Friday, 6 September 2019

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Robert Troy

Question:

753. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of prepare your business for customs initial workshops that have taken place up to 31 August 2019; the approximate number of persons and businesses that have taken part; and the customs awareness and higher-level customs clearance training and advice for third country trading in place for SMEs by county in tabular form. [36844/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

In relation to customs preparations, the “Prepare your business for customs” one-day interactive workshop is run regionally by the Local Enterprise Offices. These customs workshops educate business on the potential impacts, formalities and procedures firms need to adopt when trading with a country which is outside the Single Market and Customs Union (‘Third Country’). The workshops are open to businesses from all sectors. These workshops cover areas such as export and import procedures, tariffs and how to correctly classify goods in that regard.

The Local Enterprise Office customs awareness training has been ongoing since February of this year.  To date there have been 44 workshops, with 675 participants.  Furthermore, there are 27 further events currently planned. Details of LEO customs awareness training, the numbers participating at each event, and planned events to end of year are attached.  Businesses can book their place on the up coming workshops by contacting their Local Enterprise Office at www.localenterprise.ie/Brexit.

Enterprise Ireland also run an online Customs Insights course which helps businesses understand the key customs concepts, documentation and processes required to move goods from, to and through the UK. The course provides learners with a firm understanding of the customs implications for their business and the options from Revenue to make this process more efficient.  As of 30 August 2019, there were 1,565 participants on the Customs Insights Course.

In addition, my Department and the Department of Education and Skills, through a joint initiative by Skillnet and EI launched a new €5m customs recruitment and training initiative, Clear Customs. This initiative will boost the number of specialists by 500 in customs agents and businesses. The initiative offers a free customs training programme provided through Skillnet and a financial support payment from Enterprise Ireland to assist with the costs of recruiting and assigning staff to customs roles in addition to necessary Customs IT requirements.

The following table refers to the LEO customs workshops that have taken place up to the 31st August 2019.

Local Enterprise Office

Trainer

Date

No of Participants

1

Cavan

BDO

25-Feb-19

25

2

Cork

BDO

08-Mar-19

14

3

Dublin

BDO

13-Mar-19

22

4

Portlaoise

BDO

21-Mar-19

12

5

Donegal

BDO

27-Mar-19

32

6

Meath

Export Edge

09-Apr-19

26

7

Donegal

BDO

16-Apr-19

16

8

Monaghan

BDO

23-Apr-19

18

9

South Dublin

BDO

24-Apr-19

10

10

DLR

Export Edge

25-Apr-19

8

11

Westmeath

Export Edge

29-Apr-19

14

12

Cork City

Export Edge

01-May-19

8

13

Donegal

BDO

01-May-19

12

14

Kilkenny

BDO

02-May-19

Postponed to June 21st

15

Wexford

Export Edge

03-May-19

14

16

Westmeath

BDO

07-May-19

12

17

Offaly

Export Edge

09-May-19

9

18

Mayo & Roscommon

Export Edge

10-May-19

13

19

Wicklow

BDO

13-May-19

22

20

Limerick & Clare

BDO

14-May-19

12

21

Longford

Export Edge

16-May-19

11

22

Kildare

Export Edge

17-May-19

13

23

Meath

BDO

20-May-19

4

24

Fingal

KGH

21-May-19

18

25

Leitrim

Export Edge

21-May-19

15

26

Carlow

BDO

22-May-19

11

27

Dublin City

Export Edge

22-May-19

4

28

Kerry

BDO

23-May-19

19

29

Sligo

BDO

24-May-19

6

30

Fingal

Export Edge

30-May-19

17

31

Mayo

KGH

30-May-19

13

32

Carlow

Export Edge

06-Jun-19

Postponed

33

Galway

Export Edge

11-Jun-19

16

34

Louth

BDO

12-Jun-19

17

35

Meath

BDO

18-Jun-19

23

36

Monaghan

Export Edge

18-Jun-19

24

37

Kilkenny

BDO

21-Jun-19

14

38

Wicklow

BDO

26-Jun-19

17

39

Cavan

BDO

16-Jul-19

24

40

Meath

BDO

17-Jul-19

13

41

Monaghan

KGH

23-Jul-19

35

42

Cavan

BDO

15-Aug-19

22

43

Meath

BDO

20-Aug-19

22

44

Longford

BDO

20-Aug-19

18

45

Louth

Export Edge

03-Sep-19

46

Monaghan

KGH

03-Sep-19

47

Westmeath

KGH

04-Sep-19

48

Kildare

Export Edge

05-Sep-19

49

Fingal

06-Sep-19

50

Cavan

BDO

09-Sep-19

51

Sligo

KGH

10-Sep-19

52

Wicklow

11-Sep-19

53

Waterford

Export Edge

13-Sep-19

54

Waterford

Export Edge

13-Sep-19

55

Mayo

BDO

20-Sep-19

56

Carlow

Export Edge

23-Sep-19

57

Donegal

Export Edge

25-Sep-19

58

Longford

BDO

26-Sep-19

59

DLR

Export Edge

30-Sep-19

60

Cork City

BDO

04-Oct-19

61

Fingal

Export Edge

04-Oct-19

62

Leitrim

Export Edge

08-Oct-19

63

Tipperary

KGH

08-Oct-19

64

Louth

KGH

09-Oct-19

65

Wicklow

09-Oct-19

66

Mayo

BDO

10-Oct-19

67

Fingal

Export Edge

11-Oct-19

68

Cork North & West

Export Edge

25-Oct-19

69

Cork North & West

Export Edge

30-Oct-19

70

Cork North & West

Export Edge

06-Nov-19

71

Cork North & West

Export Edge

11-Nov-19