Revenue's new Automated Import System

Dec 16, 2020

If you import goods into ROI from GB next year, you will need to use Revenue’s new Customs declarations system, the Automated Import System (AIS).

Revenue implemented this new import system to comply with the provisions of the Union Customs Code (UCC). It ensures that businesses can import goods legally from outside the EU (including GB) using the most efficient process possible.

What will change?

This system will replace the existing Automated Entry Processing (AEP) system for imports. Revenue confirmed on 11 December 2020 that both the AIS and AEP will run in parallel until 31 March 2021 to allow remaining Customs agents and businesses some additional time to complete the transition to the new system.

One of the major changes under the AIS will be the change in the format of Customs import declarations. The import Single Administrative Document (SAD), currently processed within the AEP system, will be replaced by new AIS declaration types.

What will not change?

Securing an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number continues to be of the utmost importance for tradersif they wish to import goods into the EU.

Exports will continue to be managed through the AEP system until 2023. However, from November 2020 onwards, if you import and export goods from and to the EU, you must use:

  • AIS for your import declarations (you have until 31 March 2021 to get the AIS in place); and
  • AEP for your export declarations.

Businesses are urged to prepare for this change by making sure their customs software is up to date. Further information on preparing for this change can be found on Revenue’s website.