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Companies encouraged to seek supports in order to prepare for Brexit

28 September 2020

Companies encouraged to seek supports in order to prepare for Brexit

Companies encouraged to seek supports in order to prepare for Brexit

 

  • Companies urged to sign up for Clear Customs programme to ensure they can manage customs changes coming on January 1
  • Clear Customs is available immediately to eligible businesses free of charge and is delivered through a new mobile app and virtual classroom training sessions.
  • Clear Customs programme named Best Not for Profit Collaboration or Partnership at the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2020

 

Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins today encouraged Irish businesses to upskill their workforce to prepare for the increased customs regulations that will be needed from January 1, 2021.

 

The Minister was highlighting the support available through Skillnet Ireland’s Clear Customs programme, recently launched in conjunction with the Government’s ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ campaign. Clear Customs is an online training programme to support Irish businesses deal with increased customs requirements as a result of Brexit.

 

Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins TD said: “The government are sending out a strong message to businesses that no matter what, change will happen on Jan 1st and businesses must prepare now. Over 90,000 Irish businesses trade with or through Great Britain every year. The Clear Customs programme is designed to address the needs of each of those businesses. It supports skills development that will help prepare your business for Brexit, and support future growth.”

 

Clear Customs is an initiative to support affected Irish companies develop the capacity to deal with the additional customs requirements that will be needed from January 1, 2021. Businesses, trading either with or through Great Britain, will be subject to a range of new customs and regulatory requirements from that date. It is estimated that the number of customs declarations required will increase, from 1.6 million annually, to 20 million after the UK’s departure from the Customs Unions and Single Market. 

 

Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive Paul Healy said: Since its launch on 10 September there have been over 750 applications from companies for the Clear Customs programme. We want to increase the reach of the programme to those businesses that are not yet prepared for the changes underway. The Clear Customs course is comprehensive in the information provided and learning outcomes achieved. To ensure they have enough time to complete the course, which is 5 weeks in duration, we would urge companies to sign up sooner rather than later. The clock is ticking, the support is there so don’t wait.”

 

The Clear Customs training programme is targeted at Irish businesses, or others acting on behalf of businesses such as customs intermediaries.  The initiative, which is being made available immediately to eligible businesses free of charge, together with customs agents and intermediaries, is delivered through a new mobile app and virtual classroom training sessions.

 

Mick Curran, CEO of CILT said: “We are seeing applications to the Clear Customs programme from a range of sectors but the majority of applicants come from those industries that will be most hit by Brexit and therefore will most benefit from this programme. Fourteen percent of the applicants are from businesses in the logistics/transport/haulage sector, 16% are in manufacturing while 12% come from the retail sector. We are calling on businesses across these sectors and others to sign up today.”

 

The Clear Customs initiative is led by Skillnet Ireland, supported by the Government’s ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ campaign, responding to the growing skills needs of Irish businesses because of Brexit. For information on other Government support available for businesses visit www.gov.ie

 

The Skillnet Ireland Clear Customs programme, delivered by CILT Skillnet, was recently awarded the Best Not for Profit Collaboration or Partnership at the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2020. Clear Customs was designed in collaboration with key industry bodies in the trade and logistics sector, and this award reflects their focus on quality assurance and delivering concrete value to businesses.

 

 

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UK Reveals Plans for up to 10 Inland Border Sites to Cope with Brexit Chaos

Sites being acquired as part of efforts to avoid long lorry queues at ports such as Dover

The government has announced plans for up to 10 inland sites to cope with Brexit congestion and border checks including in Birmingham, Warrington and at a former airfield near Epping Forest in Essex.

The inland border sites are being acquired to relieve ports including at Dover and Liverpool and could be in place for up to two years, according to one of the councils where the planning process for infrastructure has already begun.

Among the proposed sites is a second facility for Ashford in Kent, adjacent to the recently acquired “Mojo” lorry park that will enable “about 2,000 HGVs” to queue on the coast-bound carriageway while other traffic continues to flow in both directions.

The details were disclosed in a long-awaited update on the government’s border operating model and are part of the plan to avert congestion and queues of up to 7,000 trucks in Kent.

On Wednesday Michael Gove, in charge of implementing Brexit, said of the potential for chaos in Kent: “If things do go wrong, then to paraphrase Rag’n’Bone Man – put the blame on me.”

The document sets out new rules for border controls for travelling with EU member state national ID cards, no longer acceptable from 2021 when passports will be mandatory for entry to the UK.

It also confirms that hauliers will need a “Kent access permit” to get into the county if they are heading for a ferry in Dover or a Eurotunnel train in Folkestone as part of congestion management.

The government says it will be putting new infrastructure in place at Ebbsfleet international station in Kent, North Weald airfield in Essex and Warrington in the north-west.

Along with the second Ashford site – which would be used for processes around transit including “passport for goods” checks – two further sites are being considered primarily for the same processes in Thames Gateway and Birmingham. Additional potential sites could be put in place by July next year in Holyhead, Fishguard/Pembroke and Dover.

Industry leaders including the Road Haulage Association, which Gove has accused of not being “constructive”, welcomed the report.

The government had identified 29 areas last month for potential use for border infrastructure but has already stood some of these boroughs down. Medway council in Kent said it had been notified by the government that land in its area would not be needed.

Anglesey council has already rejected an approach

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