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Capital: Dublin
Population: 6,378,000 (2011)
Area: 32,595 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Dublin 2. Belfast 3. Cork 4. Limerick 5. Derry
Lanuage: English, Irish, Ulster Scots
Climate: Mild and oceanic

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Required Documents for Import

To assist clearing your household goods, documents are very important to Customs. Below you will find some of the needed documents.

Import Declaration - A document stating the household goods being shipped.

Certificate of Origin - Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Import Requirements and Documentation

Documents are very important to help Customs clear your goods and to identify you. Take a look at some of the documents needed below.

  • Inventory List in English with the same party signature from Form 1074
  • Irish Customs Form 1074 completed abroad
  • Proof of transfer of normal residence
  • Proof of employment
  • Packing List
  • Proof of abroad residence
  • Termination of employment lease agreement
  • Ocean Bill of Lading
  • Proof of rental or purchased residence
  • Letter of Diplomatic Appointment from the local embassy in Dublin if you are a Diplomat

Additional detailed document requirements

  • Wine and Spirits must have a separate inventory displaying the maker's name, CL volume and proof percentage. They will be subjected to duties and also a 21% Valued-added Tax (VAT).
  • Written confirmation, stamped and witness, if you plan to reside with family or friends

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Ireland along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It's important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Once your items has arrived to Ireland, duties and taxes will be due. Your duties will range from 5 up to 20 % and your Value-added tax will come up to 23%. For duty-free imports, your items must be in your possession for at least 6 months, not for resale within 1 year of importation and will be continuingly used. You have to prove living abroad for over 12 continuous months and must have a permanent residence in Ireland in no more than 185 days.

Duty-free Items

As part of the EU, there are duty-free opportunities with restrictions. Please venture below to learn what is duty-free and its exceptions.

If moving from a European Union country, all HHGS will be duty-free with the restrictions below to deem as personal use, not for commercial use or sale:

  • 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, 400 cigarillos or 1 kilograms of tobacco
  • 90 liters of wine (if sparkling wine), no more than 60 liters)
  • 10 liters of spirits (over 22%)
  • 20 liters of alcoholic beverages (no more than 22%)
  • 110 liters of beer

If moving from a non-European Union country, the following HHGS can be imported by persons 17 years or older duty-free.

  • 16 liters of beer
  • 1 liter of spirits (over 22%)
  • 2 liters of alcohol (less than 22%)
  • 4 liters of wine
  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of tobacco
  • Other types of goods, such as souvenirs, with a complete value up to $492.04 USD, $340.64 USD if traveling by boat or a private plane. Gibraltar and The Channel Islands are considered outside of the EU

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

Customs will keep an eye out for prohibited items. To avoid any delays or Customs issues, please review some of the prohibited items below.

  • Drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Endangered species
  • Fresh foods
  • Firearms
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or softwares
  • Explosives
  • Meat products

Restricted Items

Restricted items are very important to pay attention to. Please take a look at some of the restricted items when it comes to importing into Ireland.

  • Jewelry will need special clearance by the Dublin Assay Office.
  • New furniture must have the Purchase Invoice and Sales Invoice with price and date of purchase accompanying it. Furniture is considered new if less than 6 months old and are subjected to duties and Valued-added Tax.
  • Plants require an Import License.
  • Plastic kitchenware made of melamine and polyamide originating from China or Hong Kong.
  • Electronic cigarettes must have an International Special Commodities (ISC) accompanying it.
  • Alcoholic beverages and wine are restricted to no more than 2-3 bottles.
  • Gold and silver requires a Statuary Declaration.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

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All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.