February 15, 2021
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD have confirmed Brexit customs supports will be extended to businesses for the first quarter of the year.
Today’s announcement has been welcomed by Cavan/Monaghan TD and Minister for Social Protection and Community and Rural Development Heather Humphreys who has praised the nearly 200 (198) participants who have taken or are currently undertaking Clear Customs training in counties Cavan and Monaghan respectively.
Since the beginning of this year, businesses, trading either with or through Great Britain, are subject to a range of new customs formalities and other regulatory requirements.
These supports offer virtual training for staff on how to effectively complete a customs declaration and avoid the challenges.
The Ministers also announced a new 2-day online specialised course for those directly involved in the agriculture import and export sector, created in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
Speaking today, Minister Heather Humphreys said: "Brexit has brought many challenges for businesses in Cavan and Monaghan and we know there are many people were confronted by the harsh realities of it on January1st when custom checks were implemented.
"This training is invaluable for local companies in the border region who continue to or intend to do import or export goods in or out of the UK. Things have changed following Brexit, and it's vital for businesses and their staff to be aware of the changes, and to ensure that they know what to do when it comes to documentation and customs declarations.”
Over 3,000 people have undertaken or are in the process of undertaking the "Clear Customs" training to date. 118 participants in County Monaghan and 79 in County Cavan have taken or are currently undertaking Clear Customs training.