Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
4:00 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

Feedback from our last date

“Information on trader portal / proof of origin was worth it alone, thank you!”

Dorothy Reid, Finance Director

“Excellent conference, very informative and great presentation,Many thanks”

Tom Ryan, Accountant

“Well done to all. Excellent conference”

Enda Fitzpatrick, Procurement Officer

“The whole conference was very informative and helpful”

Jonathan Bennett, Purchasing & Shipping Manager

Due to demand and a number of requests for a third date we are running the “Brexit & Customs Conference” again on 17th November. This virtual conference will cover some of the pertinent issues that are still a cause for concern and new difficulties arising since January 1st  2021.

You will hear from a panel of highly experienced speakers from a number of different backgrounds, on how Brexit can still have a huge impact on your business, from VAT, compliance challenges,customs clearance issues, EU UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK customs clearance process, and ways to potentially suspend or reduce your duties and VAT obligations. We will learn how to deal with port congestion,road haulage implications, data transfers and how to adjust to the new post Brexit reality.

There is still a huge number of issues and uncertainties regarding Brexit and customs, this is a fantastic opportunity to ask direct questions to our speakers on specific issues you are facing, and how Brexit affects you and your business.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Customs and Trade – Adjusting to the new UK trading relationship

Overview Brexit– Where are we now

  • Supplier and Customer Engagement 
  • Importance of Contracts - Roles and Responsibilities 
  • Supply Chain and Areas for Consideration
  • Brexit Checklist 

John O’Loughlin, PwC partner and leader of the Global Trade and Customs team

Customs and trading goods in a post Brexit world – Learnings from the first year of trading goods with the UK

  • Customs clearance options and paying and managing Customs and Import VAT as efficiently as possible.
  • Management of customs and supply chain, tips on how to ensure Customs compliance and keep costs optimised.
  • Customs training and resource building – expertise, processes, and procedures.
  • Enabling exports, what opportunities exists for Irish companies.
  • What to expect next.

Martin Agnew, Director, of ab consulting Ltd

Ciarán McConigley, Director, of ab consulting Ltd

Adjusting to the new Post Brexit trading reality

  • The adjusting Supply Chain
  • New routes to market – Implications for the Irish Supply Chain
  • Implementation of the Trade and Cooperation agreement
  • Issues with the land bridge
  • Key issues faced by FTA Ireland members / Adjusting to the changing trade environment.
  • Trade flows from Northern Ireland
  • New regulatory requirements by the UK and implications for Irish exporters

Aidan Flynn, General Manager, Freight Transport Association Ireland

VAT – EU / UK Trade – Cooperation Agreement – Origin

VAT on Cross-border Services

  • Impact of Brexit and VAT
  • Business to business services
  • The reverse charge
  • Business to consumer services
  • E-commerce and digital services
  • Changes to VAT system

Paul McMahon Principal of McMahon Legal, Solicitors & Tax Consultants

EU UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and Origin

  • Duties and qualifying origin
  • What is qualifying origin?
  • When goods “wholly obtained”?
  • What is “substantial transformation”?
  • What declarations are required?
  • What simplifications are available?
  • What is the registered export scheme?
  • What records do I need to keep?

The long-lasting impact of Brexit on business models

  • Overview of challenges businesses in the UK and the EU faced in 2021, e.g. UK distribution model.
  • Short term solutions: reactively reorganise the business to respond to new customs requirements.
  • Planning for the longer term: how to build, maintain and enhance in-house customs capability.

Jessica Yang, Director, JYX Boarder Consulting

BREXIT & Personal Data Transfers- Will data transfers have to stop?

  • What should we do to continue transferring data to and from the UK?
  • The data transfer landscape generally – GDPR requirements when transferring data outside the EEA

Kate Colleary, Director Pembroke Privacy, Country Leader – IAPP.

Customs Duty and Tax suspension; duty refunds and reductions?

Withholding Tax – Brexit and import/export flow of goods
  • Duty & VAT payment mechanisms for import
  • Ways to suspend, reduce and negate your duties and VAT obligations.
  • in a customs supply chain (using special procedures and temporary admission of goods)
  • Customs financial Guarantees

Customs Clearance process from the UK

  • Overview of the customs entry of goods from the UK to Ireland
  • Responsibilities of the various actors involved in the process
  • Ways to expedite the process and reduce complexity and red tape involved such as
  • Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) benefits in new EU-UK trade agreement
  • Simplified customs procedures

Mr. Brian Murphy, Managing Director, Global Trade Ltd.

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of great interest and benefit to those who want to know how to trade and operate now that BREXIT is a reality. This is a multi-industry event and would be of interest to those in logistics, finance, manufacturing, shipping, government departments, business operations, education and much more.


John O'Loughlin
PwC partner and leader of the Global Trade and Customs team
Martin Agnew
Director of Across Borders Consulting
Ciarán McConigley
Director of Across Borders Consulting
Aidan Flynn
General Manager, Freight Transport Association Ireland
Paul McMahon
Principal of McMahon Legal, Solicitors & Tax Consultants
Jessica Yang
Director, JYX Border Consulting
Kate Colleary
Director of Pembroke Privacy, Country Leader of IAPP
Brian Murphy
Managing Director, Global Trade Ltd


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.