The Republic of Ireland is considered an ideal first export market for UK businesses for a variety of reasons: its proximity to the UK, no language barrier, the same time zone and strong transportation links. As the capital of Ireland, Dublin is the leading lane for UK shippers.
As well as similar regulatory and legal framework all make it easy for first-time international shippers to take the leap.
In addition, Ireland is in the top five largest export lanes for the UK and the country imports more from the UK than any other market. In fact, the United Kingdom accounts for 30% of imports into Ireland. Take advantage of this opportunity with UPS for small business as your courier of choice and start shipping to Ireland for as little as £12.99.
With Brexit in effect since 1st January 2021, shipping from the UK to the Republic of Ireland is considered an export. Read more about clearing customs further down on this page, or refer to the EU Trade Helpdesk for more information on import rules and taxes in European markets.
If you are looking to send a time-sensitive parcel, choose our express service that guarantees delivery within one to two business days by 12PM.
For shipments that are not urgent, choose our standard economy solution that’s based on distance and takes up to three business days.
Rest assured that all our services are fully tracked across country borders for free and you can check on your parcel’s status at any time, as can your customers.
Any of our Express services include a money-back guarantee at no additional cost. With this, you receive an extra commitment on the delivery time and an added assurance that, if your parcel arrives late, the shipping costs will be refunded or credited. Additionally, your shipments comes with a basic protection for loss and damage of up to £60. If you wish to increase that protection to £1000, you can do so for only £5 incl. VAT.
If you value convenience and/or don’t want to wait for our driver to come and pick up your parcel from your office, choose our drop-off locations, also known as UPS Access Point locations, to drop-off your parcels.
These are local stores around your neighbourhood where you can drop off parcels when it fits into your schedule. Your parcels will be picked up from those locations and will be delivered to their final destination in Ireland.
Since 1st January 2021, shipping to the Republic of Ireland has become more complex:
Northern Ireland left the EU together with the rest of the UK, however it will continue to be treated as if it is part of the EU customs union.
As the Republic of Ireland remains in the EU, shipments from the UK will therefore be treated as exports. This means they must clear customs and require additional documentation, such as a commercial invoice. Shipments may also be subject to additional duties and fees and you should be registered for an Economic Registration and Identification number (EORI number), a unique ID code used to track and register customs information in the EU.
You can refer to our Shipping after Brexit page for more questions regarding Brexit, whilst the Shipping to Northern Ireland page explains in detail how the border on the island of Ireland is treated. You can also find a wealth of useful information in our international delivery content centre as you prepare your first shipment.
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