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Irish food sector told to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has appealed to agri-food businesses, traders and hauliers of agricultural commodities to act immediately to ensure that they have taken the necessary steps to prepare for a “No Deal” Brexit.

The Minister said:  “Ireland does not want a no-Deal Brexit.  The Government and the EU believe that that the best way forward is for the UK to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, including the backstop provision.  Ireland, the EU and the UK have stated that they don’t want a hard border on the island of Ireland.” 

Earlier this week, the Minister visited Dublin port to inspect the purpose built infrastructural projects which will allow officials in his Department and other Government Departments and Agencies, conduct the necessary regulatory controls post Brexit.  The Minister stated: “I want to acknowledge the work by all parties involved in the significant upgrade and expansion of these facilities which will now be used for existing third country trade, ensuring that these facilities are operating optimally in the event of a no-deal Brexit”.

As part of the whole of Government preparations for a “No Deal” Brexit on 31 October 2019, the Revenue Commissioners have intensified their engagement with businesses who trade with the UK and are issuing letters to traders on a phased basis outlining the most critical Brexit preparation steps including the necessity to register for an EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number and the need to register with my Department if they move animals, plants or animal and plant products to or from the UK.

The Minister stated: “If you are a business that move animals, plants or animal and plant to or from the UK and has received one of these letters please engage with my Department so that we can help ensure you are familiar with the requirements for importing or exporting such commodities from/to the UK.”

“I am calling on businesses in the Agri-Food and related sectors to make sure that they know exactly what they will need to do in a “No Deal” scenario and make the necessary preparations now.

“Make sure you are registered with Revenue and my Department , make sure you know what documents and certificates you have to submit, to whom you have to submit them and what are the time limits for submission.  Decide who is going to be responsible for the submission of documents and certificates – you or a customs agent.”

All goods traders who use wood pallets or wood packaging for the movement of goods to or from the UK should ensure that their wood packaging meets the ISPM 15 standard and is clearly stamped as meeting that standard.

The Minister continued: “As part of our efforts to keep people informed and to help businesses to take all the steps needed to prepare for Brexit, my Department will have a presence at some Agricultural shows including the Tullamore National Livestock Show, the Virginia Agricultural Show as well as at the National Ploughing Championship.  We will also be holding a number of Agriculture focussed events in September where we will engage directly with individuals/businesses in the sector. These will also be held around the country, and details will be available on my Department’s website in the coming weeks.

“There is no hiding from the fact that a “No Deal” Brexit will be a challenge and will impact on trade. Hoping that it won’t happen is not a sound strategy and will not make it go away. It is far better to prepare now and to do everything that you can to make sure that you’re ready. Check your supply chain. Review your regulatory obligations. Engage with your suppliers and clients.” IRISH FOOD SECTOR 




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