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Check customs decs before you ship, warns FTA Ireland

[ January 7, 2021   //   ]

FTA Ireland is warning UK businesses sending goods to Ireland to ensure that they have correct customs declarations or face potential delays on arrival at Dublin and other ports.

In the first week of the new trading relationship between the UK and Ireland, several loads bound for Dublin have been prevented from entering the country due to missing or incorrectly completed paperwork.  And while traffic flows are still building after the festive break, once numbers reach the normal capacity, the failure to follow new processes could have a significant impact, says FTAI.

General manager Aidan Flynn, explains: “We are all facing new trading arrangements for the first time in 40 years and that situation poses issues for all of us.  However, to ensure that goods continue to flow smoothly to and from the Republic, everyone in the supply chain must work together and allocate clear roles and responsibilities.  That way, all the necessary declarations can be completed, and correct paperwork provided to accompany loads.  Without it, delays and frustrations will quickly mount up.”

Irish Customs has a helpline for those moving goods to and from ROI to check that the processes have been followed correctly on 00 353 (0)1 738 33685, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It deals  with enquiries on customs clearance; import/export and transit controls; customs controls on items shipped using AnPost; movement of goods which have a declaration reference number and other general customs queries. For more information visit: