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Importing Food Products into Ireland

Importing Food Products into Ireland

Businessmen who carry out activities referring to the trade of food products into Ireland have to respect a set of regulations applicable here. As a general rule, Ireland, which is a member state of the European Union (EU), applies the legislation for the import of food products established by the Community’s relevant bodies. In accordance with the food category that is being imported into Ireland, the businessmen will have to comply with different regulations available for the respective category. Our team of Irish company formation representatives can offer assistance to those who want to import food in this country. 

Relevant authorities for food approval in Ireland  

When carrying out business activities in Ireland which refer to the import of food products, any foreign company should comply with the regulations imposed by several bodies. The import of such products should respect the EU and Irish legislation which refers to aspects such as: 

• hygiene;

• labelling;

• contaminants;

• additives. 

The main body providing access to foreign food products on the Irish market is the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, but entrepreneurs should also comply with other aspects referring to custom duties or quotas accepted here, which are regulated by the following institutions: 

• Office of Revenue Commissioners;

• Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM);

• Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.

The regulations which are applicable to food products trade are imposed in accordance with the specifics of the case, such as the type of products, the quantity imported, the origin of the import company. It is important to know that businesses set up outside the EU have to comply with other regulations and our team of Irish company formation agents can offer more details in this sense. 

Types of products which can be imported into Ireland 

Ireland respects the legislation imposed by the EU referring to the trade of food products, which can refer to: 

animal origin food products;

non-animal origin food products;

food supplements;

foodstuffs for personal use

In order to import food products of animal origin, the businessmen should address to DAFM prior to the import activity and should be registered at this agency. 

Companies from outside the EU should present a Health Certificate, which is issued by a relevant authority in the importer’s country of origin.

Businessmen interested in receiving more details on how to import food products into Ireland can contact our team of company formation consultants in Ireland for assistance.