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Moving Household Goods to Ireland from U.S.

International moving services to Ireland

U.S. International Moving Services to Ireland

Relocating overseas and thinking about what you'd like to bring? Keep in mind that what you pay is essentially determined by the volume of goods you actually need to move.

Our international moving service to Ireland specializes in consolidated shipping of household goods. With this service, you're only paying for the space you need in a shared container.

Using this option when shipping your effects will cut the costs for those that do not need to book their own container. However we do offer full container services as well.

Remember that most electrical appliances won't work in Ireland, as the voltage is different over there. The standard is 240v as opposed to 110v.

Smaller items such as tablets and handheld gaming consoles can be charged with the necessary adapters.

Shipping and Importing Household Goods

The process of moving household goods to Ireland from the U.S. is straightforward and we've compiled a basic overview for you.

Once your belongings have left one of our departure locations (Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Savannah, New Jersey/New York) they'll be on the water in route to Dublin.

Upon arriving, there are certain documents you, or your international shipping agent, will need to present to customs. These include:

  • Irish customs form notice 1076
  • Customs form CU56
  • A detailed inventory list of the items. 2 copies.
  • Passport
  • Docs pertaining to residency

Because you are bringing your household goods to Ireland, we are assuming that you plan on staying and applying for residency if you haven't already and we touch on this in a later section.

In order to move your personal effects and import them duty free, you'll have to make sure that that they have been in your possession for over 6 months and that you have lived in the U.S. for more than a year.

For new goods and excise items like alcohol and tobacco, you will be expected to pay taxes and customs duties. VAT in Ireland is 23% at its highest and drops depending on the item.

Moving Your Home and Personal Effects to Ireland

Things to Consider When Relocating to Ireland

  • Irelands national language is Gaeltacht, mainly spoken in Galway, Kerry, Cork & Mayo. English is spoken all over as the main language.
  • Ireland is the home of Guinness
  • Gaelic Games such as Hurling, Handball & Camogie. are still very popular
  • Golf has been known to be played in Ireland also!
  • Foreign person wishing to reside in Ireland, must have a valid entry VISA
  • Population of about 4.6 Million, ranked 120th in the World
  • VAT for 2013 is set at 23%

3 Different Service Options to Choose from

  1. Shared container service
  2. Exclusive use container
  3. Vehicle transport to Ireland

4 Major Cities in Ireland we ship Household Goods to:

  • Dublin
  • Belfast
  • Cork
  • Galway

Tax Information for Those Moving Homes to Ireland:

Knowing the income tax structure for Ireland is something that everyone should know before they move here. In Ireland, the tax on an individual's income is progressive and for 2013 the tax rates are 20% and 41% respectively and in some cases there are reduced rates.

For those relocating to Ireland to start a business, as of 2013 the rate is fixed at 12.5%. The landscape is different for trading income and the rate on passive income is 25%. To get all the updated information, visit Ireland's Revenue Service.

Ireland individual income tax rates 2013 (single)

Tax base (EUR)

Tax (%)

0 - 32,800


32,801 and over

41% on base exceeding 32,800

In order to be considered an Irish resident you must have residency for more than 183 days a year in Ireland or residency of more than 280 days over a period of two years. This distinction is important as it pertains to taxable income for those on a salary.

Your employer is obligated to take out the amount of taxes payable each month. If you plan on being self employed, you are going to have to prepay the income tax which will be offset later after filing your return.It is important to point out that as regards taxable income from a salary; the employer is obligated to deduct the amount of tax payable on a monthly basis. A self-employed person must prepay income tax that will be offset on filing an annual return.

Tips for Pet Transportation to Ireland

  • Different permits for; Cats, Dogs and Ferrets than for; Birds, Rabbits and Rodents
  • Pet must be vaccinated against Rabies within 21 days of arrival
  • Dogs must be treated for tapeworm between 24 and 120 hours before travel

Ireland Form of Declaration


A private individual having his/her normal place of residence outside the EC may import household effects for the purposes of furnishing a secondary residence in the State without payment of Customs Duty, subject to compliance with the conditions and procedure set out in this Notice. The exemption does not extend to Value-Added tax (VAT)

“Household effects” means personal effects, household linen, furnishings and equipment intended for the personal use of the persons concerned or the meeting their household needs. The relief does not apply to alcoholic products, tobacco or tobacco products.

2. Conditions

  1. The relief is limited to household effects which, except in special cases justified by the circumstances, have been owned and used by the persons concerned for a minimum period of six months prior to the date of their exportation and which are appropriate both by nature and quantity to the normal furnishings of a secondary residence.
  2. The relief will be granted only to persons who (i) have had their normal place of residence outside the EC for a continuous period of at least twelve months; (ii) are the owners or have rented the secondary residence in question for not less than two years, and (iii) undertake not to let the secondary residence to third parties while they or their families are absent.
  3. The relief is limited to one occasion for one and the same secondary residence.
  4. The grant of relief may be made subject to the provision of security to ensure payment of any Customs Duty that may accrue under paragraphs (e) and (f) hereunder.
  5. Hire or transfer of the secondary residence to a third person before the expiry of a period of two years from the date of acceptance of the import declaration for the household effects shall entail payment of the relevant Customs duties on them at the rate applying on the date of such hire or transfer, on the basis of the type of effects and the customs value ascertained or accepted on the date. Nevertheless, the relief shall continue to apply if the household effects concerned are used to furnish a new secondary residence provided that the conditions as outlined at paragraph (b) (ii) and (iii) above are respected.
  6. Any loan, giving as security, hiring out or transfer, whether for a consideration or free of charge, of the household effects themselves to a third person before the expiry of a period of two years from the date of acceptance of the import declaration shall likewise entail payment of the relevant Customs duties under the same conditions as those referred to in paragraph (e) above. This period may be extended up to 10 years for valuable household effects.

3. Documentary Evidence Required

Documentary evidence of ownership or rental of the secondary residence for the required period must be produced together with documentary evidence that the person concerned has his/her normal place of residence outside the EC (such as documentation relating to the purchase, rental or lease of property, employment or occupational information or other evidence of day to day living).

4. Procedure

  1. All goods to be imported should be listed and enumerated in Appendix A of this Notice and on such additional sheets as may be necessary and the declaration completed by the importer (owner) of the goods. The first declaration in Appendix B includes a claim to exemption from Customs duties in respect of the property being imported and is to be made by the importer or by the person or firm (e.g. Customs Clearance Agent, Shipping Co.,) whom the importer has authorised to act on his/her behalf. The second declaration relates to the loading of the van or container in which the goods are packed and is to be completed in all cases by the carrier of the goods (i.e. by the haulier or transport company responsible for delivering the goods to the place of unloading or by the importer where the goods are packed and transported by him/her).
  2. If any articles of gold or silver plate are imported, a statutory declaration must be made by the owner on Form No. CU 56, to the effect that such articles are being imported for private use, and are not for sale or exchange. Alternatively, a declaration to this effect may be made by the owner on Customs Form C&E No. 136, in the presence of the Revenue Official at the place of importation, who will supply copies of the form. (This requirement does not apply to electro-plated goods).
  3. The Single Administrative Document (S.A.D.) must be completed in duplicate, and presented, together with the completed declaration(s) and list, to Revenue at the place of importation.

5. Prohibited/Restricted Goods

Certain goods may not be imported/brought into the State or may be imported/brought into the State only under license. The principal items are firearms, ammunition, explosives, dangerous drugs, indecent or obscene books, hay or straw or articles packed with these materials. A full list of prohibited and restricted items is contained in the Customs and Excise Tariff of Ireland.

6. Other Legal Requirements

The relief from Customs duties provided for in this Notice does not exempt the importer from compliance with any legal requirement, obligation, restriction or prohibition other than the requirement of paying at the time of importation the Customs duties which would otherwise be payable on the goods.

7. Further Information

Further information may be obtained from:
Transit & Relief's Unit,
Customs Division,
Customs Procedures,
Government Offices,
Co. Tipperary

For further information on any of above, call and discuss your move with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677

Written by Damien Shields

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