Exporting to Ireland after EU Exit if there’s no deal

Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Ireland if we leave the EU with no deal.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the UK government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the government is continuing with no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no-deal scenario

The UK government has confirmed a unilateral, temporary approach to checks, processes and tariffs to do all we can to avoid a hard border.

The UK government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, including no customs requirements for nearly all goods.

Because these are unilateral measures, they only mitigate the impact of exit that are within the UK government’s control.

These measures do not set out the position in respect of tariffs or processes to be applied to goods moving from Northern Ireland to Ireland.

Trade agreement

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will not have a Free Trade Agreement with the EU or any individual member countries, including Ireland.

Tariffs and quotas

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU’s Most Favoured Nation terms will apply to exports to the EU.

Exporting goods

You may need to use the same processes for exporting to EU countries that apply when exporting to the rest of the world.

Controlled goods

The export licensing regulations for controlled goods will be affected.

Controlled goods include:

  • military items
  • dual-use items (items with both civil and military uses)
  • firearms

Find out how export licensing for controlled goods will change.

Professional services

If you are providing services in Ireland you will need to be aware of rules regarding:

  • cross-border trade
  • establishing and structuring your business
  • business travel and visa requirements
  • recognition of professional qualifications
  • data protection


Sanctions and embargoes

Exports of certain categories of product to some countries are subject to embargoes or sanctions.


Get in touch with DIT:

  • to find a trade office near you
  • for EU Exit enquiries
  • for support with exporting from the UK

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Published 25 April 2019