Guide to Sending Parcels to Ireland

Ireland - that emerald isle shrouded in mist and magic - think of leprechauns and 4-leaf clovers. But it is also the land of literary and musical giants that have brought much joy to the world. And that's why Ireland's history, culture, and spirit are celebrated far and wide every March 17th on St. Patrick's Day.

Modern Ireland has a booming knowledge-based economy, and its citizens can boast some impressive numbers.

  • 73% of the population uses the internet
  • E-commerce has doubled since 2010
  • 2.2 billion euros were spent shopping on-line in 2019, and it's expected to grow at 8-plus percent annually

Information for this document was taken mainly from Irish government and EU Government government websites.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Oct 23, 2020
8:49 am
Armagh, AR, IR
Delivered
Oct 22, 2020
7:18 am
Galway, GA, IR
In transit
Oct 21, 2020
9:03 pm
Belfast, BE, IR
International Clearance
Oct 21, 2020
8:14 am
Dublin, DU, IR
In transit
Oct 21, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Oct 20, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Ireland before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Ireland

Documents Only

Documents may be shipped to Ireland from Canada duty and tax free if they have no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale.

Typical examples of documents include:

  • Advertising material and brochures
  • Bids
  • Catalogues
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licences
  • Event tickets for football (soccer) matches, stage and concert performances
  • Examination papers
  • Newspapers and periodicals
  • Promotional materials for tourism
  • Reports and statements
  • Visa applications

The following may be sent as document shipments if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Only if validated
Annual reports Must be for internal use or for shareholders
Blueprints For a company's internal use or a bid on an architectural project in the EU
Business cards Maximum of 15 cards
Cheques Must be personalised
Credit cards Only if personalised
Event tickets from a printing company Not considered a document
Greeting cards and invitations Must be personalised
Photographic negatives, slides, and print film Must not have editorial or press charges included in the value of the shipment
Newsletters (business) Only for intercompany use
Stationery Only if personalised and the amount is appropriate for non-commercial purposes
Technical manuals An appropriate number for the purpose
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/customs/reliefs/permanent-relief-from-payment-of-import-charges.pdf
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Ireland

Shipping Gifts

A gift shipment with a value of €45 or less (about $67 CDN) can be sent to Ireland from Canada duty and tax free if:

  • It is not for sale
  • It is for an occasional event, for example an anniversary or birthday

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Ireland will be exempt from duties and taxes if the value of the gifts is less than €45 (about $67 CDN).

NOTE: Gifts of perfumes and toilet waters, alcohol, and tobacco products will only be duty-free but they will still incur VAT and excise duties. Also, their quantities must be within the limits shown below in order to be duty-free.

Type of Goods Allowances
Tobacco Products
  • 50 cigarettes
  • 25 cigarillos (cigars with a maximum individual weight of 3 g)
  • 10 cigars
  • 50 g of tobacco
  • A proportional assortment of the different products.
Alcohol
  • 1 L of distilled beverages and spirits over 22% volume
  • 1 L of fortified or sparkling wine, and some liqueurs of 22% volume or less
  • 2 L of still wine.
Perfume and toilet waters
  • 50 g of perfume
  • 250 mL of toilet water.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipment from a Canadian business to an Irish business will incur duties and taxes.

This includes shipping a gift to an individual at a business address.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

No information regarding a Canadian business shipping a gift to an individual in Ireland is available at this time.

Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If a shipment contains 2 or more gifts with a value greater than €45, duty and tax exemption is given to the items that add up to €45 or less.

For example, a shipment with 3 gifts of values €10, €20, and €30 would receive an exemption of €30 only.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/gifts-and-consignments-of-low-value/rules-for-duty-relief-on-gift-consignments.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/documents/guide-to-importing-goods-through-the-post.pdf


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Ireland

Shipping Personal Effects

You may ship your personal effects from Canada to Ireland without paying duties and value added tax (VAT).

Personal effects such as:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Personal jewellery
  • Portable musical instruments
  • Sports equipment and footwear

A detailed list of personal effects and goods imported for sports purposes can be found here.

Moving Temporarily

Students

If you are a student heading to Ireland in order to study, you may ship your personal effects without payment of import charges provided the Personal Effects Checklist (Moving Temporarily) conditions are followed.

Your personal effects may stay in Ireland for a maximum of 24 months.

Non-Students

There is no information at this time regarding non-students moving to Ireland temporarily.

Moving Temporarily - Personal Effects Checklist
  • Indicate 'Personal Effects' on the commercial invoice (see sample)
  • List of goods in shipment - include description, quantity, and estimated value of each item
  • Be enrolled in full-time studies at an educational facility
  • A letter from the school that confirms you have enrolled in full-time studies
  • Your personal effects are the normal items needed to furnish a room and do school work
  • The items shipped belong to you and are for your personal use only

Moving Permanently

If you are moving permanently to Ireland from Canada, you may ship your personal effects free of import charges providing:

  • You have owned and used the goods for at least 6 months
  • You have lived outside of Ireland for at least 12 months continuously
  • The items are not to be sold, lent, or rented out for a minimum of 12 months
  • The goods arrive no more than 6 months before or 12 months after your arrival
  • All taxes and duties have been paid on the goods at the time of their purchase

NOTE: Exemption from paying taxes does not apply to:

  • Tobacco or tobacco products
  • Alcoholic products
  • Equipment and instruments used in a person's profession or trade (portable items are allowed)

Transferring Residence Due to Marriage

If you are moving to Ireland because you have married, your personal effects may be shipped without paying import charges. This includes gifts, household effects, and any other items specifically acquired because of marriage.

Several conditions apply. They are:

  • You have lived outside of Ireland continuously for a minimum of 12 months
  • The value of gifts entering Ireland have a maximum value of €1,000 (about $1,450 CDN)
  • The goods arrive in Ireland no more than 2 months before or 4 months after the wedding
  • The gifts and personal effects are not sold, lent, or rented out for at least 12 months

Personal Effects Checklist (Moving Permanently & Transfer due to Marriage)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Write 'Personal Effects' on the commercial Invoice (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • Complete Form C&E 1076
  • Evidence that you live in Canada and are moving to Ireland
  • If your move is due to a marriage, have your marriage certificate or marriage licence available

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/personal-relief-from-customs-duty-and-vat/personal-effects-and-goods-for-sports-purposes/index.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/customs/reliefs/permanent-relief-from-payment-of-import-charges.pdf
https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/documents/customs/declaration-of-goods-imported-on-marriage.pdf
https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/customs/reliefs/permanent-relief-from-payment-of-import-charges.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Ireland

Food, Chocolate, Candies

As a result of the free trade agreement between Canada and the EU (CETA), foodstuffs shipped to Ireland from Canada are duty free. However, VAT will be charged on shipments of greater than €22 (about $33 CDN).

Due to food safety concerns, there are limitations as to what may or may not enter Ireland from Canada.

You May Ship

  • Baked goods
  • Chocolate
  • Confectionary
  • Meat extracts and meat concentrates
  • Olives stuffed with fish
  • Packaged food supplements, soup stocks, and flavourings
  • Pasta and noodles
  • Honey - maximum 2 kg
  • Caviar - maximum of 125 g
  • Fish and fish products - maximum of 20 kg

Do Not Ship

  • Meat, milk, and dairy products
  • Foods mixed or filled with meat, dairy and their products

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.fsai.ie/legislation/food_legislation/imports_exports/food_imports_exports.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Ireland

Samples

Samples are sent overseas in order to encourage orders from potential buyers. There are 2 ways to import samples to Ireland: permanent and temporary.

Permanent Entry

Samples of goods shipped permanently to Ireland from Canada are duty and tax free providing:

  • They have no monetary value
  • Not for sale, only displayed
  • The quantity is appropriate for the size and type of event

NOTE: Irish customs may demand that the samples are permanently marked, torn, or perforated in order to make them unusable.

Temporary Entry

If samples are to remain in Ireland temporarily, you must either pay a security or deposit in the amount of the duty charge. The security or deposit will be returned when the samples leave Ireland for Canada.

Some rules that need to be followed are:

  • The goods are not altered during their time in Ireland
  • The samples are on display only; they are not to be used unless as part of a demonstration
  • The items leave Ireland within 24 months of their arrival

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample
  • The commercial invoice needs to have this written on it "Samples for trade promotion purposes - exemption from import charges claimed"

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/relief-from-customs-duty-and-vat/permanent-importation-of-samples/index.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/types-of-goods/commercial-samples/index.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/relief-from-customs-duty-and-vat/goods-permanently-imported-for-exhibitions-fairs-or-meetings/what-type-of-goods-qualify-for-the-relief.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/types-of-goods/goods-for-display-or-use-at-exhibitions-fairs-or-meetings/index.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Ireland

Advertising Material

Advertising materials may enter Ireland from Canada without payment of import charges.

The materials are expected to have no commercial value and are shipped free of charge to a customer or company in Ireland.

NOTE: Exemption from duties and taxes does not apply to Importation of tobacco and tobacco products, alcoholic products, or Exhibitions set up in a commercial store for a private function


Printed Material Rules

Printed material that advertises goods for sale, banking services, or commercial insurance are to follow the rules below:

  • The advertisement clearly displays the name of the company selling the goods or services
  • Each shipment contains only a single copy of a particular document
  • If a shipment has multiple copies, the parcel weighs 1 kg or less

Trade Shows, Meetings, & Exhibitions

Advertising and consumable products destined for a trade show or exhibition are to be:

  • Of little monetary value
  • Small in number
  • Used for demonstrations
  • Distributed free of charge

Products used and consumed at an exhibition or trade fair (with the exception of alcoholic products and tobacco products) are allowed entry to Ireland duty and tax free providing they:

  • Are in quantities and sizes appropriate to the nature of the exhibition
  • Cannot be easily marketed
  • Distributed free of charge

Tourist Information

Tourist Information for a different country will be duty and tax free for material that:

  • Is free of charge
  • Is clearly advertising material
  • Contains not more than 25% private commercial advertising

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • Indicate 'Advertising material - Exemption from import charges claimed' on the commercial invoice (see sample)
  • Comply with the conditions above for each category of advertising

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/customs/reliefs/permanent-relief-from-payment-of-import-charges.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Advertising Materials

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Advertising material - Exemption from import charges claimed

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Advertising Materials: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Advertising Materials
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Ireland

Repairs

As a member of the European Union, Ireland allows products to be repaired without duties and taxes being charged under the inward processing rules of the EU.

Inward processing means goods from outside the EU brought into the EU to have work done on them, such as repairs.

Equipment shipped from Canada is to stay in Ireland no longer than 6 months.

Exemption of import charges will also be applied to parts used for the repair up to the value of €6,500 (about $9,575 CDN).

Items Under Warranty

As Ireland and Canada are participants in a free-trade agreement (CETA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Ireland are duty-free and will not be charged GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If a piece of equipment no longer under warranty was sent to Ireland for repair and is returning to Canada, GST will be charged on the value of the repair and any new parts needed to do the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Ireland

When sending product for repair to Ireland, include the following information on the parcel:

  • Indicate the Serial/Product number under the Detailed Description of Goods section on the commercial invoice
  • Include a copy of the Repair Contract with all your export documentation

Returning Product After Repairs are Completed

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is returning to Ireland, ensure to do the following:

  • Indicate the value of the product INCLUDING the cost of the repair under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Ireland

Be sure to write the necessary information on the commercial invoice according to the document checklist below.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Ireland or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/customs/reliefs/temporary-importation.pdf
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/inward-processing_en
https://www.zoll.de/EN/Businesses/Movement-of-goods/Import/Procedures/Inward-processing/inward-processing_node.html
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html
https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/customs/reliefs/temporary-importation.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Ireland

Temporary Imports

You may ship goods of a temporary nature to Ireland from Canada for a period up to 24 months.

Usually, a security will have to be paid in the amount of the normal import charges. This money can be reclaimed when the goods return to Canada.

Samples of goods that are typical of temporary imports include:

  • Goods for demonstrations, exhibitions, and fairs
  • Professional equipment, such as a musical instrument or media production and broadcasting gear
  • Equipment and gear for sporting events
  • Commercial samples
  • Items for auction

Temporary Import Rules

  • The goods must remain unchanged, aside from normal wear-and-tear
  • They are to be clearly identified; customs officials may apply marks on the goods when they enter Ireland
  • Goods may stay a maximum of 24 months in Ireland

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Ireland, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More information below.


Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to the 2 options listed above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, allowing for normal wear-and-tear; maintenance and minor repairs are allowed under certain conditions
  • If an ATA Carnet is used, the goods may stay no longer than 24 months in Ireland

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/temporary-admission-rules-and-procedures/general-rules-for-getting-temporary-admission-relief.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/temporary-admission-rules-and-procedures/temporary-admission-by-oral-customs-declaration.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/documents/customs/inventory-support-oral-customs-declaration.pdf
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/temporary-admission-rules-and-procedures/apply-for-temporary-admission-electronically.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/ata-carnets-temporary-admission-and-export-of-certain-goods/index.aspx
http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/ https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/docs/body/guidance_special_procedures_en.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Ireland

Permanent/Sold Goods

Any shipment of sold goods from Canada to Ireland will be liable to duties and taxes. This includes purchases via the internet.

Typical import charges are a 12% duty and 23% value added tax (VAT). Shipments of alcoholic products, tobacco, and tobacco products will also incur excise duties.

Regular Shipper

If you regularly sell and ship goods to Ireland, we recommend you consult an Irish licensed customs broker.

You may need to comply with certain requirements, such as obtaining an Obtaining an EORI number.

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/documents/guide-to-importing-goods-through-the-post.pdf
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/customs-procedures/general-overview/economic-operators-registration-identification-number-eori_en

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
James Joyce
41 Brighton Square
Terenure, Dublin 6
Ireland
D06 T9N3

Phone: +353 1 492 6830
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 20 Oct 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Ireland. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Ireland, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package
Electronic declaration for temporary imports

Infrequently required

Required when shipping electronic items to Ireland temporarily

see apply for temporary admission electronically
Transfer of Residence - Form C&E 1076

Infrequently required

Required when shipping Personal Belonging.

All unaccompanied personal effects being shipped to Ireland must include a this form in order to request duty and tax exemption on personal effects

Form C&E 1076

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited may not enter Ireland, while those that are restricted may enter, but with limits to quantities or other requirements.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal or dangerous drugs
  • Medicines
  • Obscene and indecent materials and goods
  • Weapons, firearms, and explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Meat, fish and their products, milk and dairy products
  • Oral smokeless tobacco
  • Cultural and heritage artefacts
  • Dead or live plants and animals
  • Products made from endangered species

Restricted Goods


  • Personal shipments of meat, dairy, and their products
  • Personal shipments of infant food and milk, and foodstuffs required for medical purposes
  • Honey and caviar
  • Personal shipments of fish products

There is no information at this time regarding goods that have restrictions, i.e. items that may enter but only if in limited quantities.


Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/customs-information-for-travelling-and-duty-free-allowances/travelling-from-outside-the-eu/prohibited-or-restriced-goods-in-baggage.aspx
https://www.fsai.ie/faq/import_export.html#personal_use

Duty & Taxes

Canada and the EU have a free trade agreement (CETA), and as a result 98% of all goods and services that are traded between Canada and Ireland incur no duties.

However, VAT charges will be imposed on imports above €22 (about $33 CDN). There are 2 VAT rates: standard 23% and reduced 13.5%.

Import duties and taxes in Ireland are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Using the CIF Value, you can predict how much duty and tax the recipient must pay to import goods to Ireland.

Thresholds

For Ireland, the Customs threshold from which tariffs are applied is Duties €150 (about $220 CDN). This threshold is also known as the de minimis value.

Currency Euro (€)
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€150 (about $220 CDN)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT)* 23% (Standard)**
13.5% (Reduced)
9% (Second reduced rate)
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€22 (about $33 CDN)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

*If the amount of VAT payable is €6 (about $9 CDN), it will not be collected. This does not apply to customs and excise duties.

**Click here to determine which rate applies for a specific good.


Duties on Imports

The CETA agreement between Canada and the EU allows preferential tariff rates on goods sold to Ireland from Canada. To take advantage of these rates, rules of origin need to be followed.
Click here for a guide to the CETA rules of origin.


  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines*Variable
  • Tobacco*Variable
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

* Alcoholic products, tobacco and tobacco products, and sugar sweetened drinks all incur excise duties. Details for each may be found as follows:

Sources:
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/documents/guide-to-importing-goods-through-the-post.pdf
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/ceta_guidance_en.pdf
https://www.revenue.ie/en/vat/vat-rates/search-vat-rates/current-vat-rates.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/companies-and-charities/excise-and-licences/excise-duty-rates/alcohol-products-tax.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/companies-and-charities/excise-and-licences/tobacco/tobacco-products-tax/index.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/companies-and-charities/excise-and-licences/sugar-sweetened-drinks-tax/rate-of-tax.aspx
https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/documents/import-procedures-guide.pdf>

Ireland Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Ireland



Can I ship to Ireland?

Shipping to Ireland from Canada can take between 2-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Ireland by getting a quote now.


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