Bringing goods into Ireland from Great Britain (GB)

Import customs declaration

You are legally obliged, as importer of goods from GB, to submit an electronic import declaration to Irish customs. You will find more information in AEP Import Trader Guide and the Guide to Customs Import Procedures.

Since 23 November, New business requirements under Automated Import System (AIS) will impact on Importers obligations.

You must submit the electronic declaration to Irish customs, using a customs software package. Alternatively, a customs broker, acting on your behalf, can submit the declaration.

Import Safety and Security Declaration (ENS)

There is a legal requirement to submit an electronic customs Safety and Security (S and S) declaration in advance of import. This declaration is called an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). The ENS must be submitted to Irish customs in advance of the goods departing GB. The carrier is responsible forensuring that this Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) is submitted. You will find further information in Import Control System (ICS) Trader Guide. Accordingly, you, the importer must ensure that the carrier of your goods is aware of their responsibilities for this declaration. Failure to do so will lead to delays.

Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN)

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

The importer is responsible for ensuring that the PBN is submitted. The PBN may be created on behalf of the importer by other parties in the supply chain.


Vehicles will not be allowed to board in GB unless they have a valid PBN.

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