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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?

Many thanks


David Forde (Kilkenny)

Apr 2024 Filed under: importing

Expert answer

Hi David,

Yes, our understanding is that VAT and import duty will not be required on that car.

I'd suggest you obtain as much information as possible in terms of documentation that might prove the car has been in the North since 2020. If that information is on the V5C then it should indeed be sufficient. 

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor

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