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Irish Customs Restrictions - an update

We are now seven months into the 'new normal' of the post-Brexit trading world. As one of the leading freight forwarders, shipping thousands of pallets a year between the UK and Ireland, we understand how difficult some of the transition has been, and will always do our best to keep goods moving as fast as possible for our customers.

Changes to current procedure

During this initial period, Irish Revenue have been somewhat flexible on certain operational procedures, however we have been advised by them that this is no longer the case.

As a reminder, we can not send goods to Dublin or anywhere else in the Republic of Ireland unless a Customs Import Declaration (SAD) has been completed prior to the trailer leaving the UK. The Revenue has informed us that penalties will be strictly enforced for any infringements.

Forward plan to save crucial time

The customs clearance process is slow and methodical, it takes several hours to get a groupage trailer's SADs created and finalised. So in order to ensure everything is done in the most efficient way possible, we require your Invoice/AIS files by 1pm on the day of collection at the very latest. After this time any goods without these will be delayed and miss the day's connection.

The team at Harbour are here to make these sorts of processes as pain-free as possible for you, and we always do everything we can to help customers, however the regulations are mandatory.

There are similar requirements for the reverse journey from Ireland to the UK. which we will shortly cover in a separate post.

The team are here

As always we are here to help - if you have any concerns please contact the team on or call us on +44 (0)161 872 6875. Why not also find out more about our to/from Ireland pallet freight service.


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