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Sending Internationally

Sending to a non-EU country

All items (including gifts) posted from the Republic of Ireland to a country outside the European Union (including Great Britain) must be presented to the Customs authorities in the receiving country.

An Advanced Electronic Declaration (AED) will be required for certain destinations. You can complete this either at your local post office or online using Click & Post.

A CN23 customs declaration must also be completed for all items being sent to non EU countries.
The following information will be required to complete the declaration:

  • Your name and address 
  • The name and address of the recipient
  • A detailed description of the contents of your item
  • Quantity
  • Weight
  • Value
  • Category of the item
  • Additional information

Insufficient data may result in the item being returned to the sender, if rejected by the receiving Customs authorities.


Online sending solutions from popular non-EU countries

Use your local postal providers online sending solution to assist with a smooth customs clearance process for your item

Royal Mail - Click & Drop

Send with Click & Post

An online version of the form can also be completed when you Click & Post online.

Sending within the EU

When sending within the EU, an Aviation Security Declaration, must be attached to all letters, packets or parcels containing goods sent within the EU, excluding Northern Ireland. This is to ensure compliance with airline security regulations. See the full list of prohibited items which cannot travel by air.

You must describe the contents of the item fully and accurately and include your name, address and signature.

A preview of the Aviation Security Declaration can be found below: 


Prohibited items

Some goods are prohibited, and some are subject to restrictions or may require a licence.

Sending to Ireland from non-EU countries

When sending an item to Ireland you will need to supply complete electronic customs data according to Irish Customs regulations.

The minimum mandatory electronic data that is required is: 

  • A valid HS/TARIC Code, use our online tool to find the correct TARIC Code for your items

  • A valid item description 

  • Country of origin 

  • Item value 

  • Postage, insurance, freight paid 

  • Sender name, address details 

  • Addressee name, address 

  • Packet/parcel weight 

You should also ensure the items you are sending are not regarded as prohibited/restricted by An Post. You can do so by reviewing the list on our prohibited items page.

Sending gifts to Ireland from non-EU countries

An Post recommends that those sending gifts into Ireland from non-EU countries use their local postal providers online sending solution where available. This allows you to complete all the required electronic customs data requirements, to ensure your parcel can be cleared with ease upon arrival into Ireland 

Gifts below the value of €45 (including postage) from non-EU countries require valid electronic customs data but do not require any customs or VAT to be paid. Gifts over €45 are charged a customs fee, paid by the receiver. 

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