The IFSA BREXIT Briefing took place on 12th November. The session, opened by Robert Troy TD, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, explored the supports available to Foodservice operators as the prepare for the challenges that January 1st will bring. Aspects of the supply chain, logistics and customs clearance systems that will be impacted by BREXIT and the UK perspective on BREXIT and trade policy we also covered.
Minister of State Robert Troy gave a summary of the current situation with regard to BREXIT negotiations and the outlook for companies preparing for January 1st.
Alan Winters, Professor of Economics, University of Sussex, a leading specialist on the empirical and policy analysis of international trade, including that of Europe and of developing countries, outlined the impacts of a HARD v's SOFT BREXIT, the possibility of a border in the island of Ireland and how would it work.
Derek Dunne, Managing Director Manifests Ireland looked at the mechanics of customs and tariffs - What to do - Who to contact and what the exposure might be companies using incorrect tariff codes.
Tom Thornton, Managing Director, Wells Cargo next addressed the impact of supply chain changes, likely delays and how to avoid them. He also looked at alternative routes to the UK landbridge which should be considered by Irish businesses.
Finally, Emer O’Byrne, Senior Executive with the Brexit Unit at Enterprise Ireland gave an overview of government and state supports and Training. She outlined what check lists operators should refer to over the coming 6 weeks and the supports that are accessible to Irish business and how to avail of them.