A new Customs Training Workshop to help companies with importing and exporting when the UK leave the European Union is being run by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow.
The course, which is free and is taking place on Monday, May 13 in Wicklow County Campus, Clermont House, Rathnew. It is open to all small businesses and business people in the region who may be directly or indirectly affected by Brexit.
The workshop, which is an initiative of the Government of Ireland being delivered by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow, will help businesses understand all elements of dealing with the UK as a 'third country' outside of the EU single market. This includes administration around imports and export, customs formalities at borders, tariffs and the possible knock on effect of these tariffs and import procedures such as Electronic Declaration process and Automated Entry Processing.
Vibeke Delahunt Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Wicklow said; 'The Local Enterprise Offices have been working closely with their 7,000 client companies ever since Brexit was announced in 2016. Each one of our companies has been contacted directly in relation to Brexit supports and in 2018 we had over 4,000 attendees at Local Enterprise Office Brexit information events. These Customs Training Workshops provide practical information to these businesses to ensure when the UK leaves the European Union, there are no shocks for them. We would say that any small business that has yet to plan for Brexit, it is not too late and the door of your Local Enterprise Office is open to help you plan for this year and beyond.'
The Customs Training Workshops are just one strand of the supports that the Local Enterprise Offices have supplied to their clients on behalf of Government across the country since Brexit was announced in 2016. This includes scorecards from Enterprise Ireland to evaluate exposure, financial support to trade online, Brexit loans, grants to support exporting into new markets and LEAN programmes to increase company performance, competitiveness and resilience.
The Customs Training Workshops were officially launched in February by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., to aid all small businesses deal with customs procedures ahead of the UK leaving the EU single market.
To secure a place on the Customs Training Workshop head to Local Enterprise Office Wicklow's website www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/.