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FTA Ireland signs customs deal

[ September 22, 2020   //   ]

FTA Ireland (FTAI) has signed a partnership with clearance agent Declaron, management consultancy BDO and outsourcing specialist Fexco to manage customs processes and provide end-to-end customs support after Brexit. The service offers full end-to-end support, interfacing with the relevant authorities to ensure smooth customs clearance, as well as managing the new, stricter sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements.

FTAI general manager Aidan Flynn said: “Irrespective of the outcome of EU-UK negotiations, from 1 January 2021, the rules of the single market and the customs union will no longer apply to the UK. A range of customs formalities and other regulatory requirements will be in place for goods that move through, or to and from, Ireland and Britain.”

He added: “The team at Declaron are among the best customs clearance solution providers in the business; we are looking forward to working with them and making the new customs requirements as painless as possible for Irish companies trading with, or through, Britain.” 

BDO customs and trade partner Carol Lynch, commented: “With only 15 weeks to go until the big day, we’d strongly recommend Irish businesses put in place a timeline and ensure all applications for customs authorisations are submitted by the end of this month. Businesses need to be sure they’ve agreed their delivery terms with customers and suppliers, have a high-quality customs agent, and arranged customs training on the information required to complete declarations. We’ve built Declaron with these challenges in mind, so your dedicated person doesn’t need to be a complete expert in customs – our system takes a lot of the stress out and give your business peace of mind.”

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