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Welcome to the latest edition of Dublin Chamber Weekly. This week's issue has a special focus on the work of the Chamber's Enterprise Europe Network.


Plus, there are details of all our upcoming virtual events and lots of member company news.


We hope you enjoy it and please let us know if you would like some of your own company's news featured in Dublin Chamber Weekly.

Brexit: Preparing for New UK Import Controls ¦ 1st April & 1st July



On the 1st April, the UK will introduce new import controls on certain goods, including a range of animal and plant products. This will mean that, in addition to the necessary customs formalities, Irish exporters exporting to the UK need to have their UK importer pre-notify the UK authorities of these goods, get the appropriate Export Health Certificate(s) from the Irish authorities and move the goods together with the Export Health Certificates(s).


In order to reduce the impact on Irish exporters, it is imperative to examine supply chains and organise the correct export/import documents needed. For more information click here.

8 Things you Need to Know About CETA


The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been in place since autumn 2017. Three years into the Agreement, we can already see some of the huge benefits the Agreement has brought to European and Canadian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The Agreement covers a vast range of aspects including:

  • Labour mobility 
  • Investment
  • Procurement 

Read more on these and the other befits of CETA below. 

The 8 key benefits that CETA provides for European and Canadian SMEs are as follows:


Goods (e.g. tariffs) – CETA removes 98% of all tariffs that were previously in place. This will save companies billions in euros/dollars and allows SMEs a much easier and more competitive entry into each other’s respective markets. Consumers, on the other hand, benefit from more competition and a broader choice of products.


Labour mobility – CETA introduced a concept called Temporary Entry. This makes it easier for short-term business visitors, intra-company transferees, investors, contract service suppliers, and independent professionals to conduct business in Canada and vice versa.


Investment – The trade agreement removed caps for foreign investments. It further allows EU investors to transfer their capital in Canada back to the EU, and vice versa. In addition, CETA established predictable rules that govern and protect investments. For example, CETA prohibits Canada from discriminating against EU investors in favour of Canadian investors or investors from a third country. Investors also enjoy increased protection from expropriation or the nationalisation of their investments.


Public Procurement – EU companies are now able to bid on Canadian public contracts and vice versa.


Services – Whenever people think about trade agreements, physical goods often come to mind first. However, CETA also significantly reduces cross-border restrictions on trading services. Services make up three-quarters of Europe's economy. The fact that many of them are now easily exportable to Canada creates manifold new opportunities for European SMEs.


Conformity Assessment – The CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment establishes a framework for the acceptance, by Canada and the EU, of product certifications/testing in certain product categories by recognised bodies in the other party. This means that a designated conformity assessment body in the EU can test EU products for export to Canada according to Canadian rules and vice versa. This will dramatically reduce costs of doing business and will be particularly helpful to SMEs on both sides of the Atlantic.


Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications – CETA has created a framework that would allow Canada to recognise professional qualifications earned in the EU and vice versa. This means that professionals, such as accountants, architects, and engineers on both sides of the Atlantic could practise in each other's territory. CETA has assigned the relevant professional bodies and authorities in the EU and Canada to negotiate a proposal on so-called mutual recognition that can then be integrated into CETA.


Environmental Protection – The trade agreement also includes a chapter on the environment. The parties committed to help ensure that trade and environmental protection are mutually supportive and reinforcing. CETA ensures that domestic environmental laws can be enforced and that the parties will promote public awareness and transparency for those laws. CETA also aims to advance sustainable resource management and includes a general commitment to maintain high environmental standards

European Corporate Social Responsibility Study


Dublin Chamber's International team is looking for companies to participant in a European a study on the Uptake of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by SMEs and Start-ups. CSR relates to the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society. This involves sustainability practices and integration of social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into business operations.


We are inviting participants to provide views on the drivers and barriers to higher CSR uptake between SMEs. Your contribution will allow for an investigation into what kind of policy support is available (or lacking) to companies willing to engage in CSR and sustainability practices across Europe. 


If you are interested in participating in the study which includes a short survey please email: maria@dublinchamber.ie

Virtual Cape Agriculture Export Week


Wesgro is hosting the inaugural virtual Cape Agricultural Export Week event on Wednesday 31st March. The Cape Agricultural Export Week is an online trade exhibition, intended to foster business-to-business (B2B) export linkages and showcase opportunities within the agricultural and agri-processing industry from Cape Town & the Western Cape, South Africa. Register your attendance here.

Key events include:

Agriculture & Agri-processing Live and Virtual Trade Exhibition.

B2B Meetings between international buyers and Western Cape exporters 3. Western Cape Exporters in the following sectors/products will be targeted:

  • Cosmetics & Essential Oils
  • Halal
  • Fresh Produce
  • Organics
  • Processed & Fine Foods
  • Wines & Spirits

Short on demand videos will be also be available on the virtual platform to highlight the export opportunities from the Western Cape Agriculture & Agri-processing sector.



Exhibitor Catalogues:

·         All Exhibitors: https://www.wesgro.co.za/uploads/files/Cape-Agri-Week-Exporter-Catalogue_All-Halls.pdf

·         Wine & Spirits Exhibitors: https://www.wesgro.co.za/uploads/files/Cape-Agri-Week-Exporter-Catalogue_Wine-and-Spirits.pdf

·         Processed and Fine Foods Exhibitors: https://www.wesgro.co.za/uploads/files/Cape-Agri-Week-Exporter-Catalogue_Processed-and-Fine-Foods.pdf

·         Fresh Produce Exhibitors: https://www.wesgro.co.za/uploads/files/Cape-Agri-Week-Exporter-Catalogue_Fresh-Produce.pdf

·         Cosmetics and Essential Oils Exhibitors: https://www.wesgro.co.za/uploads/files/Cape-Agri-Week-Exporter-Catalogue_Cosmetics.pdf

Great Chamber Webinars Coming Up Soon


We have a number of great webinars coming up over the next few weeks. Don't miss out! 


25th March: Bid Services Tender Training. Book here.


26th March: Sustainable Dublin 2050, EU Green Deal. Book here. 


30th March: Momentum Series 2021. Book here.


31st March: Monthly Speed Networking. Book here.


7th April: Maximise your Dublin Chamber Membership. Book here.


12th April: Monday Wellness with TJ Reid. Book here.


14th April: Sustainable Academy, Resource Efficiency Workshop. Book here. 


21st April: An IT Roadmap for Remote Working. Book here. 


For a full listing of all our upcoming events please head over to our website here.


*Some of our events are only open to specific member categories.


Virtual Global Innovation Summit & Networking ¦ 18th - 20th May


Register now to participate in the Global Innovation Summit taking place on the 18th - 20th May. The theme of this year’s summit, "Exploring New Perspectives", will see international key notes, interactive hybrid workshops and virtual panel discussions dealing with the topics that will shape the next few years: green transition, digital transformation and recovery from Covid. There will also be the opportunity for networking in virtual B2B meetings. Participation is free of charge, learn more and register here.

The Global Innovation Summit is an international meeting place for businesses and innovators to share and exchange knowledge, to network, to collaborate and secure future business growth opportunities. Businesses from across the globe will come together and share their distinctive insights and collaborative solutions. International speakers will tell their exciting stories, share the growth and journey of their ideas and innovations. You will be networking in your own field of interest and expertise. Participation is free of charge.


Main Topics for the 2021 virtual event are:


Green Transition

The Green Deal as an economic, ecological and social transformation process is one of the centre pieces of political discourse at both international and national levels. One objective of the summit is to support the innovative developments towards green transition and the associated importance of the role of research and innovation programmes.



The reconstruction of the economy and international cooperation after the Corona crisis will play an important role in 2021. The summit’s goal is to take stock of the situation one year after the outbreak of the Corona crisis and to reflect on the resulting consequences for the European and international economic and RTI system.


Digital Transformation

Digital Transition and its impact is another priority of this year’s summit. Here we seek to promote networking among innovative international SMEs and global companies from the Eureka network during a structured exchange of innovative ideas with regard to digital and sustainable development goals.


OSH - Practical Tips for Safe & Healthy Home Based Working


The Covid-19 public health emergency prompted millions of European workers to work from home during the last year. Long periods of sedentary work, lack of physical exercise, isolation, blurring boundaries between paid work and private life, and stress are some risks associated with telework that may impact teleworkers' occupational safety and health (OSH). For this reason, employers and workers have to be aware of the telework-associated hazards and address them by implementing adequate preventive and control measures. 


EU OSHA has provided some practical advice and tips aimed to enhance the occupational health and well-being while working remotely. Read here.

More News
E-scooters in Ireland
Member Webinar

Join a vital conversation exploring how to make a success of e-scooters in Ireland on Monday 22nd March at 5pm. Experts from Irish politics, TIER Mobility, Dublin Chamber, Sight Loss Councils, Safe & The City, and Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) will discuss what e-scooter legalisation means for Ireland. Register here.

Running on Windows Legacy Servers?
Aware of the Security Risks?

The end of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows SQL Server has left many organisations vulnerable to security breaches or they are signing up for extended support which is an additional expense in the long-term. Assess the best path to secure data & know your options in 2 Days with OpenSky here.

ApisProtect Highlighted on BBC

ApisProtect was highlighted on the global stage by BBC World News last week. In the latest Follow the Food series, BBC World News focuses on where our food comes from and how this might change in the near future with new technologies and innovative ways of farming. In this episode they explore how the technology ApisProtect has created can help slow the decline of one of nature’s most critical helpers. Watch here.