I want to be able to gift some personal items taking them by car ferry to my son in ireland from England. These include some "heirloom" items, one being a cased stuffed fish caught in ireland by his father as well as books and some small pieces of furniture. We actually moved from Ireland in 2020-so effectively taking these items back. We have no receipts for these items. What do we need to do?


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If the monetary value is small, my advice is to 1) make a rough estimate of the value of the items (look for similar things on eBay) 2) take them with you.

If you go through the "green channel" it's extremely unlikely that you will be stopped, and if you are it is extremely unlikely that you will be questioned about the items. If you are then tell the truth about the situation and say you thought duty wasn't payable.

If you wish to be ultra-cautious go through the "something to declare" channel and explain the entire situation to the officer and say that you are not sure if duty is payable or not. The chances are you will be let through with no payments or a very small payment.

Customs officials really don't care about things like this, but will apply the rules correctly if asked.


Thanks I will do an estimate of value based on second hand selling prices in case we are stopped. The official line from Customs is as follows Travelling from outside the EU

Duty-free allowances General goods You can bring in goods free of duty and tax if their combined value is no more than:

€430 if you are 15 or over or €215 if you are under 15. If a single item is worth more than your allowance, you must pay duty or tax on the full value. If you are bringing back any duty-free goods you bought when you travelled out from Ireland, these count as part of your allowance.

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