Brexit Preparedness Checklist

From the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.


  • Register with Revenue for an EORI number
  • Understand what is needed to fulfil customers declaration requirements
  • Consider a custom agent/broker or in-house management to complete declarations
  • Consider what authorisations or simplifications about custom procedures might be relevant
  • Determine whether you have to comply with UK customs requirements
  • Identify tariff classification codes for products/ingredients

Other Controls

  • Identify sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls for ingredients/products (agriculture)
  • Register with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or the Environmental Health Service of the HSE (for food of plant origin) for goods/products
  • Ensure that you and your UK suppliers use ISPM 15 standard wood pallets

Supply Chain

  • Map your supply chain to determine Brexit exposure, including route to market
  • Assess how Brexit may impact your ability to supply your customers
  • Seek assurances from your suppliers/distributors to ensure continuity of supply or consider alternatives e.g. changing supplier
  • Examine supply chain costs and possible implications e.g. tariffs, customs normalities and possible transport delays
  • Explore growth opportunities domestically or in other markets

Product Certification

  • Check what product certification you will require for exporting to the UK post-Brexit
  • Prepare for the additional responsibilities you will have as an importer when sourcing products from the UK post-Brexit
  • If you use a UK Notified Body, transfer your product certification to an EU-27 Notified Body
  • Examine if you need to appoint a ‘designated representative’ in the UK or if your UK supplier has appointed an EU ‘authorised representative’.

Cashflow and Currency

  • Know your breakeven €/£ exchange rate for your business with the UK
  • Take steps to reduce your exposure to currency volatility e.g. currency hedging
  • Avail of Government financial supports to help manage your cashflow, e.g. Brexit Loan Scheme


  • Identify your key UK customers and agree on a joint plan to manage Brexit
  • Review contracts with your UK suppliers and customers
  • Develop a plan for the UK market to maintain and grow in the UK