What is the Automated Import System (AIS)?


The Automated Import System (AIS) is Revenue's national electronic import system. AIS handles the validation, processing, duty accounting and clearance of customs declarations.

AIS is part of a suite of new systems Revenue are introducing as part of the IT work programme.

AIS does the following:

  • Replaces the existing Automated Entry Processing (AEP)  and eManifest systems for imports only.
  • Ensures businesses can import goods legally from outside the European Union (EU) using the most efficient process possible.


From 4 October 2021 you cannot use AEP to lodge new import declarations.  You can, however, use AEP to amend or correct import declarations or eManifests for a period of 6 months. You will find further information in eCustoms notification 48 of 2021.

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