Customs Declaration when Importing From the UK to Ireland

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If you import a vehicle to Ireland from outside the EU (UK, Japan etc.), you are required to complete a customs declaration and clear customs. You will need a customs agent to complete the declaration for you. CustomsDeclaration.ie offers a personalised online customs agent service for people importing vehicles to Ireland.

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Customs Declaration for UK vehicle imports

As of January 1st 2021 the UK has left the EU. This has resulted in changes to the process of importing goods from the UK to Ireland whereby goods importing from the UK to Ireland now require a customs declaration. This has also resulted in changes to the costs of importing goods from the UK to Ireland whereby goods 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

You are required to complete a customs declaration and clear customs when your vehicle enters the state from outside the EU. If you do not have a customs declaration and are stopped by customs at the port when you arrive in Ireland, Customs may prevent the vehicle from leaving the port until a customs declaration is completed and the vehicle has cleared customs.

For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration.

Importing from UK (Great Britain)

Completing a Customs Declaration

You need to complete a customs declaration when importing a vehicle from the UK to Ireland. You can get the customs declaration prepared up to 30 days in advance of arrival of the vehicle into the state. Unless you are a customs expert, you will need a customs agent to manage the customs process for you.

CustomsDeclarations.ie offers a professional, efficient and personalised online customs agent service which will enable you import your vehicle to Ireland without having to worry about clearing customs.

For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration

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 and the type of vehicle. Vehicle origin typically means where the vehicle was manufactured not where you are importing the vehicle from.

UK origin cars imported from the UK are subject to 0% customs duty. EU (e.g. german manufactured vehicles) origin cars imported from the UK are subject to 10% customs duty.

For more details of customs duty rates by vehicle and country, go to Customs Duty Rates.

VAT

As part of the customs declaration process you are required to pay VAT, currently 23%. If you are VAT registered you can choose to postpone VAT and include the VAT in your VAT return

VRT

As part of the vehicle registration process you are required to pay VRT. For more information regarding VRT visit www.vrt.ie.

Difference between importing from the UK and importing from Northern Ireland

Vehicles First Registered in UK and then imported to Northern Ireland before Brexit

Vehicles first registered in the UK and then imported to Northern Ireland before January 1st 2021 do not require a customs declaration. and are not subject to customs duty or VAT.

Vehicles First Registered in UK and then imported to Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Vehicles first registered in the UK and then imported to Northern after January 1st 2021 require a customs declaration. and are generally subject to customs duty and VAT.

For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration

Vehicles First Registered in Northern Ireland

  1. Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland, that were never previously registered in the UK are not subject to customs duty or VAT
  2. New vehicles* purchased in Northern Ireland are not subject to customs duty but are subject to VAT.

*A vehicles is considered new if it is less than 6 months after entering into service, or has travelled 6,000 kilometres or less.

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