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Iron and steel licensing requirements

Background information and guidance on applying for iron and steel surveillance licences

EU IRON AND STEEL PRIOR SURVEILLANCE IMPORT LICENSING REGIME, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/670 of 28 April 2016 introducing prior Union surveillance of imports of certain iron and steel products originating in certain third countries. 

  1. The European Commission has introduced a “Prior Surveillance” import licensing regime to monitor imports of certain iron and steel products into the European Union. Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/670 was published on 29 April 2016.
  2. Amendments have been made to the list of commodity codes requiring prior surveillance. With effect from 27 November 2019, a prior surveillance import licence is required for the import of items with the following codes: 2019 TARIC Codes (XLSX, 11KB) 
  3. You do not need a prior surveillance import licence if:
    a. your products have a net weight of less than 2500 kilograms (2.5 metric tonnes), or your products have a tariff code which commences with 7318 and a net weight of less than 5000 kilograms (5.0 metric tonnes), or
    b. your products were made in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, or
    c. your products are imported into Ireland or the EU before 31 May 2016, or
    d. your products are not entered into free circulation but into a Customs relief scheme (e.g. customs warehousing, temporary import or Inward Processing Relief - If the products are subsequently entered into free circulation a licence is required). 

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. 


Please see our FAQ document which should answer most of your questions on current Iron and Steel licensing requirements.

Please send any further enquiries to: ironandsteel@dbei.gov.ie

This document is for information purposes only and has no force in law. Please note that where legal advice is required, you should make your own arrangements.

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