How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car From Australia To Ireland?

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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car From Australia To Ireland?
How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car From Australia To Ireland?

If you’re relocating overseas from Australia to Ireland, you may be wondering if it’s worth bringing your car along, or if you should sell it and get a new vehicle in Ireland. Read on to get the details and see how much you may pay in shipping costs, taxes, and more.

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car From Australia To Ireland?

The cost of shipping a car from Australia to Ireland usually starts at a minimum of $4,000 AUD When using a shipping container. RoRo (Roll On, Roll Off) shipping, where the car is driven on and off of a specialized cargo ship, is usually a cheaper alternative, but does not allow you to ship your household belongings with your car.

There are a lot of other factors that can affect the cost of shipping a car from Australia to Ireland, like the size and make/model of your car, the total distance of the shipment, and even the time of year. To get an accurate estimate, we highly recommend consulting with an experienced international auto transportation company like A-1 Auto Transport.

Do I Need To Pay Taxes When I Ship A Car From Australia To Ireland?

Ireland charges both VRT (Vehicle Registration Tax) and VAT (Value-Added Tax). If you have owned the car and used it for at least 6 months while abroad and do not sell it for at least 12 months, you can avoid the VRT. The VAT is applied to all cars except EU cars older than six months or with 10,000+ kilometers on the odometer.

VRT is usually around 13.3% of the car’s value, but this can vary depending on the type of vehicle and its carbon emissions. Luckily, it’s quite easy to get an exemption for this tax. 

It’s not possible to get an exemption for VAT, however, unless you import an EU-built car that’s 6+ months old, or has more than 10,000km on the odometer. VAT rates for importing non-EU cars are currently 23%. 

If you qualify for the VRT exemption and your car was built in the EU, it may be worth bringing it to Ireland when you move. Otherwise, you could face extremely high taxes and duties that will make bringing your car to Ireland from Australia a much less cost-effective proposition. 

Contact A-1 Auto Transport To Ship Your Car From Australia To Ireland 

If you want to ship a car from Australia to Ireland, A-1 Auto Transport is here to help. With our team of logistics and shipping professionals, we can arrange for transportation, customs, and all other steps of your shipping job. Contact us online or give us a call for more information, and to get an estimate for shipping a car from Australia to Ireland.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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