Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Ireland

Year Restrictions


Destination Port


Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd.



Shipping Ports:

Rosslare, Rosslare, Arklow, Wicklow, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Howth, Drogheda and Dundalk are the ports of the Country. Dublin is the popular port of the country.

Right-Hand Side Vehicles:

In Ireland, driving is done on the left-hand side of the road with vehicles steering on the right hand side.


If the used vehicle entering in Ireland is 4 years old or more, then it should go through the National Car Test (NCT). This applies even if the vehicle has previously received any test abroad.

Documents Required:

If one wants to drive a vehicle in public places, then motor insurance is required on the vehicle. Motor insurance is required on the vehicle before one can pay motor tax. Charges for motor tax are proportionate to the size of the vehicle engine.

Exemptions from paying Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT):

While registering motor vehicle for the first time in Ireland, VRT is required to be paid. However, exemption on VRT is also given. The following are exempted from paying VRT :
In such cases, the importer is not allowed to sell the vehicle in Ireland for at least 12 months after it has been registered. If one is paying the required VAT, then is allowed to sell or disposed off the vehicle in Ireland once it has been registered. If the importer wants to dispose of the vehicle, then it must be deposited at an authorized treatment facility.

Duties and Taxes:

  1. Customs duty of 10% is applicable on used vehicles.
  2. VAT of 21% is applicable on used vehicles.
  3. Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) is applicable on the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) of the vehicle.
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