Customs and Logistics is the single biggest Brexit challenge facing Irish business according to an Enterprise Ireland survey which took place at its Dublin Brexit Advisory Clinic in June. Almost half (49%) of the respondents to the audience participation poll ranked Customs and Logistics as their greatest concern. This was followed by Financial and Currency Management at 19% and Market Diversification at 13%.

As part of its Brexit response, Enterprise Ireland is proactively engaging with client companies to address their post-Brexit customs compliance challenges. The Be Prepared Grant, which offers clients up to €5k to assist in the cost of developing a strategic response to Brexit, can be used to support Customs and Logistics training needs and to implement action plans.

Jonathan McMillan, Brexit Unit Manager, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland is actively supporting Irish companies on a daily basis to respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit, including issues such as Customs and Logistics. The uncertainty around outcomes of the Brexit negotiations continues, so it is imperative that companies take the necessary steps to reduce risk and ensure they are more innovative and competitive, and to diversify into new markets, to steer through the challenges ahead. We offer practical advice and support at our Brexit Advisory Clinics, access to independent expert consultants, online training and webinars, as well as financial aid for Brexit planning and training purposes through supports such as the Be Prepared Grant.”

Four further events are planned as part of Enterprise Ireland’s series of nationwide Brexit Advisory Clinics advising Irish companies on the supports available to help them address their Brexit exposure. The clinics, which include one-to-one meetings with independent experts, will continue in Galway (Tuesday 2nd October), Dundalk (Monday 22nd October), Waterford (Thursday 8th November) and Limerick (Wednesday 21st November). Companies will be briefed on the broad implications of Brexit, specifically around customs, strategic sourcing, financial management, employment law and the movement of people.

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