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Non-Tariff Barriers

Non-tariff barriers result from policy measures other than tariffs that can potentially have an economic effect on international trade in goods, changing quantities traded, prices or both. They can be:

  1. Technical – sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labelling, standards and quality requirements on products, pre-shipment inspections and other custom formalities.Consider what would happen to your business if any technical non-tariff barriers were applied or changed?

    How might customs costs and possible delays affect your business?

    Do you know which EU regulations and measures currently apply to your product(s)?

  2. Non-technical
    • Rules of Origin – rules of origin cover laws and regulations applied by the government of importing countries to determine the country of origin of imported goods. For goods originating from outside the EU Customs Union (either final or intermediate), rules of origin (RoO) certification is required each time it crosses the customs border. RoO are verified through a Certificate of Origin issued by Chambers of Commerce and can cost in the region of £25.00 for Chamber members and £50.00 for non-members per shipment in Northern Ireland. In Ireland the costs vary depending on your local chamber and can range from €20 for members to €40 for non-members.Consider how many shipments you may have which cross the border annually.

      How might the additional cost affect your business?

      How will disruptions in the movement of goods affect your supply chain?

      Are you currently a Chamber of Commerce member?

    • Intellectual Property – Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) such as patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights or geographical indications enable European inventors, creators and businesses to prevent unauthorised exploitation of their creations.Have you taken a recent audit of your patents, trademarks and copyrights?

      Consider: will I need to update trademarks and patents?

      Unitary patents may change with the UPC Agreement in December 2017. Have you taken a recent audit of your patents, trademarks and copyrights?

      Are there steps you can take now to ensure protection in the event of a ‘no deal’?

    • Data protection – The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU on the 25th May 2018 and will continue to apply to UK companies who process data in ways that bring them within its scope post Brexit.Do you know what customer and 3rd party data is held by your business, where is it and who owns it?

      How important is this data and should any action be taken around it?
      Will Brexit affect ownership or use of licensing of the data?