Customs and Logistics is the single biggest Brexit challenge facing Irish business according to an Enterprise Ireland survey which took place at its Dublin Brexit Advisory Clinic in June.
Almost half (49%) of the respondents to the audience participation poll ranked Customs and Logistics as their greatest concern. This was followed by Financial and Currency Management at 19% and Market Diversification at 13%.
To help deal with these challenges, Enterprise Ireland has set up a €5k Be Prepared Grant to support Customs and Logistics training for client companies. Four further events are planned as part of Enterprise Ireland’s series of nationwide Brexit Advisory Clinics advising Irish companies on the supports available to help them address their Brexit exposure.
The clinics, which include one-to-one meetings with independent experts, will continue in Galway (Tuesday 2nd October), Dundalk (Monday 22nd October), Waterford (Thursday 8th November) and Limerick (Wednesday 21st November).
Companies will be briefed on the broad implications of Brexit, specifically around customs, strategic sourcing, financial management, employment law and the movement of people.
Speaking this week, Brexit Unit Manager at Enterprise Ireland, Jonathan McMillan said, "Enterprise Ireland is actively supporting Irish companies on a daily basis to respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit, including issues such as Customs and Logistics. The uncertainty around outcomes of the Brexit negotiations continues, so it is imperative that companies take the necessary steps to reduce risk and ensure they are more innovative and competitive, and to diversify into new markets, to steer through the challenges ahead."