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 September 2019, Brexit: Practical steps to keep agri-food trade moving

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is hosting a series of free seminars on Brexit and the steps you can take to keep agri-food trade moving. The dates and locations are as follows: Dublin (10 September)

Wexford (27 September) and

Cork (30 September) 

The Department has issued a Brexit Preparedness Checklist for Businesses moving Animals, Plants, and Products of Animal and Plant Origin. You can read more information here

The event in the The Printworks, Dublin Castle on Tuesday 10th September will be opened by Minister Michael Creed and speakers will include representatives from both the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and from the Revenue Commissioners. A representative from the French Embassy will also be in attendance to discuss the operation of the Landbridge.

Who should attend? 

Agri-food businesses of all sizes and their logistics companies, hauliers, retailers, importers / exporters, transport companies and representative bodies.

The first seminar will also be of interest to businesses moving non-agri goods as it covers customs procedures for non-EU trade, the operation of the Landbridge and the range of Government supports available to businesses to get Brexit ready.

To attend this free seminar, register here

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Information and practical support for businesses moving agri-food, animals (including fish), plants, and products of animal and plant origin
  • Information in relation to requirements of customs formalities for non-EU trade and how and where they apply, including import, export and transit formalities
  • Post-Brexit process flow for moving agri-food commodities and operator requirements vis-à-vis registration, documentation, advance notification etc.
  • What businesses moving agri goods through the UK Landbridge can expect – a French perspective
  • What steps businesses can take to ensure their goods move efficiently through the ports
  • State bodies and agencies will be present to provide information to help businesses to register as appropriate and/or avail of supports

Seminars will also be held in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Johnstown Castle, Wexford, on 27 September and in Cork on 30 September 2019.

5th September: Minister Creed chaired the 12th meeting of the Brexit Stakeholders Consultative Committee, which he established in 2016 as a vehicle to:

keep stakeholders informed of developments during the EU/UK negotiation process, and

listening to their major concerns and recommendations.

The exchanges have fed into the whole-of-Government approach to the negotiations, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The meeting included an update from DFAT on the most recent political developments.

Added 10.09.2019

5th September 2019: The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD chaired the 23rd meeting of the Food Wise High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC) which discussed Brexit preparedness, the implications of a no-Deal Brexit for the seafood sector, and the findings of the Food Wise Innovation team and the Agri-Food Strategy to 2030.  You can read the full press release here

Added 10.09.2019

Minister Creed with Secretary General Brendan Gleeson

and Department Officials at the Foodwise Meeting

 

  • What businesses moving agri goods through the UK Landbridge can expect – a French perspective
  • What steps businesses can take to ensure their goods move efficiently through the ports
  • State bodies and agencies will be present to provide information to help businesses to register as appropriate and/or avail of supports

Seminars will also be held in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Johnstown Castle, Wexford, on 27 September and in Cork on 30 September 2019.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, participated in the Agricultural Shows in Virginia Co Cavan on 21 August and in Tullamore on the 11 August.  Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine were on hand to register agri-food businesses and provide information on practical supports to get Brexit Ready.

Added 30.08.2019

Brexit Preparedness Checklist

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently participated in Brexit Information Sessions organised by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation.  The three regional public outreach events were held in Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal during July 2019 and provided information for local accountants and small business clients. Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine were on hand to register agri-food businesses

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Minister Michael Creed with Department officials at the event in Donegal

 

Minister Michael Creed launched the third iteration of the Bord Bia Brexit Barometer on June 26th, 2019.  The Barometer gives us a measure of our industry’s readiness for Brexit.

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Minister Michael Creed at the launch of the Bord Bia Brexit Barometer

Week Ending - 12 April 2019 

The Department has sharpened its Brexit communications through a series of actions that include:

  • The issuing of National Statements on Government advice for traders of animals and animal products; plant and plant product; and food and food products.
  • The updating of the Brexit webpage to reflect requirements of stakeholders in all possible Brexit scenarios  Preparing for Brexit;
  • The establishment of a dedicated Brexit Call Centre (see below);
  • The issuing of focused Trader Notices to relevant stakeholders;
  • Increased activity in social media and the farming press;
  • Participation in public Brexit seminars, in collaboration with Revenue and FSAI; and
  • Active participation in the reconfiguring and updating by D/Taoiseach gov.ie/Brexit website;

Added 11.03.19

8 April 2019: Following extensive engagement by the Irish Government including direct meetings between Minister Creed and Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Commissioner announced that the EU Commission will intervene to support European farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The support package will include a mix of measures including public intervention, a withdrawal scheme, private storage and targeted aid.  You can read full Commission press release here.

10 April 2019: Following a high level of engagement by Ireland with seven other impacted Member States (France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden) and working closely with DG Mare, including a meeting between Commissioner Vella and Minister Creed earlier this year, the EU Commission issued a Brexit Contingency Plan which sets out how fisheries would be managed in a No Deal Brexit.  You can read more information here

Added 24.04.2019

Minister Creed with Karmenu Vella
EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries