After the transition period ends, there will be changes to how we trade with Britain. However, the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland will be in place. Northern Ireland will remain aligned to a limited set of EU rules, notably those rules related to goods. This will avoid any customs or regulatory checks or controls on the island of Ireland. The detail of how this will work in practice will be decided by the Joint Committee during the transition period.
If you trade with Britain or your supply chain is partly dependent on Britain you may need to take steps to mitigate the impact of Brexit.
Businesses should review their operations to see if they rely on goods or services that come through or from Britain and vice versa. This includes where businesses indirectly source materials, stock, ingredients or any other types of goods though a distributor or wholesaler.
Steps you can take include:
• Where your supply chain does involve the UK, you are advised to make contact with your UK suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors, to seek assurances about the continuity of the goods and services you rely on to do business.
• Check if your non-UK suppliers move goods across the UK landbridge, as there may be delays and cost implications such as supply, customs, tariffs and related impacts.
• You might also consider sourcing your goods or services in Ireland or elsewhere in the EU, if you have any concerns about continuity of your supply chain.
• Contact your British customers to discuss how you will continue to trade after the transition period.