Press Release

11 March 2021

 The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., today welcomed the UK Government announcement that it will delay the phased introduction of additional UK import controls which had been scheduled to come into effect on 1 April and 1 July.

The Minister said,

The announcement by the UK Government means that UK import requirements planned for 1 April and 1 July are merely postponed, and not cancelled.  Irish exporters should maximise their use of the additional time to prepare in a comprehensive manner for the next phase of Brexit changes that will now come into force on 1 October this year.

The Minister continued,

My Department continues to engage proactively and extensively with stakeholders and food business operators, and will support the sector in preparing for these changes.

It remains essential that Irish exporters fully understand the new UK import requirements that will now come into force on 1 October, 1 January, and 1 March 2022.

A range of Government supports is available, including training and grants, to help businesses to prepare for these changes. See  for more information.