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Customs Regulations - Ireland
Moving to Ireland or for that matter any country can become difficult-unless you make yourself aware of the customs regulation details in that country. After all, you do not want your belongings to be stranded in some port in the country. In some countries especially, customs regulations can be very stringent-and you may suddenly find yourself in a puddle. So, do your homework!

The customs regulations information listed on our website have been collected from several sources including information made-available-by embassies and government websites.

Customs Regulations applicable while shipping to Ireland

vspace=5International moves are incredibly exciting, but they also require tons of preparation, paperwork, and extensive research! If you are planning a move to Ireland, read on for detailed customs information and helpful tips on the required documents, regulations and restrictions for importing goods to this beautiful country.


When relocating abroad, there are many important documents required to enter the country and establish permanent residency. When planning your international move to Ireland, it is a good idea to enlist customs brokering services from your international moving company to assist you in gathering the necessary paperwork to clear customs and successfully relocate.

When moving to Ireland, you will need:
  • Irish Customs Form 1076
  • Legible inventory in English with same signature of shipper as on Form 1076
  • Evidence of transfer of normal residence (required details of which are printed on the cover of Form 1076)
  • Termination of employment lease agreement
  • Documentation relating to rental or purchase of accommodation in Ireland (Copy of Deeds relating to ownership of residence or Letter from Landlord confirming residency).
  • If importer is staying with family/friends, they must write a letter confirming this and have it witnessed and stamped at local police station
  • Evidence of Employment in Ireland
  • Evidence of residence abroad


If you are moving to Ireland permanently, you may import both personal effects (clothing, jewelry, toiletries) and household effects (furniture, rugs, linens, bedding, dishes, other furnishings) duty-free if:
  • Your goods were owned abroad for at least six months
  • Your goods are not for resale within 12 months of importation and are imported within 12 months before or after the date of transfer of residence (six months before or 12 months after for those coming from outside the EC)
  • You have lived abroad for 12 continuous months (coming from outside EC)
  • You intend to take up permanent residence in Ireland for at least 185 days


In Ireland, the following items are prohibited for importation:
  • Guns, weapons, explosives or ammunition of any kind (unless license obtained from Department of Justice)
  • Agricultural goods (plants, plant products, hay, straw, peat moss, etc.)
  • Endangered species
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material
  • Meat products and fresh foods


vspace=5 Some articles require special authorization and/or the payments of duties and taxes to clear Irish customs. These items include, but are not limited to:
  • New items (less than six months old)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products (Maker's name, percentage proof and amount must be listed)
  • Perfumes
  • Gold and silver (Statutory Declaration required)


If you are planning to ship your vehicle with you to Ireland, you'll require the assistance of international vehicle shippers with sufficient knowledge of overseas automobile shipping laws and customs regulations. To import your vehicle into Ireland, it must meet these conditions:
  • Your vehicle may enter Ireland duty-free if it has been owned at least six months prior to importation
  • Automobiles may not be sold, lent out or disposed of within twelve months of importation
  • Motorcycles and automobiles may only be imported when shipper is in Ireland
The following documents are required:
  • Registration book
  • Customs Form 1076
  • Original vehicle documents showing owner's name, engine and chassis number
  • Purchase Invoice
  • Title
  • Insurance Certificate (most recent and one dated more than six months ago)


Your pet is your most precious cargo-- to ensure he or she gets through customs without trouble, the following is required to successfully cross Irish borders with your pet:
  • An import license must be obtained prior to arrival from the Department of Agriculture in Dublin, OR a Pet Passport issued under the regulations of the European Parliament
  • Your pet must be micro chipped
  • Vaccination against rabies
  • A Veterinary Certificate
  • Dogs must be treated for tapeworm between 24 and 120 hours before travel and the time and date of treatment must be entered on the passport. Treatment for ticks is not compulsory but it is advisable to get it at the same time as the tapeworm treatment.


vspace=5International moving is a complex venture, which is why it is imperative to hire trustworthy international movers. Before choosing any international moving company, be sure to ask these important questions to verify they are qualified for the job and can properly aid you in the complicated customs process. Being knowledgeable and conducting a thorough background check on any potential company will protect you from falling victim to a common moving mistake.

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NOTE - Customs regulations of Ireland are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to Ireland (this destination )and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate before you make your move to Ireland.

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