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Importing Vehicles Into USA From Ireland

Ireland is largely an export economy that sells various products to different countries around the world. So far, USA has been one of its top export destinations resulting in strong trade ties between the two countries. When it comes to vehicles, many are shipped to neighboring EU states. Those that bring in cars do so for reasons work-related or personal. Even so, importing cars to the US from Ireland is possible if you have the right information. Some of the steps that have to be fulfilled to import vehicle into USA from Ireland are listed below.

Cost & Time Examples for Import a Car from Ireland

From/ToOceanGroundEstimated Time
Dublin to (California port) to San Jose, CA$3800$20029+5 days
Dublin to (New York port) to Boston, MA$2700$40015+5 days
Cork to (California port) to Las Vegas, NV$3800$45029+5 days
Dublin to (California port) to Portland, OR$3800$47529+6 days
Cork to (California port) to Seattle, WA$3800$55029+6 days
Cork to (New York port) to Columbus, OH$2700$55015+5 days
Dublin to (New York port) to Detroit, MI$2700$57515+6 days
Dublin to (New York port) to Chicago, IL$2700$67515+6 days
Dublin to (California port) to Denver, CO$3800$77529+7 days
Cork to (New York port) to Houston, TX$2700$1,07515+7 days
  1. *Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
  2. *Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
  3. *Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
  4. *Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
  5. *Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

Book Export Examination Appointment

Vehicle owners in Ireland are expected to book an appointment for an export examination before being allowed to leave the country. The exam is used to gauge whether the car is eligible for the export repayment scheme, which allocates a certain amount of refund to passenger vehicles. The exam is facilitated by National Car Testing Service (NCTS) that offers services on behalf of the Road Safety Authority in Ireland. Booking of the exam can be done online or through the phone for the benefit of vehicle owners. Even so, NCTS charges a €38 fee for every appointment booked.

Carry Relevant Documents To The Appointment

When going for the NCTS appointment vehicle owners must have relevant documents for the process to move much faster. The documents required for the examination include official vehicle registration certificate, national car test (optional), name and address of registered owner, proof of revenue customer number, driving license or passport. Documents proving your contacts details should be original and less than six months old. If you are being represented by a third party, they must avail these documents plus an authorization letter from you.

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In some cases, motor traders are also allowed to take the NCTS exam but are required to present documentation showing transfer of vehicle to them. Any extra details are to be presented on a company letterhead for record purposes.

Follow Up On The Export Examination Receipt

To confirm that you successfully passed the Export Repayment Examination given by NCTS, you will receive an Export Examination receipt. The receipt will indicate the amount of Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) that will be repaid to the vehicle owner. Vehicles that are eligible for this repayment are only those that were registered in the state of Ireland and had been up to date with their tax payments.

At this stage, you have only thirty days to import vehicle into USA from Ireland and documents provided to commissioners indicating the same. The documents should prove that your vehicle was exported to a country outside the European Union to allow you get the tax refund. Also, you will need to inform the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport about the export process at their motor tax offices.

Hire An Experienced Shipping Company

The timeline given to import vehicle into USA from Ireland after receiving the Export Examination receipt is quite short. Therefore, it is important to have a shipping company ready to pick up your vehicle and start the process of taking it to America. If you have all your documentation ready as well as an international auto transport company on hold, then the shipping process should be easy. Most shipping companies that have experience in shipping cars worldwide are able to help in preparation and transportation to your preferred destination way beyond the thirty day deadline.

Complete The Tax Refund Process

Once your car has been exported to USA, you can now follow up with the NCTS on repayment of tax by filling in a claim form. If you handled the removal of the vehicle as a private individual, then you need to fill in Form VRTER2. The claim form should be accompanied by proof of removal by state, proof of vehicle registration number and copy of NCTS export examination declaration.

On the other hand, the form VRTER1A is specifically for vehicles that have been exported to non-EU countries by traders. The form should be accompanied by a document proving that their car is no longer within the state of Ireland. Also, a copy of Vehicle Export Examination Declaration given by NCTS should be submitted with the claim form. Other types of documentation required with the claim form can be found in section written “notes” on the form. Ensure that the claim form is completed in full to avoid it being rejected.

If you are looking for a shipping company that assists vehicle owners to bring in cars from Ireland into USA, you are at the right place. Reach out to us through our Contact Us page for more information.


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