The EU-Uk Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) 

Customs  

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

  • 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 email.

Sector Specific 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 

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 an affiliated agent

Brexit Ready Ireland  

For all the latest communications in relation to the Brexit-related changes to UK Import and Customs Controls that were due to be introduced on 1 January 2022 please go to “Brexit Ready Ireland” 

Resources
Chambers Ireland
Department of Agriculture, Farming and the Marine
Enterprise Ireland
  • Enterprise Ireland- Prepare for Brexit: https://www.prepareforbrexit.com/ 
  • 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

Brexit Preparedness: https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/Brexit/ 

Irish International Freight Forwarder Association
World Trade Organization

https://www.wto.org/