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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (46, 193)

Ruairí Ó Murchú

Question:

46. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the communication he has had with An Post given the proximity to Christmas and the potential delays the postal system faces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53700/21]

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Ruairí Ó Murchú

Question:

193. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the details of any engagements he has had with the British Government, EU Commission and or the Revenue Commissioners in relation to Brexit difficulties which have impacted on persons receiving packages. [50873/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 193 together.

Revenue, as Ireland’s Tax and Customs administration, is responsible for controlling the importation and exportation of goods in accordance with the European Union Customs Code and relevant national legislation. This includes goods being imported through the postal system.

The issue raised by the Deputy in relation to the receipt of packages is an operational matter for the Board and management of An Post. The company engages directly with Revenue to adapt to the implementation of a new Customs regime and consequences of Brexit in line with the statutory mandates of both organisations.

An Post is treating this issue with the utmost importance and is working closely with Irish Customs, Royal Mail and other non-EU carriers to help minimise any delays and reduce backlogs. In addition the company has worked very closely with its largest non-EU, including UK, e-tailer customers to ensure full compliance and to ensure an efficient and effective parcel service for Irish consumers. The company is also providing advice to customers and consumers on this matter and an extensive communications campaign is underway to support and inform customers.

My officials have been regularly updated by An Post on this matter and continue to liaise with colleagues in other Government Department and agencies on all matters relating to Brexit and associated issues.

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