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Introduction

There are several sectors in Ireland that tend to have a high level of imports from the UK and 32% of goods imports come from the UK which is higher than any other EU country.  Sectors such as agri-food and pharmaceutical-chemical sectors will likely experience potential disruption to supply chains particularly as the UK is a transit country between Ireland and the EU.  EU law stipulates that businesses have specific responsibilities in accordance to where they are situated in the supply chain (e.g. manufacturer, importer, wholesale distributor, etc.).  

Supply Chain and Logistics

The more prepared businesses are for Brexit, the greater possibility there will be for steps to be taken to limit the disruption caused.  If you receive products from the UK, you should assess your responsibilities under EU law now.  It is likely that post-Brexit, if you buy goods from the UK you will be considered as an importer for the purposes of EU product legislation.  This means will you will have another set of obligations under EU law depending on the sector. 

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If you have a question, please feel free to email us on brexitunit@nsai.ie