Updated 8 months ago

If selling all of your worldly possessions, or packing them up into storage boxes, isn’t for you, then you may need to look at hiring an international removal company to help get your home comforts over to Ireland. Many companies are happy to start the process as early as 12 months in advance, but 3 months is the minimum to allow enough time for a quote and to book a move date.

The company you use on your end will most likely not be the same one that receives your shipment in Ireland, but most trustworthy companies have reciprocal agreements with other reputable companies. Be sure to ask who will handle things on the other end for your own peace of mind, though.

 Good to know:

Make sure the company you choose is a reputable one. FIDI-FAIM affiliated companies, or those part of the International Association of Movers (IAM) tend to be reliable.


After choosing a few companies, decide roughly which items you plan to take with you and make an appointment for them to come around and give you their estimate. The cost they quote will be based on information such as:

  • Origin address
  • Destination address in Ireland
  • Weight and volume of your items
  • Shipping time of your items

Price matching is commonly done between companies, so it’s wise to get multiple quotes to make sure you can negotiate the best price.


Insurance is not usually included in the quote process, but they should provide you with insurance policy information. Insuring your items is mandatory with some removal companies, but others leave the choice up to you. It is wise to make an extensive inventory of all of your items, as well as their conditions and values, either way.

The moving process

Once you choose your company and confirm your move, the company will take care of any customs paperwork. They should have knowledge of current customs and import policies and be able to advise you if anything might be turned away or incur a duty charge. You may also add on services like storage at either end, depending on your timings.

Shipping times vary depending on the type of shipping you’ve chosen. Shared ship containers tend to take 10-12 weeks, private containers take 8-10 weeks, and air freight is the fastest at 3-5 weeks, but by far the most expensive. Customs can also sometimes hold things up on arrival.

Typically, belongings are sent directly to the destination address you provide, but some companies unload at central warehouses and require you to pick up. Make sure you know which one you’ll need to do before confirming your shipment.

 Good to know:

If you are considering taking electronic appliances, make sure they are compatible in your new country before spending the money on moving them.

 Useful links:

FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers
FIDI - International Federation of International Removers
International Association of Movers

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