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Import Licensing Guidelines and Procedures

Guidelines and procedures for applying for an import licence

Import Licence for Aluminium

Applying for an Aluminium prior surveillance import licence 

  1. There is no charge for the issuing of licences. Applications must be made on the relevant application form. The required information should be typed onto the form and a  scanned / .PDF copy of the completed and signed form must be emailed to ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie.
  2. You will need to provide:
    a. Product description / trade name, 
    b. TARIC code,
    c. product volume in kilos,
    d. product value in euros on a CIF (Cost plus Insurance plus Freight to the EU border) basis, 
    e. where the products were made,
    f. where the products were shipped from.
  3. You will also need to provide a copy of your pro-forma invoice or your sales/purchase contract. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation may require additional information on the proposed transaction and will contact you directly if that is the case. An application can be made for a licence covering more than one proposed import from the same exporter.
  4. Please consult the Tariff Classification Unit of the Revenue Commissioners at 067 63370 / 1890 62 63 64 or at tarclass@revenue.ie if you are uncertain of which Tariff Code to use. 

Prior surveillance licence validity 

  1. For administrative convenience an application for an import licence can be made in any Member State and shall be valid throughout the Union.
  2. Licences will have a four month validity which may be renewed for a further four months if not fully used. Please email ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie should you wish to renew your licence. Your licence remains valid, and does not require amendment, if the unit price and/or net weight of the import is within the 5% tolerance.
  3. Where an import licence is required this should be reflected on the relevant SAD. “I004” is the Box 44.1 Code to reflect a “surveillance document issued by the competent authorities of a Member State valid throughout the EU”. The import licence number should be provided at Box 44.2. 

Enquiries

  1. Enquiries: ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie 

Import Licence for Iron and/or Steel

Applying for a steel prior surveillance import licence 

  1. There is no charge for the issuing of licences. Applications must be made on the relevant application form. The required information should be typed onto the form and a scanned / .PDF copy of the completed and signed form must be emailed to ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie.
  2. You will need to provide:
    a. Product description / trade name,
    b. TARIC code,
    c. product volume in kilos,
    d. product value in euros on a CIF (Cost plus Insurance plus Freight to the EU border) basis,
    e. where the products were made,
    f. where the products were shipped from.
  3. You will also need to provide a copy of your pro-forma invoice or your sales/purchase contract. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation may require additional information on the proposed transaction and will contact you directly if that is the case. An application can be made for a licence covering more than one proposed import from the same exporter.
  4. Please consult the Tariff Classification Unit of the Revenue Commissioners at 067 63370 / 1890 62 63 64 or at tarclass@revenue.ie if you are uncertain of which Tariff Code to use. 

Prior surveillance licence validity 

  1. For administrative convenience an application for an import licence can be made in any Member State and shall be valid throughout the Union, as per Article 2.4 of the Regulation.
  2. Licences will have a four month validity which may be renewed for a further four months if not fully used. Please email ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie should you wish to renew your licence. Your licence remains valid, and does not require amendment, if the unit price and/or net weight of the import is within the 5% tolerance.
  3. Where an import licence is required this should be reflected on the relevant SAD.  “I004” is the Box 44.1 Code to reflect a “surveillance document issued by the competent authorities of a Member State valid throughout the EU”. The import licence number should be provided at Box 44.2. 

Enquiries

  1. Enquiries: ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie 

Import Licence for Textiles

When applying for an import licence for textiles that are subject to quantitative restrictions (quota) the application form must be accompanied by:

  • Proof of the existence of a contract relating to the provision of the goods: and
  • A declaration that in respect of the categories and countries concerned
    • The operator has not already been allocated  an authorisation: or
    • The operator has been allocated an authorisation but has used up at least 50% of it. 

These applications must be submitted by Licensing Unit to the European Commission for approval. If this is forthcoming, the Licensing Unit issues a licence to the company concerned. 

For further information on quotas per operator, please refer to the Regulation.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2106

For further information on overall EU textile quotas please refer to the European Commission SIGL website:

trade.ec.europa.eu/sigl/info_textile.htm

Outward processing Trade for Textiles

In certain circumstances a trader may operate the outward processing scheme for textiles. Under this scheme, textiles may be exported to a country for processing. After the processing has taken place on the goods they may be imported back into the EU without being subject to any import licensing requirement.

In order to apply for outward processing for textiles quota, a company must be a manufacturer within the EU and must have Community production of the items covered by the OPT in the previous calendar year. The amount applied for cannot exceed 50% of this total.

Applications must be submitted on a prescribed form to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Customs Economic Procedures Unit, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (Tel. No. 067-33533/Fax No. 067-32373) and be accompanied by copy of a contract. The application must contain details of Community production in the previous calendar year for products covered by outward processing arrangements for textiles. That Office forwards the application to the Licensing Unit.

On receipt of the application form from Revenue the Licensing Unit checks if sufficient quota is available by transmitting details of the application to the EU Commission for approval.

For further information on overall EU textile quotas please refer to the European Commission SIGL website:

trade.ec.europa.eu/sigl/querytextiles.htm#_opt

Wood

Applications should be made in the form established in Annex II of the Regulation. Applications for quota authorisations must be accompanied by:

  • an affidavit containing the information provided in Article 10(3) of the Regulation
  • contract or pre-contract for the covered goods concerned between the importer and the exporter for an amount of goods which corresponds to the amount requested in the application for a quota authorisation

The granting of a quota licence will be subject to the requirement that the corresponding products undergo processing within the EU.

Not later than 15 calendar days after the end of each third month importers must inform the Licensing Office of their actual imports of covered products during the previous 3 months. The importer must provide a copy of the customs declaration of the imports concerned.

Information on the overall EU quota per year for pine and spruce is available on the European Commission’s SIGL website:

trade.ec.europa.eu/sigl/querywood.htm

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