What is the Automated Import System (AIS)?

What has not changed under AIS?


Entry Summary Declaration (ENS)

Carriers must provide Revenue with advance information for safety and security risk analysis. This is done by lodging an ENS for goods being brought into the EU. This process will continue to be managed by the Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

Arrivals notification

The electronic arrivals system records the scheduled and real-time arrival information for all aircraft and ships arriving in Ireland. This information is received from:

  • the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for air traffic
  • and
  • Safe Seas Ireland for sea traffic.

The arrivals system interfaces with the AIS and notifies it of the Actual Time of Arrival (ATA) of aircraft and ships. Traders should provide the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) in their declarations.


Exports will continue to be managed through the Automated Entry Processing (AEP) system until 2023.

If you import and export goods from and to the European Union (EU) you must use:

  • AIS for your import declarations


  • AEP for your export declarations.

Further information

If you need further information, please email importpolicy@revenue.ie. To receive updates on AIS, you should register to join our AIS mailing list by emailing .