The Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state in northwestern Europe that occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located in the eastern part of the island; its metropolitan area is home to around a third of the country’s population of 4.6 million. It’s a smart move to export from the US to Ireland.

The economy of Ireland is a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. In terms of GDP per capita, Ireland is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD. The country features a low corporation tax, currently at a 12.5 percent standard rate.

The Irish economy began to recover from the global recession in 2014, growing by 4.8 percent that year, making Ireland the fastest-growing economy in the European Union. As Irish seaports handle 99.5 percent of Irish foreign trade (by volume), you should learn more about how to export from the US to Ireland.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

You may either share a container or have exclusive use of one when shipping a container to Ireland. The volume of your shipment will determine whether you require a full container load (FCL) or groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL).

A shipment of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container load (FCL). Six pallets are equal to a bit more than half the capacity of a 20-foot container, which accommodates 10 standard pallets; a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets.

As contact with other exporters’ goods may potentially pose some risk of damage to your goods, you may wish to choose FCL even if your shipment is small.

If this is not a concern, a shared container (LCL) can offer cost savings, as you will pay only for the shipping space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Ireland

  • Port of Cork
    Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland, and is one of only two Irish ports that service the requirements of all six shipping modes (Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk and cruise). The port has berthing facilities at Cork City, Tivoli, Cobh and Ringaskiddy.

  • Port of Dublin
    The port of Dublin’s main activity is freight handling, with a wide range of vessels, from large container carriers to small diesel lighters, visiting daily. Dublin handles almost 50 percent of the Republic’s trade and two-thirds of all containerized trade, and is the largest of the three base ports on the island of Ireland (the others being Belfast and Cork).

Air Freight Transportation to Ireland

If your shipment is urgent or you are working with a tight deadline, ocean freight may not be appropriate for you; air freight may be a better choice. Air freight comes with some restrictions in terms of volume and weight, so we recommend that you consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine which option is right for you.