Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Ireland

Import Rules, Regulations, Policies & Procedures
To Import Japan Used Cars In Ireland

Check all the key points related to import rules, regulations, policies, documentations, duties and taxes, inspections, restrictions, shipping ports, etc. which you should keep in mind while importing Used Cars from Japan to Ireland

Year Restriction


Destination Port


Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd.



Used Car Import Rules & Regulations in Ireland


Right-Hand Drive 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.

Used Cars Import Duties And Taxes In Ireland

Duties and taxes

Duties and rates on vehicles

The OMSP depends on the market value, model, engine size, year, and roadworthiness condition of the vehicle. After the vehicle has been inspected the rate of VRT is calculated by Revenue. Since July 2008, VRT for cars is based on the level of CO2 emission from the car, not on the engine size of the car.

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.

Used Cars Import Documentation in Ireland


Used vehicle importer should complete a Declaration for Registration (Form VRT 4). If the imported vehicle is a motorcycle, then the importer should complete a Declaration for Registration (Form VRT 5).

After the VRT is paid and vehicle is registered by the Revenue Commissioners, then the owner will receive

 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.

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