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Vehicle Import from UK and Northern Ireland

Vehicle Import from UK and Northern Ireland

Bringing UK and NI Cars to Ireland

With the post-Brexit customs changes, importing vehicles from the UK to Ireland involves a necessary customs process. To ensure a smooth transition, here's what you need to know. 

Customs Fees and Charges for Vehicles

  • 10% Customs Duty: Applied based on the purchase price and transport. (0% for UK-manufactured vehicles, subject to Certificate of Conformity or Oasis report)

  • 23% VAT: Calculated based on the purchase price, transport, and customs duty. VAT can be deferred for VAT-registered businesses with an EORI number.


(Note: For customs duty rates on vehicles other than cars, kindly reach out to our office.)

Required Documentation for Customs Clearance

  1. Vehicle Invoice: Include seller/buyer details, vehicle description, Chassis/vin and registration number, and value.

  2. V5 Log Book: Essential for registration details. All pages are required for submission.

  3. Ferry Ticket: Provide date, time, shipping line used, vehicle registration, and cost.

  4. Proof of Payment: A bank account statement screenshot highlighting the transaction.

  5. EORI or PPS Number: Ensure proper forms are completed.


Upon successful customs clearance, we'll generate the SAD document necessary for VRT. You'll then need to book your VRT appointment and pay the relevant VRT tax.

Important Notes for Northern Ireland Imports

  • Vehicles registered in the UK and imported to Northern Ireland before Jan 1, 2021, don't require customs declaration, customs duty, or VAT.

  • Vehicles registered in the UK and imported to Northern Ireland after Jan 1, 2021, need a customs declaration and might incur customs duty and VAT.

  • Vehicles first registered in Northern Ireland, without previous UK registration, are exempt from customs duty and VAT.

  • New vehicles* bought in Northern Ireland are VAT subject but not customs duty. (*New if within 6 months or less than 6,000 km travelled.)


Remember, all UK-to-Ireland vehicle imports necessitate customs declaration, customs duty and VAT payment.

What We Need To Initiate Your Customs Clearance

  • Vehicle Invoice (seller/buyer details, vehicle description, Chassis/vin and registration number, and value)

  • V5 Log Book - All Pages are required for submission.

  • Proof of Payment (bank statement screenshot with highlighted amount)

  • EORI or PPS Number (forms completion)


If you have queries or seek assistance throughout the process, feel free to reach out to us.

We are certified by

IEA Irish Exporters Association


Why should you choose Green Routed Freight – customs clearance experts:



We are taking your business personal. Our goal is to become part of your team which means you will get dedicated service and a high level of customer care



Covering all aspects of documentation relating to Customs Clearance, Import and Export Services to and from Ireland. One single point of contact for customs clearance when dealing with multiple shippers. One single point of contact for storage and retrieval of customs documents in the event of customs audit



We believe that information flow between customer, agent, tax authority and freight company is the key. To communicate clearly, in a timely and accurate manner our Customs Clearance Service provides you with dedicated Customs Brokers 24/7



Technology to work for you - direct access and understanding of the numerous and varied electronic systems required for interaction with Revenue for customs. We are online with Customs on a 24/7 basis



By working within our client’s existing processes, we ensure a quick declaration turnaround time. 



Customs Brokerage can be extremely complex and we understand that – this is why using our knowledge we making sure all your customs activities are compliance, we are a source of information and facts of all aspects of customs matters

Personalised Solutions for Customs and Excise Ireland


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