Published on January 11th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Effects of Brexit Start to Bite on Flying Clubs & Schools

On the 31st of December 2020 the Brexit transition period ended and the new terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into force. While this was widely celebrated at the time, the reality for many is that there are now significant barriers to trading with the UK.

In the case of any goods purchased from the UK over the value of €22, Irish VAT becomes payable. This is collected by the delivery company. In the case of DHL, they charge a fee of 2.5% of the value of the goods, with a minimum charge of €14.50. This means that if you purchase a product worth €100, you’ll be charged an additional €37.50 to receive the goods (€23 in VAT and €14.50 in charges). Since 1st January, VAT should not be charged by UK companies exporting goods or services to Ireland.

Including an email address with your order will facilitate receipt of invoices for Clearance and VAT, expediting the process. In the case of DHL, this means any charges can be paid online with a credit card.

Goods valued at more than €150 will also be subject to customs duty. The amount to be charged will vary depending on the nature of the item.

If you intend to import from or export to the UK, you will need a unique EORI (Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification) number. The EORI number allows businesses to import or export with countries outside the European Union. The EORI number is a unique reference number recognised by all EU member states and is a requirement on all customs declarations. The EORI must appear on invoices to avoid any customs delays.

Pilot equipment supplier Pooleys has released this statement on the matter.

For more information about Brexit and its impact on your club or business, see the Enterprise Ireland website that has been dedicated to Brexit –

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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