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Welcome to Export Refunds

Export refunds are subsidies, which may be paid in respect of beef, live cattle, milk and milk products, sugar, cereals, pigmeat, poultry and egg products and certain processed products that are exported outside the EU. The amount of the subsidy, which can vary depending on the destination of the product, is designed to cover the difference between the EU market price and the lower world market prices and to take account of the high input of raw material prices obtained in the European Union. The scheme enables EU exporters to better compete on world markets.

  • An exporter requires an export licence in order to export these products and to apply for export refunds;
  • There are various conditions that apply to licensing and refunds including quantities, time limits, securities, etc. that the exporter must comply with;
  • There are horizontal and sectoral EU regulations that govern licensing and the export refunds scheme;
  • Applications for refunds comprise export declarations, which are sent in the first place to the customs authority (i.e. the Revenue Commissioners). These export declarations (known as SADs) are then validated and transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;
  • Payment declarations for export refunds must be submitted online using the Revenue Commissioners ROS service;
  • Management committees chaired and operated by the European Commission establish rates of refunds from time to time; rates are subject to change at any time.

Further information can be obtained from, Export Refunds Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford. Tel: 053 9163400.

While every endeavour is made to ensure that the information provided on these web pages is accurate, you are reminded that only the information contained in the Official Journal of the EU can be regarded as authoritative. The Department is therefore not liable for inaccuracies in this information whether this is due to negligence or otherwise.