Vat & Customs Duty Ireland

Determine Customs Duty Ireland 

VRT Ireland is a leading provider of quality services for vehicle registrations, VAT and customs duty in Ireland for imported vehicles. Our services facilitate the importing of vehicles from the UK by reducing delays and by submitting all customs declarations thoroughly and on time. 

Vehicles imported into the Republic of Ireland from Great Britain are subject to customs duty in Ireland as of 1 January 2021 since the United Kingdom is no longer a European Union member. In some cases, vehicles imported from Northern Ireland are also subject to customs duties. In order to determine the customs duty for imported vehicles, many variables come into effect that must be considered. VRT Ireland can assist with customs duty in Ireland to ensure a hassle-free experience. 

 

Since January 1st 2021 if you import a vehicle from the UK to Ireland you are now required to complete a customs declaration.
As part of the declaration, the vehicle may be subject to customs duty and VAT

Importing Vehicles from the UK to Ireland

The importation of a vehicle from the UK is now treated as an import from a non-European Union (EU) country.

When importing a vehicle you will now be required to:

  1. Complete a customs declaration
  2. Pay or account for customs duty, if applicable
  3. Pay VAT at 23%
  4. Pay VRT


If a customer declaration is not completed when importing the vehicle or the vehicle is not registered and VRT paid within 30 days of its arrival in the State, then it is liable to be seized by the authorities.

Importing from UK (Great Britain)

Completing a Customs Declaration

You need to complete a customs declaration in advance of the vehicle being imported from the UK to Ireland. You can complete the customers declaration up to 30 days in advance of arrival of the vehicle into the state. You require specialist knowledge and skills in order to complete a customs declaration successfully.

We provide an online service which greatly simplifies the customs declarations process and takes the hassle out of completing customs declarations. The custom declaration is then lodged with the revenue commissioners on your behalf.


Customs Duty

As part of the customs declaration process you may be required to pay customs duty. This is generally determined based on the country of origin of the vehicle. Vehicle origin typically means where the vehicle was manufactured not where you are importing the vehicle from.

Therefore in most cases, vehicles that have been manufactured in the UK are subject to 0% customs duty and vehicles manufactured outside with UK (e.g. Germany, USA) and imported from the UK to Ireland are subject to 10% customs duty.

VAT

As part of the customs declaration process, you are required to pay VAT, currently 23%.

VRT

As part of the vehicle registration process you are required to pay VRT.

Difference between importing from the UK and importing from Northern Ireland

Vehicles First Registered in UK and then in Northern Ireland

  1. Vehicles first registered in the UK and then registered in Northern Ireland before January 1st 2021 do not require a customs declaration. and are not subject to customs duty or VAT.
  2. Vehicles first registered in the UK and then registered in Northern after January 1st 2021 require a customs declaration. and maybe subject in order to account for any outstanding customs duty or VAT.

Vehicles First Registered in Northern Ireland

  1. Vehicles first registered in the UK and then registered in Northern Ireland before January 1st 2021 are not subject to customs duty or VAT.
  2. Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 are not subject to customs duty or VAT
  3. Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 and considered new for VAT purposed are not subject to customs duty but are subject to VAT

Our Services 

Whenever a vehicle is imported from the UK into Ireland, customs duties in Ireland must be duly paid and a customs declarations must be submitted. This process has become complex after Brexit, and the process of customs declarations is time-consuming and potentially costly should anything go wrong. To make the process simple and straightforward, consider retaining VRT Ireland. Our team of experts will assist with the preparation and submission of customs declarations to facilitate importing your vehicle into Ireland. See Page – customs declarations
Calculate the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) due when registering your imported vehicle here in the Republic of Ireland with our dependable VRT Calculators. Calculate VRT and NOx Emissions Levies so that you have an estimate of VRT and NOx levies prior to importing or registering a vehicle in Ireland. See Page – VRT Calculators 
How much will it cost to import your vehicle from the UK to Ireland? In some cases, you’ll have to pay customs duties depending on whether the vehicle was imported from Great Britain or Northern Ireland, respectively. You must also pay VAT on all imports. Estimate how much you’ll have to pay with our robust UK Car Import Costs Calculator today, and request our customs declaration service for personalised assistance during the entire process. See Page – UK Car Import Costs Calculator 
Is your imported vehicle from the UK under warranty? Whilst valid in the UK, your warranty may not be valid when the vehicle is formally registered here in Ireland. That’s why we’ve partnered with Carprotect.ie to provide customers with Used Car Warranty quotations and warranty coverage. Use voucher code VRTIE10 when referred to Carprotect.ie and save more on your used car warranty in Ireland. See Page – Used Car Warranty 
Get detailed partial or full car history checks and reports through our partners at MotorCheckCar History Checking yields useful information such as VIN numbers, previous ownership records, mileage checks, colour changes, and much more. Find out the full history of your desired imported vehicle with their services today. See Page – Car History Checking
Whenever importing vehicles from the UK into Ireland, individuals must take into consideration the fluctuations in currency exchange between the Pound Sterling and the Euro. TransferMate provides a safe, swift, and cost-effective UK Foreign Exchange service that can potentially save you hundreds of euros on currency exchange whilst providing a secure means of transaction between all parties involved. See Page – UK Foreign Exchange
Order high-quality, premium Irish Registration Plates through Plates365.com. All imported vehicles in Ireland must have legally compliant number plates that meet the stringent legal requirements in Ireland. Not only do Plates365.com provide customers with great value for money, but their plates are fully compliant and versatile for just about any type of vehicle imported into Ireland such as cars, trailers, motorbikes, and 4x4s. See Page – Irish Registration Plates

 

Customs Declarations/Agent Services

Whenever a vehicle is imported from the UK into Ireland, customs duties in Ireland must be duly paid and a customs declarations must be submitted. This process has become complex after Brexit, and the process of customs declarations is time-consuming and potentially costly should anything go wrong. To make the process simple and straightforward, consider retaining VRT Ireland. Our team of experts will assist with the preparation and submission of customs declaration to facilitate importing your vehicle into Ireland. See Page – customs declarations

VRT Calculator

Calculate the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) due when registering your imported vehicle here in the Republic of Ireland with our dependable VRT Calculators. Calculate VRT and NOx Emissions Levies so that you have an estimate of VRT and NOx levies prior to importing or registering a vehicle in Ireland. See Page – VRT Calculatorse

UK Car Import Costs Calculator

How much will it cost to import your vehicle from the UK to Ireland? In some cases, you’ll have to pay customs duties depending on whether the vehicle was imported from Great Britain or Northern Ireland, respectively. You must also pay VAT on all imports. Estimate how much you’ll have to pay with our robust UK Car Import Costs Calculator today, and request our customs declaration service for personalised assistance during the entire process. See Page – UK Car Import Costs Calculator

Used Car Warranty

Is your imported vehicle from the UK under warranty? Whilst valid in the UK, your warranty may not be valid when the vehicle is formally registered here in Ireland. That’s why we’ve partnered with Carprotect.ie to provide customers with Used Car Warranty quotations and warranty coverage. Use voucher code VRTIE10 when referred to Carprotect.ie and save more on your used car warranty in Ireland. See Page – Used Car Warranty

Car History Checking

Get detailed partial or full car history checks and reports through our partners at MotorCheckCar History Checking yields useful information such as VIN numbers, previous ownership records, mileage checks, colour changes, and much more. Find out the full history of your desired imported vehicle with their services today. See Page – Car History Checking

UK Foreign Exchange

Whenever importing vehicles from the UK into Ireland, individuals must take into consideration the fluctuations in currency exchange between the Pound Sterling and the Euro. TransferMate provides a safe, swift, and cost-effective UK Foreign Exchange service that can potentially save you hundreds of euros on currency exchange whilst providing a secure means of transaction between all parties involved. See Page – UK Foreign Exchange

Irish Registration Plates

Order high-quality, premium Irish Registration Plates through Plates365.com. All imported vehicles in Ireland must have legally compliant number plates that meet the stringent legal requirements in Ireland. Not only do Plates365.com provide customers with great value for money, but their plates are fully compliant and versatile for just about any type of vehicle imported into Ireland such as cars, trailers, motorbikes, and 4x4s. See Page – Irish Registration Plates

 

Why Work with Us?  

Reliability

Our area of expertise is helping clients reliably and successfully importing vehicles from the UK into Ireland. You can depend on the quality of our services as well as the professionality in which we conduct all dealings with customs authorities and Revenue, if and when required.

Customer Service

We endeavour to provide top-notch customer service for all of our clients. No matter whether you’re importing a single vehicle for personal use or you require multiple vehicles for your business, you can depend on our friendly yet professional approach to customer service.

Vast Experience

For many years, our team members have honed their skills and expertise importing vehicles from the UK. It used to be far simpler before Brexit; since then, many Irish importers are finding the adjustments to importing vehicles a real challenge. We excel in this field of expertise.

Reliability

Customer Service

Vast Experience

Our area of expertise is helping clients reliably and successfully importing vehicles from the UK into Ireland. You can depend on the quality of our services as well as the professionality in which we conduct all dealings with customs authorities and Revenue, if and when required. Wendeavour to provide top-notch customer service for all of our clients. No matter whether you’re importing a single vehicle for personal use or you require multiple vehicles for your business, you can depend on our friendly yet professional approach to customer service. For many years, our team members have honed their skills and expertise importing vehicles from the UK. It used to be far simpler before Brexit; since then, many Irish importers are finding the adjustments to importing vehicles a real challenge. We excel in this field of expertise.

  

Customs Duty Ireland – FAQs

What is customs duty?

Any individual that wants to import goods or products into the Republic of Ireland is subject to customs duties at the point of entry or border crossing. Electronics, cigarettes, and other items may or may not be subject to customs duties at tariffs imposed by Revenue Ireland. For vehicles imported from the UK, customs duties depend on many factors. The amount due must be paid when submitting the customs declaration to customs authorities. 

How much is customs duty in Ireland?

Customs duty in Ireland depends on the commodity code and the origin of the vehicle being imported. For vehicles imported from the UK, the customs duty is generally either 0% or 10% depending on the origin of the vehicle. Motorcycle’s, commercial and large goods vehicles are subject to varying customs rates depending on the specification of the vehicle.  

Can you avoid paying customs duty in Ireland?

It is not possible to register a vehicle in Ireland if it hasn’t cleared customs. When the vehicle is being registered and VRT’d at the NCT centre there is a check done to ensure customs have been cleared. Even if your vehicle imported from the UK may have a 0% customs duty, this must be declared during the customs declaration submission. If you drive an imported vehicle that hasn’t cleared customs then you risk the vehicle been seized by the customs authorities and penalties.

Vat & Customs Duty Ireland was last modified: September 14th, 2021 by vrtmanager