Thursday, 26 September 2019

Questions (26)

James Browne


26. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Finance the steps he has taken to date and 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. [38309/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am informed by Revenue that significant work has been undertaken in preparation for post-Brexit Customs checks at Rosslare Europort. The Office of Public Works are responsible for the delivery of the necessary infrastructure and in preparation for the no-deal scenario, temporary facilities in Rosslare Harbour will include public office facilities, basic driver comfort facilities and exam areas for SPS and Customs controls. OPW are working to provide permanent facilities that will be in place by 1 January 2021

I am advised that Revenue appointed 30 additional staff to Rosslare Europort. These additional staff brought the total Revenue staff in Rosslare Europort to approximately 50. In order to facilitate trade, Revenue will operate extended opening hours to reflect current trade flows through the Europort.

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 Brexit. On 30 January, Revenue, together with Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, hosted a Customs Brexit Information seminar in Wexford town. This provided an opportunity for traders to speak directly with experts across a range of specific Customs themes as well as from other Government Departments and agencies.

In April 2019, Revenue undertook direct engagement with truck drivers at both Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort. Customs Officers provided advice to drivers waiting to embark ferries and on-board a number of sailings. Information leaflets, providing key customs advice for truck drivers were distributed to ensure that drivers understand and are aware of the impact Brexit will have on their journeys. Revenue also made a presentation in Rosslare Europort to the haulage sector outlining the Customs procedures and obligations in relation to the flow of goods through Rosslare Europort. Revenue will continue to support initiatives to support trade preparations for Brexit.