Clearing Irish Customs

With our over 30 years of experience, we help you prepare for a successful transfer of residence application. We begin this process before you even load your container.

If you have resided outside of Ireland for a minimum of 12 months, you are eligible to claim a transfer of residence application of goods you have owned for a minimum of 6 months. This allows you to import your used personal effects, used household goods and vehicle without paying duty/VAT. The more documents you can provide, the better.

IMPORTANT: Your belongings can only be imported up to 364 days from your original date of moving with this exemption!

For more information, visit the Irish Revenue website.

What documents are required for a successful TOR Application?

  • TOR Form
  • C&E 1076 Form
  • Proof of address abroad and in Ireland
  • Valued packing list

US Based Documents showing your name and address:

  • Utility bills, bank statements, and/or pay stubs from:
    • 13 months prior to arrival
    • 6 months prior to arrival
    • Last one issue
  • Proof of disposal of US property
    • A lease agreement
    • Contract from sale of home
    • Listing agreement from Realtor
  • Optional – letter from your employer wishing you luck and showing dates of employment

Irish Based Proof of Address Documents

Your Irish address evidence documents must be dated after your listed arrival date on the C&E form or right before your arrival.

You need at least 3 sources. Choose from:

  • Auto insurance policy
  • Driver’s License
  • Letter from social services or another government agency
  • Utility bill
  • Lease
  • Purchase of home
  • Health insurance policy
  • Offer of employment
  • Wheelie bin invoice
  • Bank statement

Importing Tools

Tools of trade are NOT EXEMPT from duty and VAT. We recommend keeping any receipts you have, pictures, and making a detailed list of the tools you are importing. You will be charges VAT + duty.

As of January 2021:

  • Current duty = 21% of value
  • VAT on hand tools = 10% of value

IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE INVENTORY

FAILURE TO DECLARE ITEMS CAN RESULT IN MASSIVE FINANCIAL PENALTIES AND FRUSTRATION. It is VITAL to prepare an accurate inventory to prevent :

  • PENALTIES
  • Loss of TOR exemption on the entire shipment
  • Seizure of goods
  • Duty & VAT being assessed on every single item
  • Fines by steamship line for misdeclaration

Containers can be inspected at any point of the supply chain. Here are some common methods customs departments use to examine a container:

  • X-Ray
  • Camera
  • Physical Unloading at a bonded warehouse with customs officer supervising and comparing to your inventory