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I want to move home with two vehicles.

I'm planning to return to Ireland from overseas in 2022 with a 2020 Amarok V6 and 2016 Land Rover Discovery SDV6. Both will have been owned longer than six months with paperwork to prove if required. What can I expect to pay?

John Ryan

Nov 2020 Filed under: importing

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Can I reclaim VAT paid on a UK import?


I plan to buy a July 2020 car in the UK. I understand that I will pay Irish VAT along with the VRT and that I can reclaim the UK VAT from the UK government once the vehicle is registered in Ireland. Is this correct?

Many thanks

Gerry O'Brien

Gerry O'BRIEN (Ashbourne)

Nov 2020 Filed under: importing

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When to import a Mercedes E 300 de?

I'm bringing in a Mercedes E 300 de AMG Premium diesel plug-in hybrid from the UK with 6,400km on it and I would like to know would it be more beneficial finance-wise, to bring it in in December of this year or January of next year? It was registered in January of this year, but I am also finding it difficult to find out the OMSP of the car. Any insight into my queries would be much appreciated.



Robbie O'Driscoll (Cork)

Nov 2020 Filed under: importing

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Where to get Mercedes Vito CoC for import?


I need to get a CoC for a Mercedes Vito that I imported from the UK. The V5 certificate from the DVLA in the UK shows higher CO2 emissions than the official Mercedes figure. Is a CoC easy to get? There are many sites offering them but they have a whiff of scam of them and I wonder if I did get one from them, would it be acceptable to Revenue?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



Séamus Greene (Killenny)

Nov 2020 Filed under: importing

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Thoughts on importing my trike?


I am planning to bring my Honda Goldwing Trike from the UK to Ireland. Firstly due to having a vehicle into the country and VRT exempt on transfer of residency (TOR), will I be able to bring my trike in exempt under the same TOR? If not and VRT has to be paid could you give an idea on how much this would be please? The Trike is 27 years old and the 1500 GL model.

Thank you.

Kevin Farrer (Foxford)

Oct 2020 Filed under: importing

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Will I pay VAT on a 2016 import?


I am buying a 2016 Mercedes E-Class with 55mg/km NOx in December, which is already in Ireland; will I have to pay VAT? Or only VRT and NOx levy?



Adam Kornaszewski (Carrick-On-Shannon )

Nov 2020 Filed under: importing

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What tax rate applies to an imported car?

The tax on cars registered after Jan 2021 is €420 per annum for 161-170g/km. So is this the rate that applies if I import a 2016 from the UK in 2021?

Paul McCarthy (Dundalk)

Oct 2020 Filed under: importing

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How to register our Australian pickup here?


We have just moved back to Ireland from Australia - we are bringing our 2012 Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 GLR with the rest of our stuff but we are getting very confused with working out what we need to get it up and running when it arrives and the costs of re-registering it here. My husband will be using the truck for work - any help will be much appreciated.

Tracey Fitzgerald (Dublin)

Mar 2019 Filed under: importing

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How much VRT to import a van from NI?


We are hoping to import a van from NI and I understand that we have to pay VRT, but how is it calculated? Also is it more expensive to import a van that has more than three seats? The official websites are very confusing.

Brenda Coney

Oct 2020 Filed under: importing

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Looking at a BMW i8 import, now or in 2021?

I am looking at possibly purchasing a plug-in hybrid car imported from the UK (possibly registered Jan 2019). Its CO2 is 46g/km and NOx is 11mg/km. It is costing £63k Sterling and Revenue is estimating €99,000 for a BMW i8 Roadster less 33% deprecation.

If purchased before end of December there is 14% VRT (€11,600 approx.) and I believe there is a rebate of €2,250. How is this claimed back as a private individual?

If registered in January there is only 7% VRT; is this correct? So in theory less expensive in January 2021?

All presuming Brexit does not happen. If Brexit happens what is additional surcharge? Is it 10% on all UK imports over and above VRT?

Thanks for any info that would clarify above

Regards David  

David Fleming (Dublin)

Oct 2020 Filed under: importing

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