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Moving to Ireland

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By moving to Ireland you will not only live in a developed and tolerant country with lots of attractions that will spice up your weekend. From stunning coastlines to the breathtaking countryside, Ireland has it all. Being a small country with an excellent road network, exploring this beautiful country will become your new weekend passion.

Have you already packed your bags to move to Ireland? Hold on a minute, perhaps some of the stuff that you’ve packed was prohibited by the state. To ensure you do not get in trouble while moving to Ireland, get familiar with all the shipping methods and customs regulations in Ireland.

Moving to Ireland by Sea Freight

If you have decided to move to Ireland by sea freight, considering the volume of your shipment, you can choose between two transportation methods.

Moving to Ireland by Air Freight

The fastest way to relocate household goods to Ireland is by air freight. Your valuables will arrive in Ireland in a matter of days for you to start furnishing your home.

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Air Freight
Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Those who are planning to move a substantial amount of household goods to Ireland, send their items using the FCL (Full Container Load) shipping method. Full Container Load allows you to have an individual container filled exclusively with your valuables whether it’s full or not.

There are 3 different container sizes to choose from when moving to Ireland:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

If you do not require a full container, you can relocate to Ireland using the shared container shipping method. If you are moving to Ireland with only essential household items or some extra furniture, choose from the following two.

Groupage Shipping

When moving to Ireland using the groupage shipping method, cargo with the same destination is combined and consolidated by a mover into one container. Groupage shipping allows senders to share costs, making it an affordable way to move overseas.

LCL shipping

When shipping to Ireland using the Less than Container Load method, your moving company will make a wooden crate for your household goods, which will be given to the freight forwarder to ship overseas along with your other shipments in the same container.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to Ireland if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in Ireland in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Ireland:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

There are 2 ways to move to Ireland with Hercules International Movers:

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Door to Port

When choosing the door-to-port service for a move to Ireland, Hercules Moving Company will pack and deliver your belongings for shipment to an Irish port. This method is predominantly chosen by those who are required to be present during customs clearance.

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Door to Door

The majority choose the door-to-door delivery service, with the international moving company being responsible not only for assembling, packing, and shipping your household items to Ireland but also for arranging the delivery, unpacking, and assembling your valuables upon arrival.

Moving household goods to Ireland

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to Ireland
Moving Pets to Ireland
Electronics in Ireland

Customs Regulations

  1. All cargo imported into Ireland are subject to customs clearance.
  2. All goods must be owned by the shipper for at least 12 months before importation.
  3. Necessary documents must be obtained by the agent before the arrival of the shipment to minimize any port charges.
  4. A letter from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs authorizing the release of cargo from the port (diplomats).
  5. Must be confirmed before arrival at the port, as Ireland only grants the same privileges it does in the country of origin.
  6. The owner of the goods need not be present during customs clearance.
  7. The owner of the goods should arrive in the country before the cargo arrives.
  8. Used household goods may be allowed to be imported on a duty-free and tax-free basis after a TK check.
  9. Imports that do not qualify as part of a TK shipment will be subject to duty (variable) and value-added tax (VAT) of about 23%.
  10. If they do not have a European Union passport, they must provide a copy of an Irish entry clearance visa.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  1. New furniture and household items (items purchased within 6 months of the date of shipment are subject to customs duties and 23% VAT).
  2. Any alcohol is subject to duty (varies depending on type, strength, etc.) and VAT (23%).
  3. A declaration form is required before the container arrives and should be loaded in the back of the container for easy access in case an inspection is necessary.

Prohibited Items

When moving to Ireland, you need to be aware of what you can not take with you. Here is a list of strictly prohibited items to import to Ireland:

  1. Drugs and narcotics
  2. Firearms without a shotgun permit
  3. Explosives and fireworks
  4. Pornographic materials and horror comics
  5. Parts and products derived from protected species ( ivory, fur skins, reptile skins, etc.)
  6. Stabbing and cutting objects (Flick knives, martial arts weapons, butterfly knives)
  7. Counterfeit currency
  8. Animal products including meat and poultry.
  9. Plants and plant products including trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit, bulbs, and seeds
  10. Animals, living or dead (e.g., stuffed animals)

Shipping a Car to Ireland

  1. The TOR must include the chassis number, engine number, color, model, make, and weight of the vehicle.
  2. Vehicles must be in the owner's name for at least 6 months to qualify for duty-free and VAT-free importation.
  3. Only one vehicle may be imported per person.
  4. Vehicles imported into Ireland under the TOR Regulations are not subject to duty or tax.
  5. The rate of duty for vehicles imported outside the TOR is 23% VAT on value, insurance, and freight (CIF) and vehicle registration tax is payable at up to 35% of the vehicle's value.
  6. To avoid unnecessary delays and downtime and storage costs due to lengthy customs procedures, the agent should obtain a copy of the required documentation before the shipment arrives; check with the agent for specific deadlines.

Moving Pets to Ireland

  1. Pets arriving from outside the EU must be pre-booked and pass through the quarantine station at Dublin Airport.
  2. Prior authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture is required before importation.
  3. A 6-month quarantine is not required if the following conditions are met: proof of rabies vaccination and subsequent confirmation of its effectiveness (6 months after vaccination), health certificate, and electronic microchip.
  4. Pets arriving from EU countries can usually enter without prior authorization or inspection at the quarantine point.

Electronics in Ireland

Wondering if you could move your large electronic appliances to Ireland? If your plug type is G with a 230v voltage power, then you have nothing to worry about. If you are moving to Ireland from Canada, then perhaps, it is best to consider selling everything in Canada and buying everything new in Ireland upon Arrival.

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into Ireland. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border Ireland Website

Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Transfer of Residence - Form 1076 Form PDF
Transfer of Residence - Form 1076

How We Work

We could have wrote 100 beautiful words here - but instead take a look on how we move below
Crating & Taxidermy
Fine Art Moving
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing

Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Good job. Guys were very pleasant and fast. Everything was clear, no hidden fees. They met all my request.

Thank you very much, Hercules moving company for your hard work, great service and fast delivery. We greatly appreciate it and would recommend your services to anyone looking to move!

I am highly impressed by the moving company Hercules! A team of 3 men brought a piano up from the basement of my house, up 9 steps, then through a tight corner and up 3 more steps. The moment they stepped in my house, I noticed their professionalism. From preparation and organization to floor/stairs protection, team work and moving techniques, it was excellent. Not a scratch! I have very high standards, I'm actually fussy and not easily impressed, but today I was delighted to see exceptional work. I highly recommend Hercules Markham movers for any moving services!

Great moving experience with the best Scarborough movers I have ever met in Toronto. Arrived with a team of 3 guys and moved a 4500sq2 house within 8 hours. Amazing service!


We really appreciate the kind generosity of the Hercules moving company in moving the piano to our house. They didn't accept any money, because they were doing our son a favour as he is currently diagnosed with a pre-existing condition. Sending lots of good energy and good karma their way! We too will one day make sure we pay this forward. Highly recommend them - very good people!

The team was very efficient and professional. I would high recommend them for all of your moving needs! :)

Have used Hercules Moving for 2 work related circumstances. Extremely professional, cautious and timely. I would have no hesitation to recommend this company to others. They are my go to company from now on.

Discipleof Christ

The Hercules moving crew did an amazing, fantastic job in moving my mother's upright piano. The two brothers crew are incredibly strong, expedient, courteous, and professional. The company gave the best quote, the fastest appointment booking, and was the most polite when compared to all the other piano moving companies I called in Toronto and the GTA. I absolutely recommend this company for anyone who needs to have their piano and/or heavy objects moved.

Andrea Phillips

I have used the hardworking gentlemen of Hercules Moving twice now for work related moving circumstances. Very professional and quickly executed moves. They are my go to movers from now on.

A++++++++. Hercules Moving is the only company I would ever hire for small moves if I had to move again. The crew was amazingly fast, professional, and very careful with our stuff. They wrapped all the furniture with pads and plastic wrap making it very difficult to scratch. Not only to mention the excellent customer service they provided all along. Hercules is simply the best!

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