Government & EU Affairs

Representing the interests of Irish exporters


Government & EU Affairs

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) is the voice of Irish exporters. Representing more than 400 members across the exporting industry, the IEA works at the regional, national and European level to assist legislators to create a regulatory and legislative framework that supports and fosters Irish exports.

The IEA is a major stakeholder on key policy decision-making processes and is regularly called upon by the Government to provide input on key issues.

September Latest News

On 14 September the UK Brexit Minister David Frost issued a written statement confirming delays in the implementation of trade controls due to commence on 1 October.

The written statement outlines the following:

“The Government has decided to delay further some elements of the new controls, especially those relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods. Accordingly:

  • The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as opposed to 1 October 2021.
  • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
  • The requirement for Safety and Security declarations on imports will be introduced as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.

The timetable for the removal of the current easements in relation to full customs controls and the introduction of customs checks remains unchanged from the planned 1 January 2022.

The Government will work closely with the Devolved Administrations on the implementation of this new timetable, given their devolved responsibilities for agri-food controls.”