Owen Cooke of transport group Independent Express. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stockpiling for Christmas, the Covid-19 pandemic and to avoid the January disruption from new post-Brexit customs arrangements have led to shortages o(...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel gestures during a news conference after his meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Reuters

You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. UK prime minister Boris Johnson likened himself and the UK to the Incredible Hulk this week in their collective(...)

Dublin Port: Traders must complete an export declaration for the UK, an import declaration for the Irish Revenue Commissioners and a safety and security declaration for the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Traders importing and exporting goods to and from the UK are “still quite far away” from being ready to deal with Brexit, the head of a group represen(...)

Owen Cooke, chairman of transport group Independent Express and the Pallet Network storage, at North West Business Park in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owen Cooke has been fielding some tall orders from businesses in recent times. Brexit and the prospect of delays moving goods through Irish and Briti(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  makes a Brexit statement at Government Buildings. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this week continued efforts to coax British MPs towards a consensus that might solve the Brexit impasse, when he insisted Brita(...)

‘Unfortunately, some [businesses] will react by postponing any preparations.’ Photograph: Revenue

Businesses will be reluctant to recruit staff for Brexit because of the uncertainty around the timing of the UK’s departure despite last week’s six-mo(...)

The number of customs, safety and security, and transit declarations filled out after Brexit may surge from five million annually to about 50 million if the UK crashes out.

Up to 3,000 extra customs agents and a €50 million fund to train them will be required to process the surge in the volume of declarations on traded go(...)