Bringing goods into Ireland from Great Britain (GB)

Import customs declaration

You are legally obliged, as importer of goods from GB, to submit an electronic import declaration to Irish customs. You will find more information in AIS Import Trader Guides and the Guide to Customs Import Procedures.

Since 23 November, New business requirements under Automated Import System (AIS) have impacted on Importers obligations.

You must submit the electronic declaration to Irish customs, using a customs software package. Alternatively, a customs broker, acting on your behalf, can submit the declaration.

Import Safety and Security Declaration (ENS)

There is a legal requirement to submit an electronic customs Safety and Security (S and S) declaration in advance of import. This declaration is called an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). The ENS must be submitted to Irish customs in advance of the goods departing GB. The carrier is responsible for ensuring that this Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) is submitted. Accordingly, you, the importer must ensure that the carrier of your goods is aware of their responsibilities for this declaration. Failure to do so will lead to delays. You will find further information in Import Control System (ICS) Trader Guide.

Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN)

If you bring goods from GB to Ireland using a RoRo ferry service (accompanied or unaccompanied), a PBN must be submitted to Irish Customs. This notification must be submitted in advance of the goods leaving GB.

The haulier is responsible for ensuring that the PBN is submitted using information provided by the importer. However, the PBN may be created by anyone in the supply chain that has the required information. Only one PBN should be created per vehicle irrespective of the number of consignments in the vehicle.


Vehicles will not be allowed to board ferries in GB without a valid PBN.

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