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Do I need to register my car in Northern Ireland?

Have recently moved to NI from GB. Couldn't MOT my car (long wait and couldn't do the online queue thing as it was not recognised as a NI car, having not been MOT'd there before). So - took it back to GB, MOT'd it and now want to bring it back to NI. Should I get an import form or something, so it is recognised as an NI car now? Confusingly, we are sailing into Dublin and then driving it North for complicated reasons... will that matter? Had the car a year. Can you help - I am so confused!

Alix Wood (Enniskillen)

May 2024 Filed under: importing

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I want to sell my English camper...

I am based in Northern Ireland and want to sell my Vauxhall Vivaro campervan. It was professionally converted in England and still has English plates. I bought it in October 2023 from England and brought it over myself by ferry. What would a buyer from the South have to do if they purchased it? Would it make a difference if it was registered as a campervan on the UK logbook? It is currently registered as a light goods van. Would it make a difference if I got a motor vehicle engineer (SQI) to do a Declaration of Conversion?


Jun 2024 Filed under: importing

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Will this Northern Ireland import be VAT and duty-free?


I'm looking at importing a car from Northern Ireland - first reg June 2020 in Northern Ireland. Am I correct in reading the very complicated rules as needing to pay VRT, plates and motor tax, but not having to pay customs and VAT?

Is the V5C sufficient, or will I need the dealer to provide import/shipping info too?

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David Forde (Kilkenny)

Apr 2024 Filed under: importing

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Is this true about VAT importing from the North?

I have a UK-reg Audi A6. I purchased it in March 2023. I am now moved to the south but have been refused a TOR [Transfer of Residency]. While I wait an appeal I have to clear the car. Do I have to pay 23 per cent VAT and import duty? I have heard that if you have proof that the car has been in Northern Ireland for four months then it is exempt from VAT. Is this true?

Matthew McGloin (Kinlough)

Apr 2024 Filed under: importing

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Looking to import a camper from the UK

Looking to import a 1995 campervan from the UK. I understand VRT is at 13.3 per cent. Will I be liable for VAT or other customs charges?



John Filbert (Slane)

Apr 2024 Filed under: importing

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NOx levy on importing a 2013 Hyundai i30?


I'm thinking of importing a 2013 Hyundai i30 with 150,000 miles on the clock. I can calculate the VRT but don't know how to calculate the NOx. How much roughly would the NOx for this roughly cost?


James Deehan (Ballina)

Jan 2024 Filed under: importing

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Any limit on number of cars I can bring with me from the UK?

My wife and I are moving to Ireland from England and we have two cars with my name on the V5 - though one is my wife's. We were thinking of buying a campervan and taxing and registering it here for the six months before bringing it in without charges. Is there a limit to the amount of vehicles you can bring in? Can't find answer on Revenue website.


Jun 2023 Filed under: importing

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VRT on a 1995 Bentley Turbo R?


I am looking for some idea as to how much the VRT would be to import a 1995 Bentley Turbo R with an Irish open market selling price of €15k approximately.

Many thanks, Will

William Govan (Cavan)

Aug 2023 Filed under: importing

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NOx rating for a 2019 Skoda Karoq?


What is the NOx value for a 2019 Skoda Karoq with CO2 value of 133g/km? It's the 1.5-litre TSI 110 with the DSG automatic gearbox.

Patrick Heavin (Galway)

Aug 2023 Filed under: importing

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What are the taxes on importing a hearse?


We are thinking of importing a Mercedes Hearsette from the UK (2021). As a commercial vehicle, can you advise what charges we will incur?

Many thanks, Fran

Pierce Coachbuilders Ltd Barry Pierce (Co Kerry)

Apr 2023 Filed under: importing

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