• Register for your EORI number with revenue

  • Decide who will submit your customs declarations

  • Know the key data and paperwork required for customs declarations

  • Set up a payment plan


The UK left the European Union on the 31st January 2020 and entered into a transition period.

The Transition Period is in place until at least 31st of December 2020. During the transition period, the UK will continue to abide by EU laws and regulations and there is currently no immediate change to Citizens or Businesses day to day dealings.

At the end of the transition period, the UK will become a third country and there will be changes, including how we trade with the United Kingdom. To lower the impact of Brexit on your business, it is vital to be prepared before 31st of December 2020.

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

The Government has launched its Brexit Readiness Action Plan. The plan sets out in meticulous detail, the actions individuals and business must take on board now to ensure they are prepared for the end of the transition period in less than 4 months.

Read Full Brexit Readiness Action Plan

Revenue urges Businesses to get Brexit ready now

From the 11/09/2020 Revenue will send letters to over 90,00 businesses that are expected to be impacted by Brexit. Revenues focus will be providing support and defining critical set of plans to help minimize the financial aspect and to prevent problems at customs. Businesses do not have to wait for the letter to arrive and are encouraged to get in touch now with questions or concerns.

Please see Revenue Brexit-checklist to get started.

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

The DBEI Brexit Preparedness Checklist outlines the essential tasks that business can undertake now in order to be able to trade with the UK post transition period.

View full List Here

Automatic Import System live from November

The Revenue Commissioners will implement a new national import system in November 2020 called Automatic Import System (AIS). Importers are advised to get up to speed with AIS. The system will ensure that businesses can import goods legally from outside the EU using the most efficient process possible. AIS is particularly important in the context of Brexit as the UK will fully depart the EU on 1st January 2021 and become a third country. The Revenue Commissioners are urging businesses to ensure that they are prepared for operating AIS. You can find more details on the Revenue’s website Here

Enterprise Ireland Readiness Checker

The Brexit Readiness Checker provides businesses with a quick and accessible way to check their readiness and gives guidance on what steps they need to take now, based on their own unique circumstances. Find out more and fill out the accessible form online Here

For the duration of the transition period, businesses can avail of a range of supports covering advice, finance and up-skilling from government departments, enterprise agencies and regulatory bodies. See summary list below of resources to get your business Brexit Ready.


  • The Enterprise Ireland Readiness Checker is the first step in developing a robust Brexit plan. As a business owner, it will help identify areas of your business that are at high risk of being impacted post transition period.
  • Local Enterprise Offices Brexit Mentoring Programme offers support to business owners/managers to identify key Brexit exposures and develop potential business opportunities.
  • InterTradeIreland can support your SME by providing a professional advisor to prepare bespoke report on the Brexit issues relevant to you or to provide training in key areas.
  • Revenue offers information on rules and regulations about customs in a post Brexit Scenario
  • The European Commission has prepared a “Brexit Readiness Checklist” to help companies prepare and to make necessary decisions.


A wide range of finance supports are available to businesses to help them prepare for the end of the transition period. Businesses should take advantage of these opportunities as they arise and action must be taken now to build a strong Brexit plan.

  • Local Enterprise Offices have a list of finance supports currently available online. Businesses can choose the best fit support for their Brexit plan.
  • Enterprise Ireland has a variety of grants and innovation funds available including the Market Discovery Fund that assists companies of all sizes to prepare to enter into new a market.
  • The Ready for Customs grant from Enterprise Ireland is open to companies which are directly engaged in business activities to, from, or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity. Check to see if you can qualify


  • Backed by Getting Ireland Brexit ready, Skillnet Irelands’ Clear Customs training course will train employees on how to effectively complete a customs declaration helps pre-empt Brexit related customs challenges.
  • Bord Bia supports the national and international ambitions of Irish food, drink and horticulture businesses. Their dedicated Brexit hub contain industry specific supports.
  • Cork Chamber Skillnet is the leading business learning network in the region. They will work with you to source the best possible training programme for your companies’ needs. Find more information and contact details on their dedicated training page.

    Living and Working:

    There is a huge number of Irish citizens living and working in the UK and vice versa, this will continue to be the norm post-Brexit. While there may be certain changes that may affect Irish and UK citizens post-Brexit, it is important to understand that under the Common Travel Area (CTA) important areas such as employment, healthcare, education and being able to move freely in each others jurisdiction will have no change. This agreement pre-dates Irish and the UK European Membership.

    It is important to note that there have been certain changes to Drivers licensing between the UK and Ireland. More information can be found on gov.ie

    Cork Chamber is dedicated to supporting you through these uncertain times. Our committed team are ready for you to get in touch with us to discuss any issues and to guide you through your planning process. Reach out today.

    Information online about Brexit can be overwhelming. If you are a key employer or employee on a dedicated Brexit team, webinars will deliver insight from the experts across all different sectors, experiencing the same Brexit issues.

    While there are many different type of webinars online it is important to note, to only attend the webinars that fit with your Brexit plan or your sector. We have created a table with all upcoming webinars across all the different sectors Brexit Webinars 2020

    If you have a recommendation or would like to add a Brexit webinar please get in touch.


    Once the UK leaves the EU and customs union, any import or export moving to and from Ireland and the UK will require customs declarations.

    • Businesses will be required to obtain an EORI number, which can be applied for through Revenue. Businesses can either apply themselves, or choose to engage with a customs agent, that files the declaration on their behalf. In addition, Revenue has outlined a number of ways that will help to ‘ease the customs burden’ and to make it easier for business trading with the UK.
    • As the UK will no longer be a part of the customs union, additional administration requirements and resources may be required to deal with new border arrangements. Businesses should consider whether deliveries can be shipped prior to 31st December 2020 and whether extra supplies of key raw materials can be stored to avoid logistical uncertainties.
    • An AEO status, is a certified standard authorisation issued by customs administrations in the European Union. With an AEO status companies can benefit of smoother procedures when entering customs and declaring goods. Such example would be priority treatment if physical controls are conducted. Companies can apply for this status before 31st December 2020 through Revenue.


    Post Brexit, customs duty will apply to goods moving to the UK from Ireland and vice versa. Customs Duty is not recoverable and will add extra cost to the import. The rate of duty imposed on goods will depend on their classification codes. All goods have individual classification codes and it will decide the tariff percentage applied to that particular good. Use TAIRC to classify your goods to the correct code or go to the dedicated Classification page on the Revenue website to discover more.


    The EU’s VAT regime enables EU member country businesses to immediately reclaim the charge on goods bought from other EU member countries. In a ‘no- deal’, the UK will then be outside the EU’s VAT regime. Companies need to meet with their accountants as soon as possible to create a plan for any VAT issues Brexit will bring.

    In the event of a “No-Deal Brexit”, in February 2019 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney  launched the Omnibus Bill alongside Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee. The Omnibus Bill focuses on protecting Irish citizens, supporting businesses and jobs, and securing ongoing access to essential services and products. It also covers a section on VAT that will help companies post Brexit. 

    Access2Markets- My Trade Assistant

    Access2Markets is the new portal for EU exporters and importers to find detailed information on all tariffs, customs procedures and formalities, product requirements by product for more than 120 export markets outside the EU which represent an export value of over 90%.

    Some of the detailed provided is

    • Tariffs
    • Rules of Origin
    • Product requirements
    • Customs procedures and formalities
    • VAT/Excise duties/Sales taxes
    • Trade barriers
    • Trade statistics

    The portal is very easy to use and there is a very informative video that goes through the process with you here

    Sector specific stakeholder readiness notices:

    As of the end of the transition period, the UK will no longer participate in European Union policies and this will create strenuous pressure on business, stakeholders and citizens. The EU Commission Rediness Notices sets out the main areas of change that will take place in any event of the end of the transition period. The notices are for communication purposes and to enable businesses to prepare for these changes to avoid as many cost disruptions as possible.

    Forestry and Wood Packaging Material:

    In the case of a no deal Brexit, the Department of Agriculture food and Marine are advising companies who use Wood Packaging Material (WPM), this includes pallets, crates, dunnage etc, to make themselves aware of the ISPM 15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking. To find out more about these procedures please visit DAFM Forestry.

    If you are looking to contact an approved producer of ISPM No.15 wood and wood packaging material please see list HERE

    The Health and Safety Authority- Chemicals, machinery, notified bodies

    The HSA  is calling on businesses that source chemical substances that are subject to REACH authorisation, granted by a UK supplier, to take steps to minimize potential business impact when trading arrangements change with the UK from 1 January 2021. Read Full HSA’s Guidance

    To read more about the obligations businesses must prepare for before 31st Dec please read the HSA Brexit Overview

    To view the full dedicated page for more information from the HSA in relation to machinery, chemicals and notified bodies please view Here

    Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine

    The DAFM are calling on businesses to read the latest Brexit update and key messages to the retail forum. Important details such as new customs and SPG requirements will apply to trade with Great Britain. DAFM-Brexit-Updates-and-Key-messages

    At present, businesses can freely transfer personal data between Britain and Ireland as both countries are members of the EU. When personal data leaves the EU, the information is considered to have been sent to a “third country”. When the UK leaves the EU the UK and Northern Ireland will be considered third country like the US.

    GDPR requires companies who transfer personal data to a recipient in a ‘third country’ to put in place a transfer mechanism such as the standard contractual clauses (SCCs), in order to lawfully transfer personal data to that non-EEA recipient.

    Whilst the UK intends to seek an adequacy decision from the European Commission recognising the UK’s data protection regime as essentially equivalent to those in the EU, an adequacy decision will not be in place before the UK leaves the EU. The European Commission has made it clear that a decision on adequacy cannot be taken until the UK is a third country.

    In preparation for this your organisation should start taking the following steps:

    • Map the personal data currently being transferred to the UK.
    • Determine if the transfers will need to continue beyond end of December 2020
    • Consider which transfer mechanism best suits the situation and work towards having it in place by the end of December 2020

    If you are unsure of how your companies information is being stored or would like to see some examples of where your company could be transferring data through the UK, visit the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

    We are informed that at present UK Customs authorities do not require Certificates of Origin for goods arriving in the UK coming from third countries and are therefore not likely to require Irish goods arriving in the UK post Brexit/’no-deal’ to be accompanied by a Certificate of Origin.

    However, companies in the UK may request a Certificate of Origin depending on their individual needs (re-exporting etc). This applies vice versa. Irish companies whose supply chain contains UK components may also need to apply for a Certificate of Origin – this will depend on the needs of and requirements in the country of destination.

    If you require more information please go directly to our Export advice and Documentation page.

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