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Online customs services offering: IEA, BDO and Rhenus Logistics launch initiative to advise exporters and importers on customs issues

Dublin, 25th February 2018 – The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) this morning announced BDO Customs and International Trade Services (BDO) and Rhenus Logistics Ireland as sponsors of the organisation’s online customs services offering. Through a series of newsletters in 2018, the IEA, BDO and Rhenus Logistics Ireland will offer IEA members advice and assistance on exporting overseas and importing into Ireland on customs and trade. The online offering will keep IEA members and stakeholders informed of important country and sector specific information, supply chain, trade compliance, legislative updates and provide practical support and advice on customs issues.

Speaking today about the launch of this important initiative Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association said: “Brexit is coming down the line in whatever form it will take, and our aim is to prepare exporting and importing businesses throughout Ireland. Our online customs offering is a platform for us to communicate regulatory changes to our members and keep them abreast of not only changes in customs regulations with the UK, but global customs requirements. The IEA, BDO and Rhenus Logistics together bring an array of expertise and experience to assist our members in 2018 with practical help and support, ensuring that we offer solutions to their challenges, highlight opportunities and signpost them to expert advice to support their business.”

Carol Lynch, Partner, BDO Customs and International Trade Services: “We are delighted to be again working with the IEA through 2018 in order to provide timely and practical information to their members and to our clients on the evolving complexities of Customs and International trade.  In particular, planning for Brexit is now becoming more pressing for most Irish Companies and we are delighted to be able to continue to provide our ongoing updates on the Customs, Vat and Tax requirements to enable companies continue to trade with this important market.”

Declan Sinnott, Managing Director, Rhenus Logistics Ireland stated: “Rhenus Logistics is proud to work with the Irish Exporters Association and BDO on the Customs online offering this year. Last year the newsletters provided a ‘nuts and bolts’ practical and informative resource to both exporters and importers. We think going forward that the link between the IEA, BDO and Rhenus is a great partnership that will provide expertise and practical support. This online offering will focus on the practicalities of addressing what companies need to know on a day to day basis.”

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


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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. Going forward we have realigned and redeveloped our strategy to support our members to grow their exports to world markets and in 2018, the IEA will perform 3 main functions:

  • Represent the needs of members in the development of policy, lobbying, intervention at government level and in the media. Brexit and the Diversification of Export Markets, Cost Competitiveness, the War for Talent and Entrepreneurship are at the core.
  • Trade Services include practical training, support and consultancy right across the supply chain including customs awareness and audits, export and import compliance, consular, business travel support, route to market and general assistance with trade related queries.
  • Knowledge Networks will support members to: explore new markets, route to market scenario planning, understand customs and supply chain challenges and provide thought leadership through a series of events and webinars. Networking and connectivity remain an important part of membership benefits.

 The IEA represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland as well as the providers of key services to the sector. 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.

BDO Ireland is a member of the international BDO network with over 74,000 people working with our clients and offering challenging, ethical and practical advice from 1,500 offices in 162 countries and territories.  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.

About Rhenus Logistics

Turnover at the Rhenus Group tops € 4.8 billion, making it one of the leading logistics service companies with global operations. Rhenus has business locations at more than 610 locations worldwide and employs 29,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics, Port Logistics and Public Transport – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.