All GB Liners’ branches have the facility to know how to quote for and arrange and operate European moves. We recognise, however, that not every branch can be an expert for every European destination and so we have therefore chosen to designate our Manchester branch as our “centre of expertise” for Ireland. You can contact them by phoning 0161 929 8998 or emailing if you require specialist advice. Alternatively, of course, you can contact your local branch if you don’t think you need specialist help.
Unit B1, Stuart Road, Altrincham Business Park, Altrincham, WA14 5GJ
Mon – Fri – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat – 8:30am- 11:30am

Living in Ireland

Advice on living in Ireland can be obtained from:

Customs Formalities Moving to Ireland

Most Customs regimes have several factors in common:

  • People moving to an EU country on a transfer of residence basis (i.e. moving their main place of residence from the UK to that EU country for work or personal reasons) are generally permitted to import their household and personal belongings free of duty and tax.
  • There is usually a requirement to prove that the person moving has previously resided in the UK for a specified qualifying period, by means of presenting documents such as Council Tax bills, bank statements, utility bills etc.
  • There is usually a requirement to prove that permission for residency or employment in the destination country has been granted.
  • There is usually a requirement to prove identity by providing a passport copy.
  • New items (usually less than 6 months old) may be subject to tax.
  • Certain item are usually prohibited e.g. guns, animal skins or products, etc.
  • Certain items are usually restricted e.g. alcohol, tobacco etc.

You will need to be able to supply any required information or documentation before the move is packed, to allow us to have it checked by our agent in the destination country for confirmation that everything is in order. This is essential to ensure that there are no delays at the destination border due to missing or incorrect documentation.

For a move to an EU country being made for any reason other than a transfer of residence, then you should ask us to check the specific Customs requirements for your circumstances and this should be done as early in the process as possible. If, for example, your circumstances were such that carrying-out the move would incur a significant duty or tax liability then that may influence your decision to move altogether. It is essential therefore, that such issues are raised as early as possible.

If you are furnishing a holiday or secondary home in an EU country (that is a home other than your main place of residence), then usually you will have to pay duty or tax on the items that you are moving.

Ireland Overview

The following information outlines the documentation required for importing household goods moves to Southern Ireland, to the best of current knowledge and belief. This is a summary of the documents required for household goods moves from the UK to Southern Ireland on a transfer of residence basis. It does not cover cars, secondary homes, inheritances, or any other exceptional circumstances and for any moves falling into these categories, it is essential that you advise us of your circumstances so that we can check requirements with a local agent in the destination country.

Customs regulations and document requirements for Ireland

  • Documentation proving residence in Ireland. Signed lease agreement and utility bills, bank statements, or official documentation showing permanent place of residence in Ireland but when providing bank statements at least one utility bill is also required.
  • A letter from the Employer confirming position and date of commencement of employment and end date. If moving to Ireland with the same employer a letter saying this will suffice.
  • One-year bank statements showing evidence of day to day living in origin country dated before the date of arrival to Ireland. Customs need to see proof of day to day living in the origin country and so they will also want to see some utility bills from that country.
  • Confirmation of the disposal of the residence in the origin country so this would need to be the last lease agreement with end date on it or confirmation of sale of home (home doesn’t have to be sold just a letter saying it is up for sale will suffice and hasn’t sold yet).
  • Copy of the Photo Page of Passport.
  • Irish PPS or proof of application.
  • Flight/Ferry booking with arrival date into Ireland.
  • Documentary Evidence from Origin and Destination (Employment Contracts, Property/Tenancy Documents, Utility Bills, Bank Statements).
  • Valuation of Shipment.

Documents required for export clearance out of Ireland (for UK bound moves)

  • Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) generated once the Export Declaration & SSD is completed.
  • Detailed Packing/Inventory List with piece count.
  • Copy of the Photo Page of Passport.
  • Shippers Origin (IE) and Destination (UK) address.
  • Valuation of Shipment in £GBP.
  • Completion of UK transfer of residence application and generation of a URN number provided to us by you. (See relevant web page.)
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