Businesses, and especially SMEs, have been alerted of the need to actively claim the zero-tariff rate on UK origin goods.
The Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, said that under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, tariff duties are eliminated for trade between the EU and the UK where the relevant rules on origin are met.
The "preferential", or zero tariff rate, applies on imported goods from the UK, once the relevant "rules on origin" are met.
These rules seek to ensure that the goods are principally composed of UK inputs.
Exporters should provide a "Statement on Origin" as required by the TCA on an invoice or any other document that describes the product in enough detail to identify that product.
Those with consignments greater than €6,000 must register on the Revenue's Registered Exporters System (REX system).
Alternatively, they can supply the UK importer with supporting documents or records including those provided by the manufacturer so that the UK importer is in a position to prove EU origin based on importer’s knowledge.
"The agreement reached by the EU and the UK is a welcomed step in the right direction to build a new relationship with our closest trading partner, providing for zero tariffs and no quotas (limits on the volumes of goods that can be imported," Damien English said.
"While this is really welcome for Irish businesses who have longstanding importing relationships with UK suppliers, it's important to note there are operating requirements to avail of the zero rate," Mr English said.
"Importers must show the goods they are importing are proven to be UK in origin as required by the Rules of Origin in the Agreement and actively claim the zero rate," he added.
To help businesses understand the implications of customs, including rules of origin, there is a range of free supports available from Government Departments and agencies.
Revenue has information available on their website and have a dedicated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), along with dedicated webinars available to firms.
"The UK remains an important trading partner for Ireland and, therefore, I encourage all businesses importing or exporting to the UK to avail of Government supports to maximise the benefit of the new trade agreement," Mr English said.