What is the Automated Import System (AIS)?

How to prepare your business for AIS

From Monday, 2 November 2020 at 9:00am the format of customs import declarations will change. These changes include new electronic message formats and some new data fields.

Update your customs software

If you use your own internally developed and supported customs software

You should ensure that your IT team is on schedule to make the necessary changes to your systems.

If your customs software is provided by an external systems provider

You should contact this provider to make arrangements to have your systems updated.

If you use a customs agent

You should contact your agent to get information on any changes to their procedures as a result of the introduction of AIS. This will vary depending on the agent, but for example, could include new procedures for the collection of additional data fields. You must be certain that both you and your agent are prepared for AIS. 


You must make the necessary changes to systems well in advance of the launch of AIS on Monday, 2 November 2020 at 9:00am. You will find further information about how to manage your transition to using AIS in eCustoms Notification 015/2020.

Information for software providers

Revenue has provided comprehensive AIS information for software providers to allow them to prepare for Monday, 2 November 2020 at 9:00am. The IT system changes are shown in:

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