Find Eircodes to Ship to Ireland
Postcodes are now in use in Ireland for the first time, with the rollout of Eircode, ending the Republic's position as the only developed country in the world not to have them. Ukraine was the first country to introduce postcodes, back in 1932 (although, their usage stopped a few years later). In 1941 Germany started using them. Argentina followed suit in 1958. The UK didn't start using postcodes until 1959, with the US catching up in 1963.
Eircode will give 2.2m homes and businesses across Ireland a unique 7 character alpha-numeric code made up of two parts with all being sent their new code over the course of the next few weeks.
The first half of each code relates to existing postal districts, and the second half is a randomly generated unique identifier. The random part of the codes has already attracted criticism on the grounds that adjacent Eircodes will lack an obvious simultaneous pattern.
What does this mean if you send parcels to Ireland?
According to the Irish Times, DHL, UPS and FedEx are among the couriers that have said they won't be integrating Eircodes into their systems (yet). As many as 55,000 of the codes may be inaccurate, some critics have said. And until the couriers integrate the new codes into their systems, neither will we (but we'll of course update our clients when it becomes compulsory to use them).
Michael, here at Procuright explained, "Complete address databases are an essential part of managing deliveries. More businesses and consumers are purchasing supplies and products online than ever before, which is putting more pressure on the delivery network to deliver "next day" rather than 6 days later when that particular driver has found your remote address. With the increased use of sat nav it can potentially lead to more accurate deliveries."
"The Eircode system is as unique as a single property. Of course, with many Zipcodes and Postcodes worldwide it's also an indicator for a cluster or group of addresses, such as a whole street. The Eircode is slightly different in that properties on a street will have no concurrency. But again, the use of sat navs will help with any issues there."
The new Eircode system has been introduced to enable people and find every address in Ireland. And to find these addresses much easier than before. There will naturally be some niggles to iron out along the way (as there are with all new systems generally) but pre-Eircode, over 35% of addresses in Ireland shared their address with at least one other property, making it difficult for those delivering goods and services to accurately identify the location of an address. Eircode has been designed specifically to overcome this problem.
How does Eircode Work?
An Eircode is seven character alpha-numeric code made up of two parts:
The first part (a Routing Key) consists of three characters and defines a principal post town span of delivery:
The second part (a Unique Identifier) is unique to an address and distinguishes one address from another:
"....pre-Eircode, over 35% of addresses in Ireland shared their address with at least one other property, making it difficult for those delivering goods and services to accurately identify the location of an address."