Japanese Import Customs Declaration

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.

For more details go to Request a Customs Declaration.

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Customs Declaration for Japanese vehicle imports

Because Japan is outside the EU, if you import a vehicle from Japan you are required to complete a customs declaration. The vehicle will then be subject to customs duty and VAT.

Importing Vehicles from Japan to Ireland

The importation of a vehicle from Japan is 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

Typically when you purchase a vehicle in Japan, the shipping company will deliver the vehicle to the port (in most cases Dublin Port). The vehicle should not leave 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 Japan

Completing a Customs Declaration

You need to complete a customs declaration when importing a vehicle from the Japan 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.

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.

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