Transfrontier shipment of waste

Regulating the movement of waste between EU Member States and between the EU and other countries is a large and complex business. It is referred to as "transfrontier shipment", or TFS.

Movement of waste between Member States is subject to Regulation (EC) No. 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14th June, 2006 on shipments of waste.  This Regulation is supported in Irish law through the Waste Management (Shipments of Waste) Regulations, S.I. 419 of 2007.

Who must be notified

Since 12th of July 2007, Dublin City Council has been designated the National Competent Authority for the export, import and transit of waste shipments under the Waste Management (Shipments of Waste) Regulations, 2007.  All transfrontier shipments of waste originating in any local authority area in the State that are subject to the prior written notification procedures must be notified to and through Dublin City Council at the National TFS Office established to implement and enforce the Regulations.  Any queries relating to TFS import, export or transit should be directed to the National TFS Office. Current legislation and guidance is available on the National TFS Office's website. Contact details are as follows:  

National TFS Office
Dublin City Council,
Eblana House,
68-71 Marrowbone Lane,
Dublin 8.
Telephone Nos. (Administration Department):  (01) 222 4411 or 222 4601 or 222 4634 or 222 4249
Telephone Nos. (Technical Department): (01) 222 4374 or 222 4467
Email: nationaltfs@dublincity.ie  
Link to National TFS Office

Learn more

Find out about the EPAs classification on railway sleepers under TFS Regulation 259/93.

Check a list of competent authorities for TFS in other countries.

Read about the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) and Hazardous Waste List (HWL) waste classification systems across the EU.

Read the UK Environment Agency's useful guidance document  on the TFS Notification procedure.

Find out about the Basel Convention to tackle the problem of "toxic traders" shipping hazardous waste to developing countries and to Eastern Europe.