Meeting the Brexit challenge - some essentials


The United KIngdom (UK), including Northern Ireland (NI), is formally no longer a member of the European Union (EU).

As part of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Revised Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland came into effect on 1 January 2021. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement has applied provisionally since 1 January 2021. Following consent by the European Parliament, the Agreement entered into force on 1 May 2021.

Revenue's objective is to facilitate legitimate trade in moving goods as speedily and efficiently as possible. Below are some essential preparation steps for businesses that:

  • import or export products from and to GB
  • or
  • move products through the UK landbridge to or from the European mainland. 

We recommend that you carry out a Brexit impact assessment to understand where, and how, in your supply chain you may be impacted. Enterprise Ireland has  a Brexit assessment online tool which may help you with this.

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