Haulier and freight forwarder

Carrying goods into Ireland from Great Britain (GB)

Import Safety and Security Declaration (ENS)

As the carrier of goods, you are legally obliged to ensure an electronic customs Safety and Security (S and S) declaration is submitted to Irish Customs. This must be submitted prior to departure from GB.

This declaration is called an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS).

If you are moving goods using a RoRo service (accompanied) you are considered the carrier. Therefore, you must ensure that the ENS has been submitted for all goods on board the vehicle. To do this, you must use a customs software package. Alternatively, a customs broker, acting on your behalf, can submit the declaration. You will find more information in Import Control System (ICS) trader guide

If you are moving goods using a RoRo ferry service (unaccompanied) the ferry service operator is considered the carrier. The operator is legally obliged to ensure the ENS is submitted for all unaccompanied goods on board. Other parties in the supply chain may complete the ENS.

We recommend you visit the HMRC website for the latest information regarding export requirements in the UK.

Import Declarations

A customs import declaration is required for goods imported from Great Britain to Ireland. The importer is responsible for ensuring that the declaration is completed.

Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN)

If you carry goods from GB to Ireland using a RoRo ferry service (accompanied or unaccompanied), a PBN must be submitted to Irish Customs. This notification must be submitted in advance of the goods leaving GB.

The haulier is responsible for ensuring that the PBN is submitted using information provided by the importer. However, the PBN may be created by anyone in the supply chain that has the required information. Only one PBN should be created per vehicle irrespective of the number of consignments in the vehicle.

Note

Vehicles will not be allowed to board ferries in GB without a valid PBN.

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