Irish Exporters Association facilitates trade between Ireland and Great Britain through joint customs webinar

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) yesterday held a webinar with officials from both the Irish Revenue Commissioners and the United Kingdom’s HM Revenue and Customs. The webinar was an opportunity for Irish and UK customs officials to present the necessary customs requirements that are now in place since 11pm on 31st December 2020, when the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, exited the EU Customs Union. The Irish Exporters Association is delighted to continue facilitating trade between Ireland and Great Britain through its EU-UK webinar series.

The new system of customs controls and checks has caused disruption to supply chains, resulted in shipment delays and therefore impacted many exporters, importers and consumers. This webinar gave traders an in-depth insight into how the necessary customs requirements is being carried out in both Ireland and Great Britain.

 Irish Exporters Association Chief Executive, Simon McKeever commented: Yesterday’s webinar is timely. We are delighted to facilitate this close collaboration between customs officials in Ireland and Great Britain through our webinar series in the interest of all traders. IEA members are experiencing significant hurdles when importing from and exporting to Britain since the transition period came to an end, particularly on the import side. Businesses from small to large, are having difficulty getting goods to and from Britain due to various customs paperwork that must be completed.

 While efforts were made to be prepared for the expected changes, the magnitude of change is only now being realised. It is important for us to bring officials together for exporters to directly ask their questions and raise concerns and find solutions to the current impasse that some businesses are facing. I believe that further awareness and training is required to get all businesses fully up to speed if we are to ensure that current difficulties in moving goods does not continue and snowball into significant shortages of goods. “