Practical Guide to International Trade

New to international trade? Looking for more information on importing and exporting? DHL Express Ireland has created a practical guide for businesses that are new to importing and exporting with a wealth of information to help get you started. Click here to download the document.

DHL Trade Automation Services (TAS)

Need to know the costs and customs requirements for international shipments? DHL has a vast array of information available to importers and exporters for free. TAS provides the information you need to ensure completed and accurate Customs paperwork and calculate landed cost estimates.

Some of the information available on TAS includes:

Interactive Classifier – helps you to identify the correct classification code for your product or commodity

Trade Document Library – a comprehensive source of samples of import and export documentation and information on their completion

Product Compliance – is a service that takes the details of the shipment and checks for embargoes and product restrictions, as well as describing all shipping documentation required for shipping. The report describes what national and international restrictions or limitations apply to the product being shipped or to its country of origin, shipping country, or receiving country.

Landed Cost Estimate – This service gives an estimate of the cost of a shipment by calculating all the applicable duty related fees based on the product, transportation and insurance costs entered by the user.

All of the services of TAS are offered free of charge – simply register to find out more:


Market Access Database – MADB

The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets.

The MADB can be accessed here: MADB

Using the links below will help you access the specific section of the website you require:

1.    Tariffs

  • Duties & taxes on imports of products into specific countries

2.    Procedures and Formalities

  • Procedures & documents required for customs clearance in the partner country

3.    Statistics

  • Trade flows in goods between EU and non-EU countries

4.    Trade barriers

  • Main barriers affecting your exports

5.    SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues

  • Food safety/animal health/plant health measures

6.    Rules of Origin

  • Preferential agreements & rules of origin

TARIC – Integrated Tariff of the European Community

A multilingual database covering all measures relating to tariff, commercial and agricultural legislation. It gives economic operators a clear view of what they need to do when importing or exporting goods. It helps answer questions such as “Where do I classify my goods?” or “What is the legislation applicable to import?”

For further information on TARIC, click here: TARIC

EBTI – Binding Tariff Information

EBTI provides traders with EU-wide legal certainty about the tariff classification of the goods that they intend to import or export. The database contains all Binding tariff information that has been issued on request by customs of EU Member States and that is still valid today.

For further information on EBTI, click here: EBTI

Export and Import Licensing

Some types of goods require licences before they can be exported to or imported from particular countries. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation are responsible for the issuing of Export and Import Licences.

For further information, contact the DJEI Licensing Unit: DJEI

Information for Exporters and Importers from Revenue and Customs

The Revenue website is a comprehensive source of information for both exporters and importers. Information on the documentation required in importing/exporting goods from/to countries outside of the European Union can be found at:

Importing and Exporting

Revenue has also made available:

A Guide to Customs Import Procedures

A Guide to Customs Export Procedures

Revenue also provides information on Origin, the Generalised System of Preferences and Tariff Quotas: Origin