Export and import regulations
Information in this article relates to the movement of goods to a destination outside the European Union (EU), sometimes called ‘export to a third country’. Trading outside the EU is often subject to restrictions and may require additional licenses. Goods are controlled both at the time of export from Ireland and when imported into another country. You, as the exporter, are responsible for both export and import documents, and for ensuring your customer receives the required documents for importation before the goods arrive.
Trade within the EU, that is, intra-EU supplies, involve no border controls, though there may be Value Added Tax(VAT) implications. The Market Access Database contains extensive information about market access conditions in non-EU countries. It also provides a system for the EU to follow-up complaints about barriers to trade in non-EU countries. It contains information on:
If you export to the USA, duties may apply when the goods are imported. Other customs and security considerations may also apply. Prepare yourself by taking advice from US Customs and Border Protection before you settle terms for sales. Your products may have to comply with performance requirements before they can be sold, or even imported, into third countries, including: