Payments at the SFPA

This page contains information about how to correctly invoice the SFPA for services and goods supplied, along with payment policies and reporting.


Invoices will be accepted either electronically at or in hard copy. Invoices will only be considered valid if they:

  • Contain the name and address of the payee
  • Are addressed to the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
  • Are dated appropriately
  • Contain specifics regarding the charge, including relevant tax
  • Contain SFPA PO number, if greater than €500
  • Include a valid VAT number, if applicable

Hard copy invoices should be addressed to:

Accounts Payable
Head Office
National Seafood Centre
Park Road
Co Cork

The SFPA will not be responsible for invoices not reaching the SFPA and therefore if an invoice has not been paid within 30 days, the supplier should follow up to ensure it was received.

Disputes regarding invoices will be dealt with by Accounts Payable, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at 023 885 9350. If an invoice is disputed by the SFPA, the supplier may be notified orally as soon as practicable, with full details provided, in writing, within 14 calendar days of receipt of the invoice.


The SFPA aims to pay suppliers within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice for goods or services.

However, in accordance with the European Communities (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions) Regulations 2012 (SI 508/2012), the SFPA will pay a fee to a supplier if a payment is made after 30 days.

Performance reporting

Every quarter a performance report in respect of the SFPA’s payments will be published. Performance reports will show:

  • The total number of payments made in the quarter and their value
  • The timeline in which they were paid
  • Details of payments for €20,000 or more made by the SFPA

Read the SFPA's latest Prompt Payment Report here