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

Dublin, 1st March 2017 – The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) this morning 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.