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The Department of the Taoiseach has launched Getting your Business Brexit Ready – Practical Steps booklet on 4th September 2019.  The booklet covers 9 key steps which companies should review together with free training initiatives for business trading with or through the UK.

  • Review your supply chain and UK market strategy;
  • Understand the new rules for importing from or exporting to the UK;
  • Be aware of possible changes to transport and logistics for goods transiting via the UK;
  • Review all your regulation, licencing and certification requirements;
  • Review your contracts and your data management;
  • Manage your cash flow, currency and banking;
  • Protect and inform your staff;
  • Take advantage of Government Brexit programmes and supports;
  • Know more about the impact on your sector. This section lists useful initiatives and resources which the Government have put in place to assist businesses as follows:


  • Skillnet Ireland’s Clear Customs Initiative, which offers immediate and free customs training to customs intermediaries, and to businesses who frequently trade with or through the UK. Eligible businesses that register their interest with Enterprise Ireland before 20 September can also avail of a payment from Enterprise Ireland of up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training to invest in staffing and other eligible customs compliance costs (to a maximum of €60,000, depending on the level of UK trade).


  • Local Enterprise Offices, which run one-day ‘Prepare Your Business for Customs’ workshops throughout the country. These are open to all businesses across all industries and provide companies with a good understanding of the potential impacts and key customs procedures when trading with the UK post-Brexit. Visit to find details of upcoming workshops.


  • Enterprise Ireland’s Act On Initiative, which helps companies to develop an action plan for Brexit focusing on the areas of financial and currency management, strategic sourcing, and customs and logistics. Businesses can also avail of the Customs Insights online course, which provides an understanding of themain customs processes and documentation requirements.


  • Bord Bia workshops, training programmes and one-to-one support covering areas such as customs compliance, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls, logistics and UK customer engagement.


  • Tourism Ireland training supports covering customs and tariffs, currency risk and supply chain management tailored to the needs of the tourism and hospitality sectors.


  • Fáilte Ireland training programme and supports including financial mentoring, cost and competitiveness measures and market development initiatives.


You can also contact your financial advisor, your accountant, or any professional


Further information on each of these areas and the steps you need to take is contained in this publication here.