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Moving to Ireland

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Moving to Ireland

What you need to know when moving to Ireland

Moving to IrelandThinking about moving to Ireland from NZ? Wondering what shipping options there are?

The Transworld team are here to help! We arrange relocations to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. As certified and knowledgeable moving specialists, we’ll do all we can to make your move as simple and straightforward as possible.

Whether you’re moving to Ireland on your own, or taking the whole family with you, our team will be there with guidance and support every step of the way.

To help you start thinking about your options, we’ve put together useful tips and advice around:

  1. Shipping options
  2. Irish customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

We offer a number of options for individuals relocating to Ireland. Before you choose one, consider these factors:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?


FCL: for relocating the whole household

Relocating to IrelandIf you’re moving to Ireland with the entire household, we recommend shipping with an FCL (full container load).

This is one of the faster shipping methods, as you don’t share the container with anyone else. Once your items are packed, loaded and checked, they can get on their way.

Key benefits:

  1. More room: fit your whole household into one of our full containers.
  2. Efficient shipping times: with only your items in the container, you’re in control. As soon as it’s ready, the container will be shipped.
  3. Ship everywhere in Ireland: wherever you are, we’ll get your items to you.


Groupage: for when you want to share

We offer Groupage shipping for those with a smaller household or only needing to ship a few items. This option enables you to share the container with others also relocating to Ireland.

An economical choice, this service takes longer than other options due to the fact we must wait until the whole container is full before shipping.

Key benefits:

  1. Cost-effective: the cheapest option, save money by sharing the container with others moving to Ireland.
  2. Space accomodation: only pay for the space that you use.
  3. Ship all over Ireland: our Groupage option ships to any location in Ireland.


Air Freight: for when you need items immediately

Air Freight IrelandThe fastest and most expensive way of shipping to Ireland, this option is best if you have a small amount of items that you need urgently (such as extra baggage).

As this service costs much more than either FCL or Groupage shipping, make sure you are certain of its necessity before booking.

Key benefits:

  1. Speedy delivery: the fastest way to get your items to Ireland.
  2. Ideal for a few crucial items: the quickest way to get the items you can't do without.
  3. Fly to any location: items can be delivered anywhere in Ireland.


How long will shipping take?

  1. FCL: Shipping to Ireland with a full container takes between 8-9 weeks.
  2. Groupage: Transit time for Groupage shipping is generally 10-13 weeks.
  3. Air Freight: the fastest option, air freight takes 2-3 weeks.

Curious about how much relocating to Ireland will cost? Request a free quote!


We’ll take care of Irish customs and quarantine

As part of our door-to-door service, the Transworld team will manage all the customs and quarantine involved in shipping to Ireland. One less thing for you to think about!

With years of experience and knowledge in Irish custom and quarantine regulations, we understand what’s involved in the process and can prepare you accordingly.

We take care of:

  1. Quarantine inspections
  2. Giving you the necessary Irish customs forms
  3. Compiling an inventory of all packed items for use in customs

Republic of Ireland

Republic of IrelandWhat you need to do:

  1. Provide a copy of your passport
  2. Include 2 bank statements and 3 utility bills from previous residence
  3. Supply evidence of employment (a letter from the employer with the start date)
  4. Provide proof of residency in Ireland or a letter confirming accommodation
  5. Supply a bank statement from an Irish bank account
  6. Apply for a PPS number (Personal Public Service)

Northern Ireland

What you need to do:

  1. Supply a copy of your passport
  2. State whether you are moving as a tourist or temporary residence (if so, you will need to provide your intended length of stay)
  3. Apply for a URN (unique reference number) before your items arrive in the UK. This is a requirement for all shipments going to the UK. We recommend you apply as soon as you decide you’re ready to move.

For more information on Northern Ireland customs, head to our UK page.


What you can and can’t ship to Ireland

What you can’t: prohibited and restricted items

There are some Irish customs and quarantine regulations that you should be aware of before you ship your items. Bear these in mind when you begin planning what to take with you.

Items that can’t be shipped, include:

  1. Meat, fish and milk products
  2. Illicit drugs, obscene goods and weapons
  3. Products of endangered species or items of international heritage

If you’re unsure about what you can and can’t take to Ireland, give us a ring. We’d love to help!


Importing firearms and weapons into Ireland

Importing Firearms into IrelandImporting firearms and ammunition into Ireland is prohibited in most cases. If you do want to import these items, you will need to either:

  1. Have a licence issued by Crime 4 (Firearms and Explosives) Division
  2. Hold a current firearm certificate


What you can: shipping vehicles to Ireland

If you are planning to ship a motorbike or vehicle to Ireland, the Transworld team can help you arrange it. You will need to provide:

  1. Copy of Bill of Sale
  2. Copy of latest insurance certificate
  3. Copy of vehicle log book

If you’ve got a query regarding shipping vehicles to Ireland, give us a call. We’re here to help!


What you can: taking pets to Ireland

With a wealth of experience in shipping to Ireland, the Transworld team can help you organise your pet transport. New Zealand is classified as a low-risk non-EU country, so importing animals is allowed but there are some requirements.

To be eligible for importing, your animal must:

  1. Have a veterinary inspection at an EU approved Border Inspection Post (BIP)
  2. Be identified by a microchip
  3. Be vaccinated against rabies


The door-to-door Transworld service

The Transworld team provide a comprehensive shipping service, taking care of every detail involved in moving to Ireland.

We’ll safely pack your goods in NZ, get them shipped to Ireland, manage customs and then get them delivered to your door on the other end.

What’s more, you’ll have a dedicated team member who will be on-hand throughout the process to answer questions, keep you updated and ensure your items arrive safe and secure.

We guarantee to take the pressure off and ensure your goods are delivered safe and secure. Give us a call today for a free quote!


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