Customs Clearance

Providing for import, export, and transit moves, Customs Support is here for any Irish customs clearance you need. You can rely on us for:

  • Accurate, compliant, and timely customs clearance in Ireland
  • Clearance in any Irish air or sea port, including in Northern Ireland
  • A single point of contact for our services across the EU and UK
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What can we offer

Experienced, reliable, and digital-first, Customs Support works with you to improve your efficiency and save money within your customs function.

Reducing your risk and improving your compliance are both priorities when you partner with us. From a knowledgeable pair of eyes on your paperwork to streamlining your process with a digital solution, our clearance specialists are here to keep your supply chain customs safe and secure.

Available throughout Europe, Customs Support provides you with a single point of contact for all your customs in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK, and the rest of the EU.

Up to date on the latest changes in legislation, Customs Support helps you to navigate global customs challenges so that you can trade with confidence. Empower your global trade by partnering with us today.

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The only partner you need for any customs clearance in Ireland

Available wherever you need us, you can rely on Customs Support for customs clearance in any air or sea port across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Knowledgeable and experienced, our specialists provide import, export, and transit clearances for all industries and modes of transport. Whether you have a straightforward customs clearance or use a special procedure, we are here for you.

Click on a link to the right to explore our customs clearance services further.

End-to-end customs clearance across Ireland and Europe
A single point of contact for customs services in the EU and UK
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Commodity and location Experts

With over 1,900 specialists in our team, our people have seen and cleared it all. No matter what you and where you are trading, you can rely on us.


Digital-first customs clearance

Reduced risk, higher accuracy, and faster clearances. Customs Support help you improve your efficiency so that you can grow with confidence.


Advanced compliance checks

Safeguarding your supply chain, our AEO-accredited compliance team work to ensure you are always on the right side of customs legislation.

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Relationship focused

Your business is ours when you partner with us. Consider your Customs Support contacts like colleagues you can tap on the shoulder.

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Frequently Asked Questions | Customs Clearance

What do I need to complete customs clearances?

To complete a customs clearance, you must have all of the commercial paperwork for your shipment – as well as any supporting document that is relevant to your commodity. 

At a minimum, this means you need to have a commercial invoice, packing list, and movement document (such as a Bill of Lading). 

Examples of additional documents include, but are not limited to: 

  • Veterinary Certificates
  • Phytosanitary Certificates
  • Toxicity reports - Certificates of preference
  • Ownership documents such as a V5C for a vehicle
  • IUU Catch Certificates
  • Forestry certificates and licenses

If your documentation does not include it, you must also know the commodity codes that are applicable to your goods. You also need to be registered with an EORI number if your goods are related to business activities. 

Customs Support works with you to ensure that you have everything in place you need for compliant and quick customs clearance in Ireland. Contact us for more information.

Are customs clearances in Ireland and Northern Ireland the same?

No, customs clearance in Ireland and Northern Ireland are not the same. Northern Ireland is within the customs territory of the UK, and Irish customs clearance involves the movement of goods across the border of the European Union.

The documentation required for customs clearance in Ireland and Northern Ireland is mostly the same, although there may be differences depending on the legislation surrounding your commodity. To avoid delays at the border, it is best to work with a customs clearance agent who can advise you before your goods are shipped.

Customs Support provides clearance services in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as in the UK and the rest of the EU. Contact us for more information.

How long does a customs clearance in Ireland take?

If you have everything in place and the customs declaration has been pre-lodged at the port, then clearance can be processed within a few hours of arrival. 

However, your goods may not always go via the “green route”, and there are other considerations such as the payment of duty or random examination. For this reason, it is best to plan for at least 24 hours delay at the border – although it can be longer.

Customs Support is an IIFA- and AEO-accredited customs clearance provider in Ireland, working to provide you with fast and accurate clearance of your goods. Contact us for more information.

Do I need to pay taxes during customs clearance?

You may have to pay import duty and VAT during the import clearance process. This is payable to Irish Revenue in the Republic of Ireland, and to HMRC in the UK (if you are importing into Northern Ireland). 

Whether or not you need to pay import duty and VAT will depend on your commodity, which Ireland it is going to, and where it is coming from. 

For example, goods moving from the EU to the ROI will not pay duty on goods in free circulation, but the same goods may be applicable for import duty in Northern Ireland if they originated outside of the EU. Note that goods sold within the EU single market may also attract tax that is not related to customs clearance. 

Therefore, it is always best to check with an Irish customs clearance specialist for guidance before importing something new. Customs Support provides end-to-end clearance throughout Ireland, the UK, and the EU. Contact us for guidance.

When do I need to complete a customs clearance in Ireland?

A customs clearance is required whenever your goods cross an international border, leave a customs territory, or exit a special procedure. 

This means that importing goods from or exporting goods to countries abroad always require a clearance – no matter which mode of transport you are using.

Goods leaving a customs territory such as a bonded warehouse require a customs clearance before they can be released into free circulation. Taxes may also be paid during this second clearance.

Special procedures such as Import Processing Relief require a clearance once the procedure has been completed or has expired. Taxes may or may not be paid depending on the procedure and circumstances.

Customs Support provides specialist advice on Irish customs clearance.Contact us for more information.

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