Customs FAQ

Customs FAQ

A customs declaration is an official document that lists and gives details of goods that are being imported or exported.
If you are importing goods to Ireland from outside the EU you are legally required to lodge a customs declaration which will place goods under a customs procedure. The declaration should typically be lodged in advance of the vehicle arriving in the state. CustomsDeclaration.ie offers a personalised online customs agent service for people importing vehicles to Ireland. For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration.
For all intents and purposes there is no such a thing as a customs declaration form. In order to complete a customs declaration you require specialist software and customs expertise. As a result many people and businesses appoint a Customs Agent to complete a customs declaration on their behalf. CustomsDeclaration.ie offers a personalised online customs agent service for people importing vehicles to Ireland. For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration.
MRN stands for Movement Reference Number. Each time a customs declaration is submitted to Customs an MRN is issued which uniquely identifies the shipment. The MRN number is the customs registration number that enables the customs authority to identify and process your shipment in the customs system.
PBN stands from Pre-Boarding Notification. A PBN is a 'virtual envelope' where the details of the MRNs of all the customs declarations relating to the goods included in a shipment. Without a valid PBN, a vehicle traveling as freight will not be allowed to board a ferry.
SAD stands for Single Administrative Document. It is a document used for customs declarations in the EU. Once your vehicle has cleared customs you will bring a copy of the SAD with you to the NCT centre when VRTing your vehicle. CustomsDeclaration.ie offers a personalised online customs agent service for people importing vehicles to Ireland. For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration.
It typically takes between 24 and 48 hours to prepare and lodge a customs declaration for a vehicle.
Your vehicle will clear customs once it arrives in the state, provided a customs declaration has been successfully lodged and customs duty and VAT paid. In some cases it may take a few days to clear customs if customs wish to inspect the vehicle and associated documentation.
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