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Car Shipping to Ireland

Shipping a car to Ireland is very straightforward, much like the rest of the European Union. There are no special import requirements or documents that are needed other than the usual bill of sale, original title and passport.

The main difference is that vehicles shipping from the US to Ireland will need to conform to Euro specifications to be driven legally on the roads. Additionally, cars in Ireland are right hand drive.

Below in our Ireland car shipping resource, you'll find out which options are available to you, estimated time to it takes to ship a car to Ireland from the US, port information and more.

How to Ship a Car to Ireland from the USA

The two most common ways of shipping cars overseas are using a container service or roll on roll off services. However, the only method available to Ireland is with a container, as there is no RoRo port in the country.

You'll have two options: either use your own container or you can take advantage of our shared container service. We specialize in the latter and it offers much lower costs.

Major Destinations

  • Dublin (port of entry)
  • Cork
  • Belfast
  • Galway
  • Kerry

From one of our 5 US warehouses, your car will be received by our team where it will be inspected, photographed and loaded.

How Long Does it Take?

This questions depends on which port your vehicle leaves from as well as how quickly it's delivered. Once it's on the water, to ship a car from New Jersey to Ireland it takes roughly 2-3 weeks.

It will take longer if the vehicles leaves from our Los Angeles warehouse: around 4-6 weeks.

Port Information

Our US Departure Ports
  • New York
  • Savannah
  • Miami
  • Huston
  • Los Angeles
  • Dublin

We ship to other destinations in Ireland but these cities more so than the others. Rates and shipping durations for vehicles vary depending on the final point of drop off but we will work with you to find the best option.

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For those relocating to northern Ireland, make sure you are aware of the guidelines for shipping vehicles to the UK, as they are different.

Importation, Duties and Taxes

If you are bringing a car into Ireland from outside the EU, it is possible to be exempt from customs duties and the standard value added tax if you declare the vehicle as part of your personal goods and household effects.

In order to do this, the owner must have lived outside the EU for at least the previous twelve months, have bought the car outside the EU, driven it for at least six months prior to moving to Ireland, and already paid the 'sales tax' or equivalent in another country.

You also have to keep the vehicle for personal use for at least 12 months after you import it. These are the documents you must have for Irish customs:

  • Request for exemption letter
  • The invoice for the car
  • Proof of ownership or title
  • Receipt to prove payment of sales tax (VAT equivalent)
  • Certificate of insurance for at least six months prior to import
  • Proof of residency outside the EU for at least 12 months prior to arrival in Ireland
  • Shipping document for personal effects

It goes without saying that anyone not meeting the above requirements when shipping a car to Ireland is responsible for paying the customs duty and tax.

Where and When to Register a Vehicle

Assuming you already have clearance from customs, new arrivals must register all vehicles accompanied by them within 6 months of registering with their community.

Should you be staying for more than a year, you'll have to register the vehicle regardless of temporary status. Registration is done at one of the national car testing service centers.

Shipping your car to Ireland doesn't have to be a frustrating proces. If you have any additional questions or would like a free estimate, call one of our specialists at (800) 599-0190 or fill out our free online quote form!

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Written by Damien Shields

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