An Post explains post Brexit parcel bureaucracy

Irish An Post has announced the way parcels between Great Britain and Ireland will be handled now the UK has left the EU. Charges on parcels heading into Ireland will now have to be paid before the customer receives the parcel.

Cyril McGrane, Director of International Trade, An Post said: “In addition to making preparations for Brexit, An Post has also been preparing for the single biggest change to the customs regime in the history of the State: the implementation of Customs 2020, the EU programme to enable national customs administrations to create and exchange information electronically.  Our priority is to make the changes as easy as possible for customers.”

With regard mail and parcels to and from Northern Ireland there will be no change to the status quo before Brexit. However there are to be changes to the system from Great Britain.

All GB goods entering Ireland – some 16 million annually – will require customs formalities and the payment of EU VAT on the parcel before delivery. Each parcel will have to have a customs declaration that can be done online. In most cases the customer will pay any tariffs and duties online at the checkout. Where this isn’t done they will pay An Post prior to delivery.

UK retailers that have an existing relationship with An Post and 95% have signed up to a digital solution where shoppers can pay all charges in the shopping basket at the point of purchase.

With regard sending parcels to GB, An Post customers will have to fill out a customs declaration for every parcel sent. Where the value of the parcel is under €45, there will be no duties payable. Those businesses exporting to Great Britain will require an EORI number from the Irish inland revenue that allows them to export and import outside of the EU. Some will also have to register with the UK HMRC to pay VAT on the goods they are sending into the country.