With the Brexit deadline of October 31 fast approaching, Wexford businesses are being urged to prepare in every way that they can.
Research has indicated that groups deemed to have a lower levelled of preparedness for Brexit, are smaller businesses, construction, hauliers, manufacturing, agrifood and independent retail shops.
As part of the Getting Ireland Brexit Ready plan, the government has highlighted nine key steps that all businesses, large or small, can take now to help prepare for the UK's departure from the EU.
The nine recommended steps are as follows; understand the new rules for UK importing and exporting, review your supply chain and UK market strategy, be aware of possible changes to transport and logistics, review your contracts and data management, manage your cash flow, currency and make sure your banking is in order, review all your certification, regulation and licensing, protect and inform your staff, ensure you are maximising Government Brexit programmes and supports and know more about the impact to your sector.
It is also noted that if your business trades with a non EU country, you will need a unique Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number with more information on this available through the Revenue Commission by visiting revenue.ie.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney said that Brexit preparations is of highest priority across government.
'If anyone is concerned about Brexit and the impact it may have on their daily life or their business, go to www.gov.ie/brexit which has advice on how to start preparing. As the likelihood of a no deal Brexit increases, this would have profound implications for Ireland on all levels. These include macroeconomic, trade and sectoral challenges, both immediately and in the longer term.
'It is only by government, businesses and citizens working together that we can aim to mitigate as far as possible the impacts of a no deal Brexit, and ensure that we are as prepared as we can be for the changes it will bring,' he said.
The Food Safety Authority said that it is committed to ensuring ongoing compliance with food legislation throughout the process of Brexit, and will be publishing guidelines and updates on food safety on its website. Queries on Brexit in relation to food safety issues should be submitted to email@example.com.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has warned that agrifood businesses must register with Revenue and his Department.
'Businesses that move animals, wood, plants or such products should make sure they know what documents to submit and decide who is going to be responsible for this, either you or a customs agent,' he said.