Ireland - Selling and buying
Reaching the consumers
Market access procedures
Importing goods from outside the European Union need to be declared by making an entry and delivering to Customs. Approved traders and agents can input this data directly into Customs' computerized entry processing system, known as Direct Trader Input (DTI).
As part of the "SAFE" standards advocated by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Union has set up a new system of import controls, the "Import Control System" (ICS), which aims to secure the flow of goods at the time of their entry into the customs territory of the EU. This control system, part of the Community Program eCustomer, has been in effect since January 1, 2011. Since then, operators are required to pass an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the customs of the country of entry, prior to the introduction of goods into the customs territory of the European Union.
Organizing goods transport
While Ireland has more paved road on a per capita basis than any other country in the EU, it lacks an efficient network of highways. 96% percent of all inland passenger transport and over 90% of inland freight transport are conveyed by road. The balance is carried by rail. A rail system provides passenger and freight services to most cities and main towns, including those in Northern Ireland. Ireland authority is Irish Rail Iarnrod Eireann, Northern Ireland Railways for Northern Ireland.
Ireland has 4 international airports (Dublin, Shannon, Cork, and Knock) with numerous daily air connections to Europe and worldwide.
The National Road Authority (NRA) is developing the roads infrastructures. The authority in charge of transport is the Department of Transport.