Send a parcel to Ireland

Country Spotlight: How to Send to Ireland with Interparcel

8th March 2022, 1:01pm in Shipping Advice by Amy Newham

The Republic of Ireland, home to lush landscapes, medieval castles and the Guinness Store House, has many stunning landmarks that date back hundreds of years.

The Emerald Isle's proximity to the UK has meant that it has long been a popular tourist destination as well as a delivery route. At Interparcel, our partnerships with specialist international couriers allow us to offer some of the best shipping rates to Ireland. So, whether you need to send a parcel to a friend in Dublin, a business partner in Cork, or a family member in Galway, we have a service for you!

Why ship to Ireland?

Dublin castle

The Republic of Ireland's stunning scenery of its 2,000-mile Atlantic coastline has resulted in rich culture and heritage development.

In 2019, trade between the UK and Ireland was worth £38 billion, with the imports from Ireland alone amounting to £24.4 billion. Trade between the two is most often surrounding livestock and services.

For UK and Irish nationals who have moved across for work or to live, sending parcels to loved ones back home or for occasions is essential. Its proximity has meant that parcel delivery to Dublin, Cork and beyond is fast and straightforward.

With years of experience sending globally, we have an extensive selection of courier services to suit your shipping needs. We offer some of the lowest rates of selected services to Ireland for individual or business deliveries.

What to know when shipping to Ireland

Due to our fantastic shipping links, packages can quickly be sent to Ireland in no time! Even post-Brexit Ireland is still a popular destination for senders of all kinds because, at Interparcel, we make the shipping process simple. To make sure that everything is in order before you send a parcel to Ireland, here are a few things to consider:

Prohibited and Restricted items

It's essential you check that your items are suitable for sending to Ireland or any location you intend to ship to. We have compiled country and courier-based lists that outline the prohibited and restricted items.

Customs Invoice

When sending a package to Ireland, you must fill out a Customs invoice. Your customs documents will determine how much tax/duties will need to be paid, so it is essential that is filled in correctly to avoid delays.

When you book with Interparcel, we provide you with all the customs documents you will need to successfully clear Customs. When completing the form(s), you must:

  • Accurately describe each item you are sending: rather than saying 'shoes', write 'black leather trainers for a child aged 3-4.'
  • State the value of the item: how much it was bought/sold for
  • The material the item is made from
  • The country of origin: where you are sending from

Safely package your parcel

To avoid damage to your parcel, keep in mind your package will be handled multiple times when loaded on and off vehicles and aircraft. When packaging goods to send to Ireland, make sure to:

  • Use a robust and double-walled cardboard box
  • Individually wrap and protect loose items from movement/vibrations
  • Fill any space in the box with cushioning materials such as packing peanuts, tissue paper or bubble-wrap
  • Invest in strong packing tape designed to withstand all temperatures
  • Securely attach labels and documents

If you need some extra guidance, our video on packaging a parcel demonstrates how to wrap your items efficiently for shipment!

Why use Interparcel to send to Ireland?

Ireland parcel destination

With over a decade of industry experience, sending to over 250 countries and territories, we are experts in reliable and affordable parcel delivery. Alongside our courier partners, we have ensured our customers find the cheapest ways to send a gift to Ireland.

We also aim to offer our customers the lowest prices and fastest delivery times on international postage. Senders can benefit from Economy, Express and Timed delivery services depending on the urgency of their package and send a parcel to Ireland in just a few clicks!

To see postage price comparisons to Ireland, just pop your parcel dimensions and weight into our Quote Tool and find a service that suits you.

Sending to Northern Ireland?

Since Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, there are different rules for parcel sending but they still require a Customs Invoice. As long as goods stay in Northern Ireland, the receiver won't have to pay any customs fees but may be asked to provide proof of residency.

Are you a business wanting to export to Ireland?

If you are a business looking to start posting parcels to Ireland, sending is even more straightforward. Our Shipping Manager can help you to help organise, fulfil and ship orders from multiple marketplaces in just a few clicks!

Our shipping services integrate with all of the big names in eCommerce to support international selling. Interparcel users that integrated their online stores also benefit from:

  • Advanced shipping manager: collate orders from multiple eCommerce platforms into one place
  • Multi-channel fulfilment: collates orders from multiple e-marketplaces into one place
  • Simple customs forms: streamlined customs invoices to speed up the process
  • In-built address verification and correction, no more manual errors or unprofessional mistakes
  • Parcel Presets to save parcel details for faster sending
  • 'Send Again' and 'Return Parcel' actions to streamline repeat and return orders
  • Branded tracking to customise the logo and colour of your tracking portal and create a unique URL
  • Cheap shipping to Ireland!

Our parcel delivery experts are on hand if you have any questions on sending a parcel to Ireland, or any other worldwide destination. Book a service today using our Quick Quote tool!

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