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IEA and BDO launch joint initiative to advise exporters (and importers) on customs issues

Dublin, 1st March 2017 – The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) announced BDO Customs and International Trade Services (BDO) as a key sponsor of the organisation’s customs services offering.  Working together, the IEA and BDO will offer IEA members guidance and advice on customs issues and challenges for export / import through a series of newsletters in 2017.  The timing of these updates is especially crucial given the likely changes that Brexit, the Trump presidency and increasing uncertainty in the EU will bring this year for companies involved in the movement of goods into and out of Ireland.

Commenting on the significance of this partnership, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association said: “Our members will be faced with more challenges than ever before as they plan their growth and development, manage uncertainty and compete internationally. Working with BDO, our members will receive regular information on customs and trade issues, customs developments, frequently asked questions and practical support for real customs issues. At the IEA, we service our members through representation, member development, networking & connectivity and export services. We will continue to assist our members in 2017 with practical help and support, ensuring that we offer solutions to their challenges, highlight opportunities and signpost them to expert advice.”

The IEA receives many queries from its members, the top being:

  • Bilateral trade agreements and how they apply to Irish exporters
  • Preferential certificates of origin (e.g. EUR1 Form)
  • Immigration queries
  • Introduction to customs and training available through the IEA
  • Connect people to Bureau Veritas
  • Signposting for customs documentations
  • Shipping of live animals

Carol Lynch, Partner at BDO commented: “We are delighted to be working with the IEA to provide timely and practical information to their members and to our clients on the evolving complexities of international trade.  In particular, Brexit implications are becoming clearer and ambitious and forward-thinking companies are very focused on both the tax implications and the business opportunity it presents.”

BDO advises clients on a wide range of issues affecting the movement of goods including customs, VAT, excise, export controls, anti- dumping, audits and investigations.


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About Irish Exporters Association

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) assists its members to grow their exports to world markets. We drive and support the growth and development of all exporting businesses based in Ireland by:

  • Representation – leading the export agenda as the voice of Irish exporters
  • Member development – enhancing the export knowledge and skillset of members through a range of training services and export development programmes
  • Networking & Connectivity – connecting our members with government and business stakeholders domestically and in market
  • Export Services – enabling our members with practical assistance and critical support services

The IEA represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SMEs who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. It is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.

About BDO Ireland

BDO is one of Ireland’s leading Audit, Tax and Advisory firms, specialising in advising businesses across all sectors, ranging from the development stage through to successful international growth.

With offices in Dublin, Limerick and an affiliate office in Belfast, BDO Ireland operates a partner-led approach in all client dealings which ensures our partners and directors are highly accessible to clients.

At BDO, we build strong relationships with our clients and invest time in getting to know what really matters to them.  Our integrated global network already enjoys a reputation for delivering an outstanding service that is consistently better than that of our competitors, and BDO’s ambition is to become the market leader for exceptional client service.