Shipping from Ireland to the UK is fast becoming one of the most popular delivery routes as a lot of businesses are developing and require cheap import services more frequently.
Despite the two countries only being separated by a small stretch of water, there can be numerous difficulties in dispatching across the sea, and the process often involves spending a small fortune and waiting days, or even weeks, for it to arrive at your intended destination.
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Do I need to deal with customs when sending from Southern Ireland to the UK?
Shipping within the EU is simple and legislation rarely changes often. However, if you are looking to ship a parcel, you must know the most up-to-date information on VAT, whether your goods are subject to licensing or other controlling factors and when to report your sales figures to Intrastat.
Southern Ireland benefits from free movement of goods between itself and any other EU member state. Parcels and shipments in transit through the EU are "dispatched" upon leaving the origin country, and "arrivals" upon entering the final destination. These terms are exclusive to the single market trade, as opposed to the terms "import" and "export" used for international trade with non-EU countries. This means that for packages between Southern Ireland and the UK, there is no need for special customs documentation unless you are exporting for sales to international organisations based in the UK.
How much does it cost to send a parcel to the UK from Southern Ireland?
As business grows between the two countries, couriers are competing to offer the lowest prices, making importing a parcel from Southern Ireland to the UK cheaper and cheaper. We offer a variety of shipping options for cheap imports from Southern Ireland to the UK, starting with Euro Import up to Express Import. Economy pricing starts at just £18 +VAT for a standard small parcel (45cm long, 35cm wide, 16cm thick) weighing 1kg, and £42 +VAT for an Express Import, with a standard delivery time of 2-5 days depending on the service chosen.
How should I address my parcel for delivery to the UK?
The UK has a relatively simple address system, easily recognised by its use of postcodes. Any parcel destined for the UK must be written in clear capitals and begin with a house/business name or street number, followed by street address, town, county, country and full postcode. The postcode is the most defining part of a UK address and it is vital this is included in full.
What items can you send from Southern Ireland to the UK?
The majority of goods in transit within the EU aren't restricted, but some do need a permit or licence. Most commonly, food dispatched within the EU requires certification, and you must obtain licences for shipping medicines and controlled drugs. Other common items that require certain permits are weapons and money, but if you are aiming to ship something far more unusual, such as an artefact or object of cultural interest, it is recommended you research customs and licenses thoroughly in the UK before shipping. Failure to do so may result in confiscation.