Import Controls

The HSE Environmental Health Service (EHS) is responsible for import controls on:

  • food products of non-animal origin
  • some food contact materials
  • cosmetic products
  • tobacco and tobacco-related products entering the State from countries outside of the EU (third countries)

Notice to all agents, drivers and importers

To obtain HSE Clearance of all third country consignments (now including the UK) upon entry into the port, you must submit all required documentation by email to:

These documents must be submitted before your arrival into the port.

These documents are in addition to the ones submitted to Revenue, so you must submit them separately.

Documents for HSE checks include:

  • SAD
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Bill of Lading
  • Packing List
  • Delivery Address
  • Country of Origin of the products

It is essential that these documents are submitted via email. If HSE staff need more information they will contact you. The HSE’s Environmental Health Service is operating on a 24/7 basis and is completing document checks continuously.

Failure to submit the required documentation via email will result in the delay of vehicles and your consignments, until all appropriate documentation has been received by or if you are travelling via Rosslare. 

The HSE, Environmental Health Service check for food safety on foods of non-animal origin or food contact materials. If you require any help or assistance, please email or call 01 921 2851.

For Rosslare please email

Food imports of non-animal origin

Food imports of non-animal origin from countries outside of the EU are assessed and inspected at Dublin Port and Dublin Airport. This is done by environmental health officers.

Increased levels of controls, including examination and sampling, are needed for specific products. These can only be imported through Border Control Posts (BCPs). In Ireland, these are Dublin Port, Dublin Airport and Rosslare Port.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has a list of legislation relating to the import of foodstuffs.

It covers foodstuffs that are subject to increased controls for:

Go to the food imports training module on The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) website.


Foods of non-animal origins and food contact material that are subject to increased checks at our BCPs must be notified to the EHS at least 24 hours before arriving. You can send the details to or They must also be submitted on TRACES NT.

Food business operators, consignees or shipping agents working on their behalf must:

  • register with TRACES NT
  • create and submit Part I of the CHED.D on TRACES NT - validated by the HSE if all checks carried out are satisfactory

Register for TRACES NT.

Contact for information and help with registering and using TRACES NT.

Cosmetic products

There are legal requirements for selling cosmetic products in the Republic of Ireland.

Read about cosmetics products legislation.

Tobacco and tobacco-related products

Read about the import of tobacco and tobacco-related products.

Information needed to import cosmetic, tobacco and tobacco-related products

A copy of each of the following documents:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Airway Bill (where appropriate)
  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • Single Administrative Document (SAD)
  • Consignee details
  • Delivery address
  • Location in seaport or airport
  • Any available certificates, declarations or analytical reports should also be included (these may be mandatory for products subject to increased controls)

HSE Border Control Posts (BCPs)

Products subject to increased official controls can only be imported through a Border Control Point (BCP).

Read a list of BCPs on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland website.

Contact details for import control

Dublin Port or Dublin Airport

Dublin Port Health, Environmental Health Service

Rosslare Port

Rosslare Environmental Health Service

Cork Port or Cork Airport

Cork South Lee Environmental Health Service

Shannon Airport

Clare Environmental Health Service