The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, has called on Irish businesses to step up their efforts to prepare for Brexit.
The Minister was speaking at an event, hosted by the Health and Safety Authority, on ‘Brexit and the Implications on Supply and Use of Chemicals, Machinery, and Products in Irish Businesses’.
Breen said that with Brexit just weeks away, it is essential that businesses identify potential Brexit impacts and develop a plan to mitigate them.
Despite the hug he levels of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Breen highlighted three key actions that businesses should take;
Scrutinise your existing supply chains for risk of exposure when the UK leaves the EU. If any part of your supply chain is fully, or partly, dependent on the UK (including Northern Ireland), then your supply chain could be affected.
Check to understand if your responsibilities will change after Brexit. If you continue to import from the UK, you may also become the EU importer with additional legal responsibilities for compliance with EU laws.
Check what new customs procedures will apply to you after Brexit and decide if you plan to handle customs procedures yourself or whether you use a customs agent or broker.
Breen urged businesses to engage now with the range of Government supports that have been made available who “stand ready to work with you to help you prepare for Brexit”.
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