Car Import Fees report Check

Welcome to the Car Import Fees report.

Use this tool to calculate the Customs Duty, VAT and VRT on any UK or NI registered car.

Simply enter in a registration number and odometer reading and the calculator will return a Customs Duty, VAT and VRT estimate.

Enter the registration number to calculate Car Import Fees

Importing from the UK (Great Britain*)

As and from the 1st of January, 2021 all importers of vehicles from the UK must complete a customs declaration before presenting the vehicle for registration at the VRT office.

Since the UK is no longer a Member State of the European Union, it is now classed as a Non-EU or a third country.

In most cases, the customs declaration process will make the determination that the vehicle is subject to customs duty and VAT.

When importing a vehicle from the UK, you are now required to:

  • Complete a customs declaration
  • Pay or account for customs duty, if applicable
  • Pay Value Added Tax (VAT) at 23%
  • Pay Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT)

Customs Declaration

For all importations from both Great Britain and Northern Ireland an electronic customs declaration will be required in advance of the vehicle arriving in the State. If you are an individual or a business and you import vehicles from Britain, you are required to complete this customs declaration in advance of a vehicle being imported from the UK to Ireland. The Customs Declaration can be completed online up to 30 days in advance of arrival of the vehicle into the State. You must pay or account for customs duty of 10% where applicable.

Please consult the eCustoms Notification 33 / 2020 provided by Revenue for further information.

The Customs Technical Helpdesk can be contacted at should you encounter any technical difficulties in completing the declaration. Phone: 01 7383677 Outside Ireland: + 353 67 63139

Failure to complete a Customs Declaration could result in seizure of the vehicle.

You will have 30 days to register the vehicle once it enters the state.

Customs Duty

As part of the customs declaration process you may be required to pay the customs duty of 10%. This is determined based on where the vehicle was manufactured, or as can be otherwise stated, the country of origin of the vehicle. You will not have to pay Customs duty on any vehicles manufactured in the UK. You will, in most cases, have to pay 10% customs duty if the vehicle originated outside the UK in an EU country such as Germany, France and then imported into Ireland via the UK.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

As part of the customs declaration process you are required, where applicable, to pay VAT of 23% prior to presenting the vehicle for registration. In order to claim relief from the import VAT, the vehicle must be re-imported by the same operator that originally exported the vehicle from the original EU State. Prior to January 1, if you imported a vehicle from Britain, you did not have to pay Vat unless the car was less than six months old, or there was less than 6,000km on the clock, but this has all changed. It must be noted that if a customs declaration is not completed, where applicable, when importing the vehicle or the vehicle is not registered and VRT paid within 30 days of its arrival in the State, then it is liable to be seized by the authorities.

Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT)

In the majority of cases, apart from those who are exempt, Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) must be paid at the time that a vehicle is registered in the State. Registration takes place at the NCTS. When a vehicle is registered, a registration number is issued at the same time.

Importing a vehicle from Great Britain (England, Scotland & Wales)

From 1 January 2021 vehicles imported from Great Britain (GB) are liable to customs duty, where applicable, Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) at the current standard rate. (Great Britain comprises England, Scotland & Wales excluding Northern Ireland, whereas the United Kingdom (UK) comprises all four countries).

Vehicles first registered in Great Britain and imported into Northern Ireland after 31 December 2020 are liable to:

  • Vehicles first registered in the UK and then subsequently registered in Northern Ireland before January 1st 2021 do not require a customs declaration and are not subject to customs duty or VAT.
  • Vehicles first registered in the UK and then registered in Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 will require you to complete a customs declaration. If applicable, you will have to pay customs duty or VAT.

Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland after 31 December 2020 are liable to:

  • Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 are not subject to customs duty or VAT
  • Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 and considered new for VAT purposes will not be subject to customs duty but are subject to VAT

Read more about Importing a used car from the UK