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Is there a way to get a UK parcel delivered to a NI address (pref. Newry) where it can be collected?

  • 28-01-2023 2:14pm
    Registered Users Posts: 23

    Something like a P.O box or Parcel Motel?

    This is for an purchase as I've been burnt by charges in having stuff delivered to my Irish address.

    Thanks in advance!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,782 ✭✭✭gipi

    Check out oohPOD, based in Jonesborough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 186 ✭✭FreshCoffee

    I'll second OOHPOD. Used it a few times and it works fine.

    However unlike the old Parcel Motel system that had lockers all over Ireland you have to go up to Jonesborough, collect the package from their lockers and 'import' the package yourself by driving back down over the border.

    So I find it's really only useful if you are near the border, make regular trips north for other purposes or are willing to make the trip up because it's a product you can't get otherwise shipped directly to you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23 TotesRandomer

    Thank you gipi and FreshCoffee! Exactly what I was looking for!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,782 ✭✭✭gipi

    One other option is to use an Amazon hub address.

    It's generally only for items sold directly by Amazon, not their 3rd party sellers.

    The nearest one to Newry is Cloughoge Post Office. No charge for collecting (parcels are held for a week).

    I have used it many times, most recently for a rather large coffee machine!

    If you set up the hub address and select it as a delivery address, you'll be able to see what can be delivered there by Amazon.

  • Registered Users Posts: 452 ✭✭moceri

    You Can have it delivered to a Post Office and collect it:

    First Name... Surname

    Post Restante

    Post Office

    Street Name


    Post Code,Office%20Branch%20in%20the%20UK.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 186 ✭✭FreshCoffee

    I'm not sure but I don't think Poste Restante works unless the item arrives at the post office through the mail system? In other words if an Amazon or DHL van arrives at the post office and tries to deliver a package for you, the post office will not accept it? So perhaps you would need to be sure the sender is using the post system.

    Thanks to gipi for the info on using an Amazon hub. The Cloughoge Post Office seems quite close to Jonesborough and holding an item for a week makes it more flexible from a collection point of view. OOHPOD items are only held for two days for the basic charge and the costs start increasing the longer you leave it with them. On the other hand I have been using them for eBay purchases which obviously won't go through an Amazon hub!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,315 ✭✭✭lolie

    Hi sorry to hijack the thread.

    Will Oopod work when say buying a sim free phone on Ebay from England using a Revolut card?

    Will it cut out the €100+ customs charge that would be applied if it was posted to the Republic?

  • Registered Users Posts: 186 ✭✭FreshCoffee

    Basically yes. The seller on eBay is shipping whatever you buy to another location in the UK (eg OOHPOD in Jonesborough). (Note some sellers will not ship some products to Northern Ireland for various reasons). It is then your responsibility to travel to Northern Ireland, collect your package from the OOHPOD locker and import it yourself by travelling back home with it. There is no customs post when travelling between the North and the South so there is no customs charge applied in this instance. It's basically a grey area due to the Irish Government's insistence that Brexit should not result in a customs border between North and South.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    Its not a grey area and nothing to do with any government insistence of no customs border. It is very much rooted in the all party joint jurisdiction Good Friday agreement. Northern Ireland doe not have any borders with EU countries (not just Ireland) and there is free movement of good and people between NI & the EU.

    So a person can have something sent to NI and they can bring it down here 100% legal and above board and very black and white

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,759 Mod ✭✭✭✭whiterebel

    You said it yourself, free movement between NI and the EU, not the rest of the UK and the EU. Goods sent from the UK to Ireland must be cleared and have customs charges paid. Sending via NI for eventual destination in the Republic is smuggling.

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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 90,409 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight

    Sainsbury's Newry for Argos and perhaps ebay click and collect.

    Amazon page - no idea if third parties on Amazon can use this.

    Returns would be tricky though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,256 ✭✭✭Maigh Eo Exile

    Smuggling it may be, but it's something that's virtually impossible to police since hardly anybody is voluntarily going to tell the RoI customs service they've imported a parcel originally sourced from GB.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 Rorys

    Has anyone used Parcel Collection Depot in Jonesborough

  • Registered Users Posts: 606 ✭✭✭The wonderfish

    Yes super service, highly recommend. Really sound guy to deal with. Just off the motorway so handy to find aswell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 452 ✭✭the goon

    For those of us way down south is there anything like parcel motel anymore?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,584 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    There never will be as it would be smuggling.

    You can use AddressPal but you'll pay all the taxes and charges that way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 452 ✭✭the goon

    That sounds like what I'm looking for.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,815 ✭✭✭✭Spanish Eyes

    Amazon Prime. Video, books, delivery, etc. worth every penny IMV. Got rid of Netflix and this is less than half the price.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,028 ✭✭✭reubenreuben