Workshops being held to prepare Carlow companies over potential for customs post-Brexit

Dealing with impacts, formalities and procedures when trading with a country outside Customs Unions

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Brian O'Farrell, chief executive County Carlow Chamber, Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, Fiona O'Neill , Director of Services (Acting), Kathleen Holohan, chief executive Carlow County Council

Carlow companies will have the chance to avail of free workshops on May 22 and June 6 in order to prepare their business for customs delivered by BDO and Export Edge.

These free workshops are open to businesses from all sectors and will cover areas such as what export and import procedures apply, how tariffs work and how to correctly classify goods.

Speaking about the workshops, Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office, said: "While there is a significant focus on supporting companies for Brexit, these workshops have been designed as part of a suite of supports which are around companies being more competitive."

"If the UK leaves the Customs Union and Single Market, it will become a ‘Third Country’ for customs purposes and these practical workshops give companies an opportunity to learn about the potential impacts, formalities and procedures you will need to adopt when trading with a country which is outside the Single Market and Customs Unions (a ‘third country’)."

Outlining the importance of supporting the County Carlow business community, Brian O’Farrell, Chief Executive with County Carlow Chamber said: "The UK will remain an important market for companies across County Carlow, and opportunities will still be there for further trade and collaboration, just the variables will shift as the UK changes its relationship with the EU and for that reason it’s vital for companies to be prepared for these changes."

"The skills from these workshops will also help to prepare businesses for further opportunities globally, allowing them to spread the business risk," he added. 

Speaking about supporting companies for Brexit, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive with Carlow County Council, said: "Carlow County Council are committed to supporting County Carlow based companies in mitigating the potential risks and positioning themselves to take advantage of the opportunities posed by Brexit.

"If you have ambitions to grow your business by scaling your exports, we are also here to support you in your expansion into overseas markets."

This workshop is fully funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland and is delivered by BDO & Export Edge Ireland on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices.

Booking can be done via https://www.localenterprise.ie/Carlow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/