Galway is located in Connacht province in the western region of Ireland. Scenically situated on the Corrib River, it is the 4th most populated city. In case you plan on living here on a long term basis or even for a couple of months, importing your vehicle can help commute with ease. It is essential to know that even though Ireland is one country, North Ireland follows one set of rules as per UK law, while the rest follows rules and regulations of European Union.
When it is about importing vehicles, stringent regulations are in place under purview of Ireland Customs department. When you go by the set procedures and follow policies, the approvals will be quick and importing your vehicle easy. That is one of the reasons that you need to ensure that you work with a trusted international shipping service such as A1 Auto Transport service.
Cost of importing a vehicle.
If you trying to budget the vehicle import to Galway, it is essential to consider the custom fees, method of shipping that you opt for, any tax exemptions. When you work with us at A1 Auto Transport service, we ensure that your requirements and eligibilities are checked against all exemptions, to help make the move as affordable as possible. Additionally with a plethora of information and experience in dealing with Irish Customs, we’ll be with you all through the process till the vehicle is in your possession. However, there are some documents that have to be verified not just by the Irish Customs but before the vehicle ships from the U.S port. These are:
- Bill of vehicle purchase.
- S insurance on the vehicle.
- Proof of purchase and paid taxes.
- Title deed.
- Vehicle registration.
- Work permit/visa authorized by the Irish government.
Another key aspect of vehicle import is that you are required by law to get the vehicle registered at the Irish Department of Transport within 180 days of your residence in the country. Before it can be locally registered in Galway, all taxes and registration fee has to be paid.
Freight shipping methods.
Opting for the right shipping method is essential as it affects the total price of your vehicle import. Thus, give careful consideration to each method before you select the one that suits your requirements. The methods are:
Your vehicle is loaded into a twenty feet or forty feet shipping container and secured in place to minimize movement during transit. This method is safer and more secure, if you have a vintage car or a luxury vehicle to transport from USA to Ireland. Additionally, if you want to put personal or household belongings in the rest of the space, you are allowed to do so.
Roll-On and Roll-Off (RORO).
This is the most common ways of shipping vehicles but only an empty vehicle can be shipped. At the U.S port it is driven on the ship deck and harnessed in the parking bay. When it reaches the port of Galway, it is driven off the ship. Additionally, there are other restrictions that have to be followed. You have to leave the vehicle jack, spare tire and keys within but air conditioning gas has to be removed completely. In addition, it is better to clean the interiors of the vehicle to fasten the clearances.
Call in at the Embassy of Ireland to get the detailed information on the vehicle imports to Galway.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.