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Can we import our two cars from the UK?

Hi,

With reference to your importing feature, I was wondering how much of this would apply to me? I am moving to Ireland with my partner who is an Irish citizen and we both want to bring our cars with us. Both are UK-registered in 2015 and both have been owned for around three years. Are we going to get charged large fees to do this or are we going to exempt due to having owned them and not just buying to import i.e. is the terminology related to the latter and we have nothing to worry about?

One of the cars is a 3.0-litre diesel, so wondering what tax band that would fall under?

Many thanks

Alex

Alex Parris (Gorey)

Jul 2021 Filed under: importing

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We want to import our Mercedes from the UK.

We want to import our Mercedes-Benz into Ireland from the UK. We understand that VRT needs to be paid, but do not understand the VAT element. What is the VAT due on? On the value of the car, or the VRT that needs to be paid?

Jim Com (Ireland)

Aug 2021 Filed under: importing

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Will my imported Amarok be VRT-free?

Hi,

I am moving back to Ireland permanently next year from Australia. I own a 2016 VW Amorak that I want to bring back with me. I own the vehicle for more than six months. Can you confirm if I will be exempt from VRT and if there are any other taxes, unexpected costs on arrival in Ireland?

Thank you

Bryan Glynn

Jun 2021 Filed under: importing

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Can I bring two cars to Ireland exempt?

Hi there,

I am going to be moving from UK to Ireland. If I have owned two vehicles for more than six months are both vehicles exempt?

Thanks in advance

Scott Jolly (Ipswich)

Mar 2021 Filed under: importing

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Is it ok to keep a UK car here during lockdown?

Hi guys,

My daughter drove home to Dublin from London last October in her UK-registered car. It has been sitting on the road outside the house since then, she drives around occasionally to keep the battery up. She is still here because of the lockdown here and in London. My neighbour has said that if someone reports the car to Customs that they can take it off her and she will have to pay import duty to get it back. She has owned it more than six months. It is her intention that if we and the UK EVER get out of lockdown that she will drive back to London.

She has no money as a result of Covid and is on the Covid payment and came home because she could not afford her rent in London. My husband and myself have been in lockdown for over a year now, we are just not able for the worry of this. Have you any advice please? We do not have a driveway big enough to take this car.

Regards Helen

Helen ONeill (Dublin)

Mar 2021 Filed under: importing

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Help me understand import costs please!

Hi,

I am interested in importing a used 3.0-litre V6 Jaguar XF from England (2013-2014 and about £12,000). I am finding the real cost of doing so very confusing especially the VAT implications. If I have to pay the Irish VAT rate of 21% is it possible to avoid paying VAT on the car in the UK or will I be paying VAT in both countries? Also, since the XF is manufactured in the UK does this mean that it is exempt from the 10% customs duties incurred since Jan 2021? Any insight would be much appreciated.

Eoin Murray (Dublin)

Mar 2021 Filed under: importing

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I have a unique import question from NI!

I have a two-part question. Can you offer clarification on the distinction between registering a car vs importing a car to NI/ROI after the Brexit cut-off date? Back story: I have a GB reg car and I've been the registered keeper of it for more than two years. I took it to NI in Sep 2020, before the Brexit cut off date of 1 Jan 2021. However, it has still been registered at a GB address, whilst I move between the two countries. I am now ready to register the car in NI at a permanent address.

1) Are there UK custom duties and VAT now attached to this if I register it in NI? Or because the car was taken (can I say imported?) to NI before the cut off date - just not registered - is the process the same pre-Brexit? It is still registered at an English address. I would specifically like to check if registering the vehicle in NI before the cut off date was necessary to avoid the extra UK import fees due to Brexit?

2) When I subsequently move to the ROI, will the car be subjected to Irish Customs Duty, VAT and VRT? I keep reading used cars from Northern Ireland will not be subjected to the new customs/VAT fees but I'm not sure if this is applicable to the car detailed above. Revenue.ie state: "You can register a vehicle registered before 1 January 2021 without any checks on the customs status if it was registered: i) in Northern Ireland or ii) to a person resident in Northern Ireland". So whilst it wasn't registered in Northern Ireland, it was registered to a person with an address in Northern Ireland before the cut off date.

Any information is gratefully received.

Cheers

Caroline Ponsonby (Lisburn)

Mar 2021 Filed under: importing

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What do I pay on a VAT-qualifying car?

Hello,

If I buy a VAT-qualifying car from the UK, am I correct in saying that I deduct the VRT, customs and VAT paid upon entry from the following selling price here and am then liable for Irish VAT on that figure?

E.g. SP = €20,000 - tariff €1,000 - VAT €1,230 - VRT €1,500 = €16,270 so VAT liability of €3,043?

Thanks for any clarification you can give me.

Kathryn O'Connell (Dublin 16)

Mar 2021 Filed under: importing

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Can I pay the old import taxes etc. pre-2021?

Hi.

If a car was already brought into this country in November/December from the UK, will the new import duties and VAT apply when re-registering the car in Ireland or will it be under the old system as it was imported prior to December 31?

Sylvie Morrison (Dublin)

Feb 2021 Filed under: importing

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Can I drive a UK car in Ireland?

Hi.

My home is in Northern Ireland. I work in South of Ireland. Can I drive a UK-registered car?

James Curry (Tyrone)

Feb 2021 Filed under: importing

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