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Ireland Import Restrictions

In order to enter Ireland, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Ireland government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Ireland, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Ireland.

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Irish authorities before posting:

Special documentation

Ireland requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Commercial goods require an invoice. Senders should show on customs documentation:


For gifts, senders should mark customs documentation gift package. Goods of a total value not exceeding 45 EUR which are sent as bona fide gifts by a private individual in a country outside the EC for the personal or family use of a private individual in the State, will be admitted free of customs duty.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Ireland prohibits:

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.