Importing from Ireland & Northern Ireland to the UK

When importing to the UK from Ireland, you must consider your obligations and the differences between northern and southern Irish imports. Our wealth of experience shipping road freight via ferry on-road fleet can help your goods get where they need to be on time.

New regulations and procedures apply for customs duties and taxes when importing goods to the UK from the EU. New customs and import tax regulations are in place, so it’s vital to understand them before you ship. We have created a list to get you started. However, we recommend using a freight company such as Barrington for a stress-free shipment.

Customs from Ireland

Different customs considerations apply from Northern Ireland and the Southern Republic when shipping to the UK as the south is part of the EU while the north is part of the UK. An EU EORI must be held as well as a UK one (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number). Paperwork requirements depend on what is being sent, so check if any items are restricted or require this. You will face delays and fees if the correct measures are not in place – check out the UK government advisory page for more.

VAT and Duty Fees

The latest UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement allows tariff-free trade if goods can be proven to have originated from the EU before coming to the UK, and that fact needs to be sworn to in customs declaration. This also applies to goods going in the other direction if they are of UK origin. VAT and additional customs fees are calculated depending on the type of goods being sent, so it’s always important to check before you decide to ship so you have a transparent view of what needs to be paid. 

Who Will Make the Declaration?

You could try DIY for your declarations. However, we would always recommend hiring a professional who has the relevant experience and understanding of import declarations in practice. They can ensure a smooth and easy process and help avoid pitfalls. They must be in the country of origin for the goods, in this case, Ireland, so we can recommend our agents to help with your customs documents when you work with us. 

Goods Licences

Depending on your cargo, there may be special licenses and certificates for UK and Irish shipping depending on what you send and if they are under special regulations or need licences. Knowing restrictions or limitations before sending will save you from the possibility of having goods seized at customs. 

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Importing from Ireland may seem complicated, but with our expertise on your side, we can make it easy for you as we have done the groundwork and are seasoned professionals. A reputable freight forwarder will give you a stress-free shipment and let you focus on taking care of running your business.

For more information or if you have an unusual load request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].