Customs Information

Ireland - All

NORTHERN IRELAND - Please refer to United Kingdom for importation information. Ireland


  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • C&E1076 Transfer of Residence document
  • Transfer of Residency (TOR) - PPS Declaration Document
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - Express Release Accepted or Alternatively (2 Original nonnegotiable copies showing the ocean freight rate) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Documentary evidence of residence abroad for at least one year
  • Two original copies of utility bills. (Electricity bill and a bank statement will do. Must not be older than 12 months).
  • Proof of residence in Ireland (2 forms)
  • Documentary evidence of taking up permanent residence in Ireland
  • Copy of property lease, rental agreement, or purchase in Ireland
  • Resident / Work Permit / Letter of Employment
  • Form 1076 (Diplomats)
  • Lease / Rental Agreement (Diplomats)
  • Travel itinerary returning to Ireland / copy of flight confirmation / copy of boarding pass
  • Letter from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Protocol Section authorizing release of the consignment from the port (Diplomats)


  • All shipments inspected by Customs
  • All goods should be in the ownership of the shipper for at least 12 months prior to import
  • Required documents must be received by the agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to minimize any port charges
  • Owner of the goods does not need to be present for Customs clearance.
  • Owner of the goods should arrive in the country prior to the arrival of the shipment.
  • Used household goods may be allowed entry on a duty and tax free basis once the TOR has been verified.
  • Imports not deemed qualified as part of a TOR shipment will be subject to duty (variable) and value added tax (VAT) of approximately 23%
  • If they do not have a European Union country passport they must provide a copy of their Irish entry authorization visa.  
  • Letter from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Protocol Section authorizing release of the consignment from the port (diplomats).
  • Needs to be confirmed ahead of arriving into port as Ireland only extends the same privileges it receives in the country of origin.


Specific Information:

  • The OBL must include the chassis number, engine number, color, model, make, and weight of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles brought into Ireland under TOR rules are not subject to duty or tax.
  • The duty rate on vehicles imported outside of the TOR Protocol is 23% VAT of the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value, and the vehicle registration tax is payable up to 35% of the vehicle value.
  • In order to avoid unnecessary delays and charges for demurrage and storage due to lengthy Customs procedures, the agent must receive a copy of the required documentation prior to arrival of the shipment; check with agent for specific timeframes.
  • Motor vehicles must be in the owners name for at least 6 months to be eligible for duty and VAT free import.
  • Only one vehicle per person may be imported.

Documents required:

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original Registration
  • Copy of current Insurance Certificate (copy of previous policy documentation is acceptable if no current insurance is in effect)
  • Bill of Sale showing date of purchase and price


Detailed alcohol inventory to include the following:    

  • Size of each bottle
  • Percentage proof
  • Value
  • Brand
  • Red/white/blush description
  • Still/sparkling description
  • Country of manufacture for each bottle
  • Year of manufacture for each bottle
  • Total quantity

NOTE - Be informed that Irish Customs does not consider alcohol, spirits or wine to be part of household goods relocation.  Including alcohol, spirits or wine with a household goods shipment to Ireland can lengthen Customs inspections by as long as 5 days, and will guarantee the complete inspection of shipment.  Irish Customs will charge VAT and Duty on any alcohol, spirits or wine imported as part of household goods relocation.


Documents Required:

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Pet passport

Specific information:

  • Pets arriving from outside of the EU must be pre-booked and pass through the Quarantine Station at Dublin airport.
  • Prior approval from the Department of Agriculture must be received prior to import.
  • A 6-month quarantine is not required if the following conditions met: proof of rabies vaccination and follow up that this was effective (6 months after inoculation), Health Certificate, and electronic microchip.
  • Pets arriving from within the EU can usually enter without prior approval or examination at a Quarantine Station.


  • Alcohol is subject to duties (variable according to type, strength, etc.) and VAT (23%).
  • A Declaration Form is needed prior to arrival of the container and should be loaded at rear of the container for easy access if examination is required.
  • New furniture and household goods (items purchased within 6 months of the date of shipping are subject to Customs duties and VAT of 23%).


  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Explosives
  • Pornography
  • Firearms
  • Meat products
  • Live plants
  • Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by CITES (authorization from CITES is required)