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Preparing your international removal to Ireland

Ireland or the Republic of Ireland is a culturally rich country that has its unique culture and history while retaining many European characteristics. The capital city, Dublin is economically and culturally strong and is home to one-fourth of the country’s population. Moving to Ireland from the United States is both beautiful and difficult. Moving overseas is not an easy task, you have to adjust to different cultures, laws and undertake the herculean task of shipping your personal belongings during your international relocation.


DOCUMENTATION for you moving to Ireland


PACKAGING of your belongings


TRACKING your shipment online


RECEPTION of all your goods


Cost of moving to Ireland from USA


Most people tend to underestimate the cost of moving overseas. If you’re moving to Ireland from USA, you need to be aware of an important factor that affects the cost and the entire shipping solution. The price of moving your belongings to Ireland depends on how you choose to ship them. Whether it’s your furniture, car or clothes, you have two ways to move your belongings: LCL and FCL solution.

LCL solution is perfect for you if you want to ship small and non-fragile belongings. LCL stands for Less than Container Load and is used for when you don’t have enough items in a single shipment to fill an entire container. In this case, the container is filled with multiple shipments and the cost is divided accordingly. LCL allows you to move your belongings to Ireland in a cost-effective and reliable manner. If you do opt for LCL, make sure that you do not include fragile items as a part of the shipment as there are chances of it being damaged due to the shared nature of the LCL solution.

For those of you who want to ship a substantial amount of personal belongings, FCL is the way to go. FCL or Full Container Load is a shipping solution where you use an entire container for a single shipment. While moving your goods or household to Ireland, you should choose an FCL solution if you want to ship items like your furniture, dishes and other fragile belongings. To know more about FCL shipping, click here.


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There are several factors that affect international moving costs. One such factor is the number of belongings that you want to take with you and how you plan to live in Ireland.


Moving to Ireland with some boxes or belongings that fit in a pallet is possible when you’re taking some clothes and other personal items with you. In this case, you will be opting for an LCL solution to meet your shipping needs.


Apartments (< 70m²)

If your apartment in Ireland is small and you plan to carry limited items, you will be needing a 20ft container to fit

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House (> 70m²)

If you’re planning to move into a big apartment or a large house, you will most likely be moving with a lot of personal belongings. To fit items like your car, bicycle, furniture, other appliances and more you may need a 40ft container.


Tips to reduce the cost of moving to Ireland


Moving can be stressful on its own as there a lot of moving parts involved in the whole process. Having proper documentation is key to reduce the stress and the cost of moving to Ireland. After arranging for your personal documentation, you need to look at the paperwork for your shipment. Also, for your residence in Ireland (apart from your study or work visa if you have applied), you will need to acquire health insurance before traveling. Moving paperwork and moving documentation is quite different, it is known as a ‘shipping packing list’. This packing list is a summary of the item details, the shipping destination and other relevant information.

Packing your furniture for an international moving

Packing furniture is crucial when it comes to moving overseas. Ocean movements are infamous for being rough. Whether it’s LCL or FCL, you need to ensure that you have packed your furniture the right way. One such way is to ensure that there’s more than adequate bubble wrap and if possible, the furniture is dismantled to ensure a safe and efficient shipping process for relocation.

What items can not be sent in a moving container?

As per the Ireland customs website, certain goods cannot be imported to Ireland or can only be imported under license. Some examples of items that cannot be imported (or must be imported under license):

  • Firearms, ammunition, explosives and fireworks

  • Plants or bulbs

  • Live animals or dead animals (including cats and dogs)

  • Endangered species

  • Meat and meat products, milk and milk products, and certain foodstuffs (with specific exceptions)

  • Hay or straw (even if used as packing)

  • Oral smokeless tobacco products (for example, Snus)


After moving to Ireland, you will be subject to the local and national taxation laws. For US citizens, there is a tax treaty between Ireland and the United States that deals with double taxation and other tax-related information. In order to ensure that you are in the clear, it’s a good idea to consult your moving advisor who can guide you based on your personal situation and queries.

Where to ship when moving to Ireland

Located on the western fringe of Europe, Ireland is home to some of the most distinguishable natural sceneries and an amiable socio-political and natural coalescence. The total population of Ireland is around 4.8 million and 1/4th of them live in the capital city of Dublin. The major cities of Ireland include Dublin and Cork.

  • Port of Dublin: located in the province of Leinster, Dublin is the capital city of Ireland a common destination for living and working. The city is also the chief port and the financial center of the country. With a maritime temperate climate and a populous lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Dublin has become the center of all activities in Ireland.

  • Port of Cork: is the second-largest city in Ireland. Cork harbor is considered to be one of the best natural harbors in Europe and it is the second-busiest in Ireland. Cork blissfully blends old traditions with modern values through its architecture and infrastructure.

Need more help on your moving to Ireland ?

Also, if you need further information about how to manage your international removal, you can also check our help center. You will find resources about the processes. We really hope you enjoy your future home.

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