Moving to Ireland is a big step for any individual or family, and one that involves taking care of many important tasks. One of the biggest tasks is making sure that your belongings arrive in Ireland safely? We have created this FAQ-based page to help you plan ahead and reduce some of the stresses around shipping your belongings to Ireland.
What are my shipping to Ireland options?
The method you use to ship your valuable possessions to Ireland will depend on the size/weight of your belongings. For smaller items, your airline or local postal service could prove useful. For larger items, like furniture or cars, you will need to book a shipping container. If you think you will need a whole container, you should look at getting a Full Container Load (FCL), but if your items don’t take up a lot of space, a Less than Container Load (LCL) may be the better option. Bear in mind that the LCL option will mean multiple transfers of your crate between shipping containers, as it makes its way to Ireland. This may increase the likelihood of breakage and will probably take longer than an FCL.
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Do I need to pack the container myself?
Most shipping companies have the option of packing the container yourself or letting them pack it. Bear in mind that if you self-pack, customs may delay your container’s release and you may be charged extra. You will also have to spend on the wrapping and the boxes, and your items may not be insurable as there won’t be any verification of their state at the time of packing.
Do I really need a packing list for shipping to Ireland?
The short answer to this question is yes. An Ireland packing list will help greatly when it comes to getting everything in order. When you are preparing a packing list, measure out the area of the cube and do a practice pack to make sure the size of the container is appropriate. It is also advisable to make a list of everything that goes into each box, as you will need it for the customs forms and will prove beneficial when you receive the items again. Take scans of the forms you have filled out for customs. There is a lot of paperwork involved in organising your shipment and you may be required to fill it all in again when the container arrives in Ireland. Doing this will keep stress to an absolute minimum. Again, making a detailed packing list should help with your move to Ireland. Label your boxes with numbers, so your list of contents corresponds to the boxes. It is also a good idea to vacuum pack any clothes, bedclothes, cushions — any material that can be vacuum packed. It will save so much space.
I am currently exploring shipping to Ireland insurance options, any advice?
Before shipping to Ireland, you need to take the time to find out exactly what your insurance covers and what it doesn’t cover. There are many loopholes in insuring shipped goods. The type of shipping and the type of damage can render your insurance obsolete, so be clear before you sign the insurance contract. If you have any concerns about what is covered and what isn’t, take the time to discuss the specifics of your shipping to Ireland insurance package with your broker or agent.