The potential customs implications of Brexit
The SFA advises members to inform themselves of all customs and excise requirements that may arise for imports/exports between Ireland and the UK (incl. NI)Members are reminded that if there is a no-deal Brexit then Ireland and the UK (incl. NI) will, from Day 1, be treated by each other as third countries when it comes to trade. This will lead to a significant increase in custom arrangements and declarations. 


Members importing or exporting goods from outside the EU should consult Revenue guidanceIf you import or export goods from outside the EU, you or your agent must complete a customs declaration. This customs declaration must be made electronically using Revenue’s Automated Entry Processing (AEP) system. Members are advised to decide who will be responsible for the customs declaration, either the company or an external customs agent. Some goods are prohibited, and some are subject to conditions or may require a licence. See information on prohibitions and restrictions.  


If you are trading in goods to or from the UK, an Economic Operators Registration Identification (EORI) is required to be entered on a customs declaration. To register for an EORI number go to the Revenue Online Service. 


If you import or export goods into or out of the EU, you must classify those goods for customs purposes. Every product has a specific code. This classification code determines the amount of Customs Duty you will pay on imported goods. You can use TARIC to classify your goods to the appropriate code that you will need to import or export your goods. 


At this stage, members should also determine whether they have to comply with UK customs requirements. Members can also consult GOV.UK guidance on the UK leaving the EU with ‘no deal’.  


An Online Customs Insights course is also available to help businesses understand the key customs concepts, documentation and processes required to succeed in a post Brexit world.  


If you have a specific query in relation to Brexit and customs matters, please email with the relevant details. 


Supported by Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, a Clear Customs free training initiative will be delivered through Skillnet Ireland at several training locations nationwide.  


Members can also attend the Preparing for a ‘no deal’ Brexit: trade and customs seminar on Friday, 11 October 2019 at 9.00 – 11.00 am at SFA HQ, 84-86 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2 


Please contact Elizabeth Bowen, Senior Executive at or 01 605 1626 with any queries you may have on Brexit.   

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SFA E-zine - The Wednesday Edition
SFA in the media
Budget 2020
Financial Literacy – new SFA report
Internships – making sure businesses comply with the National Minimum Wage Act
The potential customs implications of Brexit
SFA Skillnet
SFA Employment Law Seminar
SFA diversity series - a focus on age diversity - webinar
SFA Annual Lunch 2019