Customs Clearance Brexit


Customs Clearance – Brexit

As we draw closer to the 30th March 2019 and with “no deal” a huge possibility, companies within Ireland are preparing for BREXIT.

If you are one of many businesses that now needs to think “Customs Clearance” or “Export Clearance” to comply with the Irish Revenue requirements, you may well want to contact Emerald Freight and explore our services.

AEO – Authorised Economic Operator

Emerald Freight are proud to have AEO status (Authorised Economic Operator) AEO status is a certified standard authorisation issued by customs administrations in the European Union (EU).

Why should you apply for AEO?

AEO allows a trader to be recognised worldwide as a safe, secure and compliant trader in international trade.

AEO is not mandatory but it does give faster access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases, shipments can be fast-tracked through customs procedures.  The AEO status also indicates that a trader’s customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

Below are some of the benefits associated with AEO

  • Priority treatment if selected for checks
  • Possibility to request a specific place for customs controls
  • Lower inspection costs
  • Reduced theft and losses
  • Fewer delayed shipments
  • Improved planning
  • Improved customer service


There are generally three types of AEO status.  Traders authorised for customs simplification (an AEOC), traders authorised for security and safety (AEOS) or a combination of the two. The AEO status granted by one-member state is recognised by the customs authorities in all member states.

Any trader established in the EU who is part of an international supply chain and is involved in customs activities can apply to their country’s customs authority for AEO status (so the Revenue Commissioners for traders established in Ireland).  For example, manufacturers, exporters, warehouse operators, clearance agents, importers or freight forwarders can all apply for AEO status. They just need an EORI number to do so.

Import – Export Customs Clearance Team

Emerald Freight have a team of experienced ‘custom clearance personal’ with the expertise to submit declarations for all modes of transport, Airfreight – Road Freight – Ocean Freight.

Likewise, if you are an Irish Exporter we have a team on hand to look after your export declarations on your behalf with customs.

Our internal system is linked directly to Irish customs via AEP, we electronically submit declarations to customs on your behalf and in most cases, we can have a routing within 5 minutes. Routings come in the traffic light colours.

Green – Your shipment has been released by Customs

Orange – Your shipment has been stopped, custom officers require to see all paperwork and to take a further look, please note this can be a random check

Red – Your shipment has been stopped by customs and an officer will physically want to see and check the cargo + paperwork

Emerald’s Deferment facility

We have our very own account set up directly with Revenue whereby we outlay the Vat & Duty on your behalf – we will then ask you to make payment into our special account. This is a seamless transaction and saves you applying for your own account.

We forward you a copy of the Customs Declaration (SAD) this document should be kept on file in the event of an Audit. Emerald also hold copies for 6 years and can be requested when needed.

Economic Operators Registration and Identification system (EORI)

If you do not already have an EORI number you will need to apply, this is a unique given to your company. The Number is valid throughout the European Union and is used as a common reference number for interaction with the customs authorities in any member state.

Please see Emerald’s EORI Guide here

If you have any issues when registering, please contact ROS helpdesk at or 1890 201106.

Classification of your Products

As an Importer / Exporter from outside the EU (soon to include UK), you must classify your goods for customs purposes, every product will have its own specific code and this code will determine the amount of duty payable to the Revenue.

Examples below, all have different 10-digit codes

  • iPhone
  • Tiles
  • Stone
  • Food & Beverage
  • Machinery
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Construction material

You can use TARIC to classify your goods to the appropriate ten digit code that you will need to import or export your goods.  

You will also be able to view the following material in TARIC:

  • suspension of duties
  • tariff quotas
  • tariff preferences
  • anti-dumping measures.

Some helpful email addresses & Telephone numbers

Branch & Function(s) carried out




Customs Procedures Branch,
Classification Unit 

ï        Tariff classification of goods for customs purposes, including Binding
Tariff Information (B.T.I.)

067 63370

1890 62 63 64

067 32385


Authorisations and reliefs (including AEO)

General import/export procedure

Prohibitions and restrictions

Advice for contacting Revenue

If you import a regular product I would suggest you contact the Revenue for what’s called a BTI (Binding Tariff) see below details, if you proceed and complete this process you will receive the below benefits

Benefits of BTI for traders

  • Legal certainty regarding tariff classification decisions.
  • Uniform application of the rules of classification throughout the European Union. Revenue will advise traders if any classification changes occur that affect their BTI.
  • A BTI may be invalidated due, for example, to a change in European Union legislation. In such cases traders may be entitled to a ‘period of grace’. If approved, this allows traders to complete any binding contracts entered on the basis of that BTI.

Please find below link for more information

Recap on Services

  • AEO Certified
  • Use of our Deferment Facility
  • Free Consultation with our Business Development Director
  • Assistance with Tariff Classification
  • We hold copies of declarations for 6 years, copies available upon request if your company receive a Customs Audit
  • Clearance performed for all modes – Road – Air – Sea
  • Emerald cover all Airports and Ports in Ireland – Dublin – Cork – Shannon – Waterford etc. 
  • Assistance is acquiring an EORI number
  • Excellent prices based on request

For rates and further details please contact Mick Woods, who will be happy to discuss our solutions with you.

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