The Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD is urging Irish exporters to prepare now for new UK requirements starting 31 January 2024.  

These changes by the UK are a further outworking of Brexit, as the UK gradually moves to enhanced border controls as part of its new Border Target Operating Model.

The new UK requirements include the pre-lodgement of customs declarations as well as the pre-notification of agri-food exports which must, in some cases, be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate.

These new UK requirements are in addition to the existing formalities that apply when exporting goods from the EU.

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The Tánaiste, Micheál Martin, said:

The UK continues to be an important market for Irish exports so the smooth transition to these new UK requirements will be very important for us. I am encouraging all Irish companies to speak to everyone in their supply chain and make sure they are ready for the new UK processes starting 31 January.

Over one third of Irish exports go to the UK and the UK remains the largest single destination for Irish food, drink and horticulture exports.

The UK accounts for 47% of Irish beef exports, for example, with an estimated value of €1.3 billion, while dairy exports to the UK were valued at €1.1 billion in 2023.

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Speaking about the particular impact for the agri-food sector, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue said:

These new UK import control requirements represent a significant change in the trading environment for Irish agri-food exporters to GB, in what is our largest export market.

All businesses in the agri-food supply chain to GB must continue to engage with their UK customers, their local supervisory competent authority team and logistics providers to confirm the processes are in place to meet the new UK requirements in the most effective and efficient manner.

 

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Minister of State for European Affairs and Defence Peter Burke T.D. underlined the efforts the Government has been making to get Irish exporters ready for the new UK requirements:

We want to make sure that everyone exporting to the UK, or using the UK landbridge, is fully aware that the new UK requirements are coming into force on 31 January and knows what they need to do to prepare.

We have engaged with all the relevant stakeholders, including in the agri-food sector, the logistics and transport sectors, and we have rolled out a communications campaign at national and local level on radio, in print and on social media to ensure our businesses have sufficient time to prepare for these changes.

Detailed information for traders is available on www.gov.ie/brexit

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