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November 6, 2020

Customs Compliance & Trade Facilitation Programme

The last two years have seen many changes and challenges to how Ireland trades with the rest of the world. The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union will likely place a significant financial and administrative burden on Irish businesses trading with or through the UK. The best we can hope for is a trade deal with few or no tariffs. The worst-case could significantly damage Irish businesses and the economy. No matter what the outcome, increased customs administration is a certainty.

Building on the delivery of the Clear Customs programme in 2019, CILT Skillnet and IT Carlow have developed a new Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation Programme.

Trade Facilitation measures will be a key part of any new EU-UK Free Trade Agreement after Brexit. Many organisations are losing out on valuable cost savings and increased efficiency in their global supply chains as they are unfamiliar with trade facilitation measures.

Rather than focusing on the completion of customs declarations, this new programme will upskill businesses in the areas of customs compliance and trade facilitation, focusing on the simplifications and harmonisation of import and export processes. This will facilitate the expedition of goods across international borders and reduce the many costs associated with it.

The Union Customs Code Implementing Act states criteria for applicants for AEO status in relation to practical standards and professional qualification. The AEO or the person in charge of the AEO’s customs matters must have either a minimum of 3 years proven practical experience in customs matters or successfully completed a recognised customs training programme. Up to very recently, no approved customs training programme existed in Ireland.

This programme has been recognised by Revenue as meeting the criteria specified under Article 27(1) UCC IA. This programme will be accepted by Revenue Control Officers as an approved training programme when assessing an applicant for AEO status.

2021 Courses:


Course 1 – Commencing 11 January 2021 – 10 x half-day sessions (Mid-week) FULLY BOOKED



Course 2 – Commencing 30 January 2021 – 5 x full-day sessions (Saturdays) LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE



Course 3 – Commencing 23 February 2021 – 10 x half-day sessions (Mid-week) FULLY BOOKED



If you would like to be kept up to date on developments in this programme and be notified first of future courses you can register your interest via the link below.







The programme brochure can be downloaded below.


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