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Notice to Importers of Steel and Aluminium Products

14 May 2020

The European Union Import Licensing system for imports of certain Steel1 and Aluminium2 products (Prior Union Surveillance), will expire on 15 May 2020 and will not be renewed.

Shipments of goods, previously within the scope of the Regulations, arriving into the European Union after midnight on Friday, 15 May 2020 will no longer require a Surveillance document before being released by Revenue-Customs for free circulation in the Single Market.

Any queries regarding this change should be addressed to ironandsteel@enterprise.gov.ie


  1. 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
  2. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/640 of 25 April 2018 introducing prior Union surveillance of imports of certain aluminium products originating in certain third countries