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Road Freight Shipping to NORTHERN IRELAND

Fast and Affordable Road Freight Shipping Services Northern Ireland

Barrington Freight helps with road freight to Northern Ireland. Our road freight services cover all locations throughout this part of the UK from the mainland. Not only do we handle road haulage shipping to Northern Ireland from the UK mainland but we can also assist with shipments from the region to the Republic and to Great Britain, as well. 

  • Standard, Express, Next-Day Deliveries to Northern Ireland
  • Bespoke Size Solutions
  • Customs Clearance Support
  • Professional Experienced Team
  • Business-to-Business Deliveries
  • Shipping Services To & From Northern Ireland
  • Large & Small Consignments Delivered
Get a free Northern Ireland shipping quote today

International Freight to Northern Ireland

We make the entire shipping process straightforward for British firms that want to serve customers across the entire UK, even though Northern Ireland’s Brexit trade agreement differs somewhat from the rest of the country. We ensure compliance with Brexit customs requirements while delivering reliable shipping from the UK to Northern Ireland. When it comes to acting as a Northern Ireland-to-UK courier, we can also offer all of our expertise and commitment to ensure a swift, hassle-free service.

We are able to make such quick journeys to Northern Ireland with your pallets, cargo and boxes because we disperse our modern fleet of vans around England, Wales and Scotland. These vans are ready for your business order and can be at your location in no time at all. We also have sizeable lorries and other commercial vehicles for shipping to Northern Ireland from the UK when needed.

Once your assets have been loaded in a safe and secure way, one of our reliable drivers will start their journey to your designated postcode in the region. By having vehicles on standby around the country, controlled from our base in Essex, we provide businesses with an on-hand option for getting road freight to Northern Ireland no matter where they are based.

To get started simply give us a call 01268 525 444 or request an online shipping quote.

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  • Full load and groupage shipping.
  • Dedicated van courier to Northern Ireland option.
  • We maintain 24/7 contact with every vehicle, so you can always track your shipment and get regular updates.
  • BIFA membership and full liability insurance ensure safe and professional transport.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service, supported by glowing testimonials.
  • We can help shipping to Northern Ireland from UK and shipping to UK from Northern Ireland.
  • You will need an EORI number when shipping to Northern Ireland.

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Shipping to Northern Ireland from the UK

Here at Barrington Freight, we understand that many commercial suppliers would like to build up their customer base in Northern Ireland but are wary of the current trade regulations. Given that shipping to Northern Ireland can be conducted from the mainland directly or via the Republic, it is sometimes confusing for logistics managers to know what is the best option depending on their location. That’s why turning to professionals in international logistics – we are members of the British International Freight Association which can be so useful.

Whether your firm is located in South Wales, which would mean shipping from Fishguard could be a preferred option, or you have a stock shipment to arrange from East Anglia, which would mean all options are on the table, we can help. Not only will we make the right calls given your location and that of your customer but we can also deal with all of your Northern Ireland to UK courier requirements, too. Please also note that offer expert assistance when shipping to Northern Ireland from parts of the British Isles that are outside of the UK, such as the Isle of Man, for example.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on our courier from the UK to Northern Ireland services. All you have to do is fill in our quote form, book your shipment and we’ll do the rest for your speedy delivery to Northern Ireland.

Get a free Northern Ireland delivery quote today

Road Freight Vehicles For Deliveries to Northern Ireland

  • Euroliner lorry
  • HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle)
  • Roll-on/roll-off vans
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Double-crewed vans
  • 7.5 tonners
  • Sprinter vans
  • Luton vans
  • Tail lift vehicles
  • 18-tonne vans

We can source vehicles of any size that you need for your shipment to Northern Ireland.

Shipping Times From UK to Northern Ireland

How Long Does It Take to Ship to Northern Ireland?


A full load of shipping to Northern Ireland will typically result in a delivery the following day after the goods have been collected. We can collect your goods and have them in the region the following day. When shipping from England to Northern Ireland this way, for example, a full van load or lorry load will be dispatched for you across the Irish Sea. However, the service may take a little longer if you happen to be based in the Highlands of Scotland when more miles will necessarily need to be covered.

For the most economical solution for commercial deliveries to Northern Ireland, inquire about our groupage rates. Collecting consignments in week 1 for delivery in week 2, our groupage shipping service from the UK to Northern Ireland provides a door-to-door solution. This approach not only facilitates considerable savings through economies of scale but is also ideal for less urgent road freight consignments, ensuring efficient and cost-effective delivery.


Acting as a courier from the UK to Northern Ireland means that we can speed things up considerably. Thanks to our network of drivers throughout the mainland, we can be with you in a matter of hours to collect your consignment from your production facility or depot. Then, your shipment will be on the road heading to a suitable port in England, Scotland or Wales ready to cross the Irish Sea for delivery to Northern Ireland the following day. Note that as a reliable courier from the UK to Northern Ireland, we can also offer rapid services as a Northern Ireland to UK courier.

To ensure your delivery to Northern Ireland is not delayed en route, we constantly keep track of the road conditions in and around Liverpool. Typically, this will mean checking to see which route to the port is fastest by monitoring the M62, the M57 and the M58 motorways. Equally, our skilled freight forwarders will also keep an eye on the best onward routes into Northern Ireland for our drivers to take once they arrive in Belfast. Everything is done to make sure that your Northern Irish clients get their orders from you in the shortest period of time possible.


Barrington Freight is a leader in next-day delivery from the UK to Northern Ireland, and vice-versa, ensuring that your cargo is transported quickly and efficiently. We focus on using a fleet of smaller, agile vehicles that provide excellent access and mobility across Northern Ireland, enabling swift collection and delivery. Leveraging our extensive experience in road freight forwarding, we make Northern Ireland a priority destination for our services. Goods are collected on day 1 and delivered by day 2, underscoring our dedication to fast and dependable delivery.

Our fleet includes dedicated sprinter vans, Luton vans with tail lifts, as well as 7.5-tonne and 18-tonne trucks, all specifically chosen for express deliveries not only to Northern Ireland but across Europe. This strategy allows us to offer the quickest road transport solutions from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, avoiding the extra costs and complexities associated with air freight. By bypassing airline formalities and bureaucratic delays, we guarantee that your urgent shipments are delivered on time and hassle-free, providing a seamless door-to-door freight forwarding experience.

Customer Reviews

Needed Help getting an odd piece of machinery from the EU and got all the help I needed.
Simon Pool from Barrington freight was very helpful and door to door service to S.Korea was excellent, pick up and delivery services on time. I highly recommend Barrington Freight for air cargo services. Thank you Simon and the team! Kay
The team at Barrington where incredible at delivering our goods on-time despite the new Brexit regulations on goods being imported. We even didn't pay tax on the returning shipment coming back to German.
Brilliant service. Extremely helpful, and they supported us all the way through the process of transporting goods to mainland Europe, which for anyone who hasn't done that before can seem quite daunting. Would definitely recommend using this company.
Working with Barrington was brilliant. They really looked out for us, tackling our tough shipping/freight requirements keeping us informed at every stage of the process. Thank you
kept up to date with all progress, i know they had a particularly troubling time with import customs messing up paperwork but sorted all that out for me. highly reccomend will use again
Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
We are very satisfied, we would like to thank the team for this with an awesome rating! They handled the delivery of a very sensitive, valuable, gigantic pallet for us at a fair price and without any problems. I mean, out of 4 companies, only they were able to undertake it. Nothing is damaged! We recommend the company to everyone :)
Joshua at Barrington Freight is friendly and patient. Their service hassle-free and affordable compared to other freight forwarders.
Northern Irish Import Customs Requirements

Customs Considerations, VAT and Prohibited Items


After Brexit, VAT can be difficult to navigate in Northern Ireland because it is a part of the UK which is no longer an EU country, but it also borders the Republic of Ireland which is an EU country. As it stands, EU VAT rules do not apply to services in Northern Ireland, but VAT on goods will be different depending on whether they involve UK members or EU countries.

Goods moving between Northern Ireland and EU countries are subject to the standard EU VAT framework. Specific VAT rates will depend on the country in question but they will all follow the four main VAT brackets. However, goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will be subject to UK domestic VAT rates which fall into three brackets.

Get in touch with us today to discuss the latest regulations with an expert, and understand what they will mean for your business in the future.

Goods or ServicesVAT Rate Northern Ireland
Standard taxable goods and services20%
Reduced Rate goods and services (e.g. children’s car seats, carry cots)5%
Zero Rate goods and services (e.g. printed books, children’s clothing)0%

Shipping to Northern Ireland from the UK mainland may be subject to certain restrictions as can importing items from the region to Great Britain. Pay particular attention to the rules covering trade in any of the following classes of goods:

  • Endangered Species and Derivatives: Restrictions under CITES and EU regulations on the export and import of endangered species, with an emphasis on protecting the unique flora and fauna of Northern Ireland, such as certain bird species native to its countryside.
  • Pharmaceuticals and Controlled Substances: Tight restrictions on the import and export of certain medications, particularly controlled psychotropic drugs, exist that are designed to comply with both UK and EU legislation.
  • Agricultural and Dairy Products: Specific EU-aligned regulations on the import and export of agricultural and dairy products, ensure compliance with health and safety standards due to Northern Ireland’s shared border with the Republic of Ireland.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Regulations on the export and import of Irish whiskey and other alcoholic beverages, governed by both UK and EU laws, including geographical indication protections are in place.
EORI Number Northern Ireland

You will need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for the UK and any EU country you ship to and from alongside a range of other customs requirements. See our blog on what is an EORI Number? for more information.

Remember, too, that simply registering with HMRC as an importer of goods from Northern Ireland will not be sufficient – on its own – to be able to use Northern Irish suppliers. 

Barrington Freight operates as a customs clearance agency as well as a team of expert freight forwarders, so we can help you with all of these matters if you need us to, whether you’re importing or exporting. We have the necessary licensing arrangements in place to oversee exported goods from the UK to Northern Ireland. We can help with multiple consignment deliveries that might include some in Portugal and some in other countries, such as those in France, Spain or Germany, for instance.

Shipping Routes to Northern Ireland from the UK

Both start-ups and large enterprises come to us with their short-term and long-term freight needs between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Whichever direction you need to relocate goods, Barrington Freight offers convenient and wallet-friendly solutions for fast and effective road freight. We make shipping from England to Northern Ireland just as easy as it is from Scotland, Wales or even further afield, such as the Channel Islands, for example.

Arranging a delivery to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK can be arranged in as little as one to two days depending on where the goods need to be collected from. Scottish exporters may find that the fastest way of getting their goods to Northern Ireland is via Troon or Cairnryan, both of which connect to Northern Ireland via Larne. That said, most British firms that want to send goods to Northern Ireland rapidly will be best served by roll-on/roll-off ferry services to Belfast from Liverpool.

Shipping from the UK to Northern Ireland by road will often – but not always – involve one of the following routes:

Where is Northern Ireland Located?

Northern Ireland is located to the west of the mainland UK and to the north of the Republic of Ireland.

Dundee to Ballymena

    1. Start in Scotland and head towards Cairnryan on the West Coast.
    2. Use roads like the A77 to reach the Cairnryan ferry terminal.
    3. Take a ferry from Cairnryan directly to Belfast.
    4. After arriving in Belfast, use the M2 to reach Ballymena.

Manchester to Belfast

    1. Travel to Liverpool via the M62 motorway.
    2. In Liverpool, board a ferry to Belfast.
    3. Once in Belfast, goods can be distributed locally or moved to other parts of Northern Ireland using the road network.

Birmingham to Newry via Holyhead

    1. Start in the West Midlands and travel to Holyhead in Wales using the M6 and A55.
    2. Take a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, Ireland.
    3. After arriving in Dublin, proceed northwards to Newry in Northern Ireland via the M1 motorway.
Contact Us for Affordable Road Freight to Northern Ireland

Our transport options can accommodate even the most unique requests, whether they be UK and EU pallets and cargo or larger and strangely shaped products. Big or small, light or heavy, Barrington Freight is on hand to cater to all your freight needs at a competitive price.

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Barrington Freight Ltd,
Bowden House,
Luckyn Lane, Basildon,
Essex SS14 3AX