What is the Automated Import System (AIS)?


Revenue will implement a new national import system on Monday, 23 November 2020 at 9:00am. This new Automated Import System (AIS) has been introduced to comply with the provisions of the Union Customs Code (UCC). AIS will ensure that businesses can import goods legally from outside the EU using the most efficient process possible.

This is the first of a suite of new systems we are introducing as part of the IT work programme.

This new system (AIS) will:

  • replace the existing Automated Entry Processing (AEP)  and eManifest systems for imports
  • introduce changes to the import procedure impacting on those involved in the import supply chain
  • significantly change the structure and content of the import declaration. 


From 9:00am on Monday 23 November 2020, it will not be possible to import goods into Ireland from outside the EU without using AIS. You will find further information about how to manage your transition to using AIS in eCustoms Notification 015/2020.

Next: How to prepare your business for AIS