply Chain

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/f29a3-step-4-supply-chain/

 

Step 5: Financial Management

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b736f-step-5-financial-management/

 

Step 6: Other Considerations

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/abcc1-step-6-other-considerations/

 

Contacts and Supports

 

Brexit – If you need to call

 

For situations requiring urgent and immediate assistance, Government departments and agencies have put in place a number of resources to assist business and citizens for the critical days ahead. A full list of relevant Government services is available here.

 

 

              Area

 

     Opening Hours

      Contact Details

 

HSE schemes & services / European Health Insurance Card / General health service queries

 

Tel: 1850 241 850 (LoCall) Tel: 01 240 8787 Email: hselive@hse.ie Twitter: @HSELive Mon to Fri: 8 am – 8 pm : Sat: 10 am – 5pm
 

Purchasing from the UK / Online Shopping / Personal finance, insurance and banking

 

Tel: 1890 432 432 (LoCall) 01 402 5555 (Competition and Consumer Protection Commission) Mon to Fri: 9 am – 6 pm
 

Social welfare payments

 

 

 

 

Tel: 1890 662 244 (LoCall) Tel: 071 919 3302 (Department of Social Protection) Mon to Fri: 9 am – 5 pm
 

UK driver licence information

 

Tel: 076 108 7880 (National Driving Licence Service) Mon to Fri: 8am -6pm: Sat 9am-1pm
 

Financial Services Information / Financial Regulation / Authorisation of financial services firms queries

 

Tel: 1890 777 777 (LoCall) Tel: 01 224 5800 (Central Bank) Mon to Fri: 9 am – 5 pm
 

General enquiries: Travel / Passports / Social welfare payments and entitlements / Visas / Family law

 

Tel: 076 107 4000 (Contact Citizens Information Board) Mon to Fri: 9 am – 8 pm

 

 

The Department of Finance phone line

+353 76 100 7500 and is operational from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Revenue  Customs Helpline

 

  • Customs Clearance
  • Import/Export/Transit controls
  • Customs controls on items shipped using An Post
  • Movements of goods which have a declaration reference number i.e. A Master Reference Number (MRN)
  • General Customs queries.

This helpline can be contacted on +353 1 738 3685 and is operating 24/7.

 

The Central Bank of Ireland can address queries regarding:

 

  • Preparedness of financial services – insurance, banking
  • Financial regulation
  • Authorisation of financial services firms

       The Central Bank of Ireland can be contacted as follows:

       Public Contacts Unit – 1890 777 777 or enquiries@centralbank.ie

       Media Queries – media@centralbank.ie

 

Brexit and Business

 

Government have made available a range of business supports, including advisory, financial and upskilling supports to prepare for Brexit.

 

Financial Supports

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b1efec-programmes-funds-and-supports/#financial-supports

 

Upskilling Supports

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b1efec-programmes-funds-and-supports/#upskilling-supports

 

Advisory Supports

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b1efec-programmes-funds-and-supports/#getting-advice

 

Small Business Supports

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Portal/Discover-Business-Supports/Brexit/2020-LEO-Brexit-Services-Booklet-Oct-Interactive-pdf.pdf

 

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Brexit/

 

Agrifood and Fisheries

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/93d1b1-agriculture-fisheries/

 

Retail

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b484fa-retail/

 

https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/31c7c-cabinet-agrees-amendment-to-brexit-bill-2020-to-deal-with-vat-retail-export-scheme-to-support-retailers-donohoe/

 

Healthcare, Medicines & Medical Products

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b2f783-healthcare-medicines-medical-products/

 

Tourism

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/369873-tourism/

 

Construction

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/c8452f-construction/

 

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/9a771-brexit-construction-products-regulation/

 

Register for customs

 

If you move goods to, from or through Great Britain (GB), after the transition period you need to register for Customs. You can do this by getting an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

From 1 January 2021, Northern Ireland traders will be considered as traders established in the customs territory of the European Union. In relation to current Northern Ireland EORI numbers, it is envisaged that a new County code of ‘XI’ will replace ‘GB’ from 1 January 2021.

 

Decide who will submit your customs declarations

 

Customs formalities will apply after the transition period when trading in goods with GB. This means you will have to submit customs declarations. You, or an agent acting on your behalf, must have the facility to lodge electronic customs declarations to Revenue.

 

Know the key data required for a customs declaration

 

Commodity code

This code is determined by your specific product. It is used to determine the import duties you will be liable to pay. It is important you have your products correctly classified.

 

Customs value of your goods

The customs value of your goods must be entered on your customs declaration. It is made up of the invoice price plus the cost of transport and insurance.

 

Origin of your goods

You need to know where the product you are importing originates from. The country of origin of the goods is used to determine the amount of duty payable. This information should be provided by your supplier.

See Brexit effects – free trade agreement for information concerning possible effects of Brexit on trade under free trade agreements.

Note – The country of origin may not be the same country that you are importing from.

These are some of the key data you will need for a customs declaration. You should ensure you are familiar with the other information you will need. You will find further information in:

 

 

You may need to provide supplementary documentation to support your declaration

 

You may be asked to provide any of the following, depending on your type of products:

  • commercial invoice
  • bill of lading or airway bill
  • packing list
  • veterinary or plant health certificates
  • licences.

Making payments

 

Once you have completed your EORI customs registration you will be automatically assigned a Trader Account Number (TAN). This is a secure channel through which you can make payments, for example pay import duties. You will find further information in payment methods.

  • Cash – To lodge credit to this account you must transfer funds from your bank account to Revenue’s bank account.
  • Deferred – A deferred payment authorisation allows you to import goods in one month and defer payment of duties until the fifteenth of the following month.

There are additional customs simplifications and procedures available under the Union Customs Code (UCC). These can help to further minimise the potential negative impacts of Brexit and support the efficient and timely flow of trade.

 

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