Brexit Advice

On 1 January 2021, the UK became a ‘third country’ for the purposes of trade and customs. This permanent change affects many sectors and as a business owner it is critical that you understand what this new trading relationship means for your business and incorporate any necessary changes into your future planning to avoid disruption for your clients and customers.

Below you can find a wide range of supports and information which will help you to navigate the changes in your new trading relationship with the UK.

Cork Chamber is also 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 by contacting

How to get started

The Governments Brexit Readiness Action Plan was published in September 2020. It supports and promotes the necessary actions for businesses to consider in relation to the new EU-UK trading relationship.

Read Full Brexit Readiness Action Plan

Revenue Checklist

Revenue provides support and advice on navigating the Customs and Excise regulations. Take a few minutes to revise their checklist and see if you have availed of best Brexit support for your business. If you need to get in contact with Revenue after you have reviewed the Checklist please email or call 01- 7383685

Revenue Checklist

Enterprise Ireland 

The Enterprise Ireland 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.

Enterprise Ireland Readiness Checker

Irish International Freight Association (IIFA)

If you are considering hiring a customs agent to complete custom declarations on your behalf or would like to talk to an affiliated agent, the IIFA has a list of their members online HERE

Businesses can avail of a range of supports covering advice, finance and upskilling from government departments, enterprise agencies and regulatory bodies. See below of resources to get your business ready for the new EU-UK Relationship.


  • 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.
  • Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Act On Initiative’ plan, helps companies exposed to Brexit to customize a plan of action to avoid disruptions.
  • Bord Bia supports the national and international ambitions of Irish food, drink and horticulture businesses. Their dedicated Brexit Hub contains industry specific supports.


  • Local Enterprise Offices have a list of financial supports currently available online. Businesses can choose the best fit 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 a new 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 qualify


  • Backed by Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, Skillnet Irelands’ Clear Customs training course will train employees on how to effectively complete a customs declaration and helps pre-empt Brexit-related customs challenges.
  • 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.


    Each country has their own customs authority that helps facilitate the movement of goods. In Ireland, the authorised customs authority is Revenue.

    Key information needed for Customs Declarations 

    Commodity Code 

    If you import or export goods outside the EU you must classify your goods for custom purposes. You can find this code using the TARIC system or the Access2Market database. This determines:

    • tariffs & taxes
    • customs procedures
    • rules of origin
    • trade barriers
    • product requirements
    • statistics

    Customs value of your goods

    The customs value of the goods has to be entered on your customs declaration. This is calculated by invoice price plus the cost of transport and insurance.

    Origin of Goods

    The origin of your goods is determined by where the goods are manufactured/produced. The country of origin determines the amount of duty payable.

    Some Steps to Consider

    • Research your custom obligations under the HMRC rules (UK customs authority)
    • Know your obligations under the Irish (EU) customs authority – contact the Irish Revenue Commissioners with any Brexit related queries by emailing

    Automated Import System (AIS)

    The Revenue Commissioners implemented a new national import system in November 2020 called the Automated 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. You can find more details on the Revenue’s website Here

    Automated Entry Processing (AEP)

    When moving goods outside the EU, it is the seller’s responsibility to lodge a customs declaration electronically using Revenue’s AEP system. The customs declaration details the description of the goods and what is happening with the shipment process. There are 3 different types of exports “Direct, Indirect and Exports made under a Single Transport Contract”. To view in full the details of the AEP process please read export-procedures-guide

    Irish International Freight Association

    If you are considering hiring a customs agent to complete custom declarations on your behalf or would like to talk to a affiliated agent. Please click HERE

    Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

    If you want to import or export animals or products of animal origin (including fish) from or to the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) you must be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

    Importers will also need to be registered on TRACES, this is an EU Commission system for the electronic completion of documentation required for imports of certain consignments from third countries.

    If you are exporting live animals and require a Vet inspection or Health Certificate please view list of Authorised Vets in your area Here

    Forestry/Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    ISPM 15 “Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade” is a phytosanitary standard developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). It defines the standards for treatment and marking of Wood Packaging Material (WPM) which includes pallets, crates and dunnage used in the international trade of goods of all kinds. The aim of ISPM 15 is, through the treatment of WPM, to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of pests and pathogens often associated with WPM which could be harmful to trees forests and ecosystems.

    From 1 January 2021 all WPM moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking.
    • Read Full Information note on WPM in relation to the UK withdrawal from the EU Here
    • Please see list of DAFM/NSAI Approved Producers of ISPM No.15 Wood and Wood Packaging Material Here

    Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

    Exporters and Importers of certain hazardous chemicals to non-EU countries have particular obligations under the Export-Import or Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 (further amended by Regulation (EU) 2018/172). The objective of this law is to allow countries to monitor and to control the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals.

    Since January 1st there are new protocols that hazardous chemicals businesses must adhere to. For more information on this please visit the HSA website

    Certificates of Origin are primarily used to declare the origin of goods being exported from the EU to a third country where preferential origin is not being claimed.

    Certificates of Origin are not generally required at present for EU-UK trade. However, companies in the UK may request a Certificate of Origin in certain cases for example if they are subsequently re-exporting products.

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

    Chambers Ireland

    Data Protection and GDPR

    Department of Agriculture, Farming and the Marine


    Enterprise Ireland

    • Enterprise Ireland- Prepare for Brexit:
    • Enterprise Ireland, have developed the top 20 FAQ about Brexit with guidance on responses and signposting to the relevant information. Please read the full list in the PDF document- EI Brexit FAQ Doc

    Government updates

    Health and Safety Authority

    Irish International Freight Forwarder Association



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