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Key Messages


Brexit is happening and things are going to change

  • The UK is leaving the EU, so regardless of the kind of future trading relationship agreed between the EU and the UK, there will be customs procedures and regulatory requirements along agri-food supply chains. These are likely to give rise to additional costs and processing times.  

Government is working to minimise friction and disruption

  • The Government’s objective in the negotiations is to secure trading arrangements in the future that are as close as possible to those that pertain today. From a fisheries perspective, the Government is also working to ensure that current access to UK waters, as well as sharing arrangements in relation to fish stocks, are maintained post-Brexit.


Know your markets and supply chains, and plan accordingly

  • If you export agri-food products to the UK, review your supply chain and avail of the advice and supports from agencies such as Bord Bia, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Enterprise Ireland on issues that you will need to consider in preparing for Brexit (for example, potential customs requirements and market diversification options).

Know the Legislative Requirements

  • Compliance with new regulatory requirements may become necessary in respect of exports to the UK post-Brexit. Although this is not currently planned by the UK for many regulated products, be aware of developments in this area and of the implications for your business.
  • If you import agri-food products (animals, plants, food, feed, germinal products or animal by-products) from the UK, you will need to comply with EU regulations governing imports of such products from Third countries, as well as in relation to wood packaging material.
  • EU Regulations will require such products to come from approved countries and establishments listed to export to the EU, to be accompanied by health or phytosanitary certificates in the majority of cases, and to be presented for checking at a designated Border Control Post (BCPs). Under the new legislation current Border Inspections Posts (BIPs) will be referred to as Border Control Posts (BCPs)
  • Other, more specific, rules may also apply, depending on the category of goods or animals. Further details in this regard may be obtained from DAFM, and from the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.



Maintain focus on efficiency

  • Brexit underlines the need for producers to continue to maximise efficiency, including by availing of the various supports under schemes operated by the DAFM, as well as the low-cost financing facilities that are being made available through financial institutions.