Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (172)

James Browne


172. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Finance the steps he has taken to date and that he plans to take in preparation for post-Brexit customs checks at ports here, specifically Rosslare Europort; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32180/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that significant work has been undertaken in preparation for post Brexit customs formalities at Rosslare Europort. The Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for the delivery of the infrastructure necessary. As part of the contingency plan for a no-deal scenario, temporary facilities are in place in Rosslare Harbour including public office facilities, basic driver comfort facilities and exam areas for SPS and customs controls. OPW are currently working on the provision of permanent facilities to replace the temporary facilities for a no deal scenario.

I am advised by Revenue that the necessary additional staff and resources are in place to facilitate trade at the Port, post Brexit. Revenue have confirmed that they will operate extended opening hours 7 days per week to accommodate trade flows through Rosslare Europort.

As part of preparations for Brexit Revenue has engaged directly with trade and business to provide advice and support in relation to the changes that will occur as a result of UK exit. An extensive trader engagement program was undertaken by Revenue and specifically a number of events were held in Wexford in 2019. The outreach included a seminar in Wexford town and a presentation to the haulage sector at Rosslare Europort.

In April 2019 Revenue undertook direct engagement with truck drivers at Rosslare Europort. Customs Officers provided advice to drivers waiting to embark ferries and also provided advice on-board a number of sailings to and from Rosslare. Information leaflets, providing key customs advice for truck drivers were distributed to ensure that drivers are aware and understand the impact Brexit will have on their journeys.