Brexit preparedness

There are a number of preparations your business can make in advance of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. The SFA Brexit Toolkit for small business and the Brexit SME Scorecard are great starting points to help businesses to begin preparing a strategy and ready teams in terms of planning and shining a spotlight on some of the key operational areas that may be exposed.

DBEI's Brexit Preparedness Checklist identifies the essential actions that firms can take in advance of 31 October to ensure that they will still be able to trade with the UK after it leaves the EU.

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 should consult Revenue guidance on importing or exporting goods from a third country. If 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 system.


Members need to decide about who will be responsible for the customs declaration either the company itself or an external customs agent. If you are planning on using an external customs agent, you should begin engaging with them now to ensure that they can take on new clients.

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 HMRC guidance on the UK leaving the EU with ‘no deal’.


Supported by Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, Clear Customs Training offers immediate and free customs training to Customs intermediaries, and to businesses who frequently trade with or through the UK, or to jurisdictions outside the EU Customs Union. Delivered through Skillnet Ireland at locations nationwide these 5-7 days of instructor-led training will ensure your business is Brexit ready.

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

In addition, login to the Brexit advice page on the SFA website for further information on Brexit financing, GDPR, VAT and other related topics.

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

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