Brexit advice

The ongoing uncertainty over the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU which shows no sign of reaching a resolution should not deter members from preparing for a UK withdrawal under agreement or a ‘no-deal' withdrawal. Today we are providing advice to member companies with their own transport who may be bringing goods through Irish ports.

The following is the latest Government advice that we can give to members with their own transport who may be bringing goods through Dublin or Rosslare Ports. In order to minimise any disruption to your business if you operate in this sector.


In a no deal scenario, the UK will become a ‘third country’ for trading purposes. This will mean that new rules will apply for businesses importing, exporting to or moving goods through the UK.


It is important that businesses undertake the necessary preparations to comply with these rules, for instance, incomplete or inaccurate information in relation to customs declarations and procedures will lead to delays with knock on impacts for your business.

All businesses

  • All businesses that import, export or move their goods and materials from or through the UK need to register with Revenue for a customs number (EORI number). This applies irrespective of the volume or value of trade undertaken.
  • All businesses should review their supply chain to assess how it may be affected and build this into their business planning and cash flow management. This may include where your business relies on products brought in from the UK through a distributor.
  • Check if your business relies on products or services that are certified for conformity with EU regulations and standards by a UK body. These certificates or licences may no longer be valid in a no deal scenario and you will need to take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with EU regulations and standards. For further information, please see certification and licensing.
  • Likewise, businesses are advised to monitor any changes that UK authorities may make over time to their regulatory requirements.
  • Get free online customs training from Enterprise Ireland.

Businesses importing directly from the UK


Businesses need to prepare for any new customs arrangements and regulatory checks and the impact they will have on their business.


These include:

  • Any requirements for pre-declarations and for regulatory checks for certain categories of goods (including animal or animal products, plants, plant products and wood packaging), and certain food products.
  • Health and safety requirements for certain categories of goods (machinery, equipment and chemicals).
  • Any required customs documentation and procedures for the payment of any customs and excise duties or VAT due on imports from third countries, including the UK in the event of a no deal scenario. Businesses will need to plan for this in terms of cash flow.
  • If your products are transported using wood packaging or pallets, check that the wood is International Standard for Phytosanitary Measure No. 15 (ISPM15) compliant.
  • Businesses are advised to consider how they will handle these customs and regulatory formalities. These can be managed in-house or by a customs broker/agent. Either option requires planning and time.

Businesses transporting goods through the UK


Businesses that move goods between Ireland and other EU countries by road through Britain (the UK landbridge) will face new rules and processes under the customs transit procedure.


This procedure will use the New Computerised Transit System and in order to use the landbridge in the most efficient way post-Brexit, businesses are encouraged to:

  • Register as authorised consignors/consignees to avail of the Simplified Customs Transit Procedure. Further information is available on the Revenue website.
  • Work through your bank or your customs agent/logistics provider to have the necessary financial guarantee in place.
  • If moving animals or animal products, work with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to register on the TRACES system.
  • Businesses can avail of free customs training through Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and the Local Enterprise Offices which aim to give businesses an understanding of the key customs concepts, documentation and processes required to succeed post-Brexit.

New phase of trader engagement at Irish ports announced 


Revenue has announced that they have embarked on a new phase of engagement with trade and business who may be transporting goods to, from or through the UK post Brexit. The latest information from Revenue is vital in helping truck drivers avoid congestion and delays for trucks coming into, and moving out of, Irish ports.

From Friday 5 April, Customs Officers will be talking with, and providing information to, truck drivers in Dublin and Rosslare Ports to ensure they understand and are aware of the changes that Brexit will mean for their journeys. Customs Officers will be talking with truck drivers as they wait to embark the ferry, and will also be available on-board a number of sailings.

Customs Officers are available to help drivers who may have concerns or questions about what they need to do post Brexit, and to help them understand what the changes will be for them as they move through Irish ports.

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