Launch of Clear Customs online training platform to prepare businesses for customs changes

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Clear Customs is an online training programme initiative by Skillnet Ireland to support Irish businesses post-Brexit

Skillnet Ireland, in conjunction with the Government’s ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ campaign, is launching Clear Customs, an online training programme to support Irish businesses deal with increased customs requirements as a result of Brexit. The programme is provided free of cost.

By the end of 2020, businesses, trading either with or through Great Britain, will be subject to a range of new customs formalities and other regulatory requirements. It is estimated that the number of declarations required will increase, from 1.6m annually at present, to an estimated 20m after the UK’s departure from the Customs Unions and Single Market. These changes will happen regardless of the outcome of the ongoing negotiations and businesses will find it increasingly challenging, without the necessary arrangements in place or required skills in-house, to deal with these additional responsibilities.

Designed in collaboration with key industry bodies in the trade and logistics sector, Clear Customs is an initiative to support affected Irish companies develop the capacity to deal with the additional requirements that will be needed from January 1st, 2021. The programme, developed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), will be delivered by CILT Skillnet as part of the Government’s ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ initiative.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said: “No matter what happens at the end of the year, free trade agreement or no free trade agreement, things are going to be different.  The UK will no longer be in the Single Market or Customs Union and there will be increased bureaucracy and costs for business. We want to minimise it and make the transition as seamless as we can. Making sure your business is prepared for any changes to customs is a crucial part of getting ready. This online training programme from Skillnet Ireland is part of an overall package we have put in place to help businesses at this critical time.”

Read full article and further information here: Skillnet, Launch Of Clear Customs Online Training Platform To Prepare Businesses For Customs Changes

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