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Just like with the rest of EU countries, transporting a car from the USA to Ireland is a fairly straightforward process. Before arranging for your car to be shipped to Ireland, you have to collect the necessary documents and make sure the car complies with EU specifications. Let’s take a look at some of the most important aspects of the car shipping process from the USA to Ireland.

Shipping method

You can choose between a number of shipping methods, among which RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) shipping is the most affordable. To ship your vehicle via RoRo, however, you have to make sure it’s in running condition since it will have to be driven on and off the ramp on the RoRo vessel.

Other options include shared and exclusive container shipping, especially for non-roadworthy cars. The prices vary depending on whether you want your car to be shipped individually in a container or along with other vehicles.

Additionally, container shipping allows you to transport personal items along with the car, which is not allowed with RoRo shipping.

How long it takes to ship a car to Ireland

How long it will take to transport your car from the US to Ireland will depend on:
– the type of shipping method you chose
– the departure and arrival ports
– the speed of delivery

For example, shipping a car from Los Angeles to Ireland will take 4 to 6 weeks, whereas shipping it from New Jersey will take no more than 3 weeks.

Duties and taxes for car import to Ireland

Chances of exemption from paying the value added tax or customs duties in Ireland are very high when shipping a car from outside EU countries. This exception happens if you declare the car as your personal asset intended for personal use.

You should be eligible for tax exemptions on condition:

– you haven’t lived in Ireland for at least one year
– you have driven the car for 6 months before shipping it from the USA
– you have paid the sales tax in your country of residence.

NOTE: You have to meet all the above criteria to qualify for exemptions.

Car registration in Ireland

Once the car reaches Ireland, registration is considered as a crucial process to ensure legality as you use the car. You should register the car within 6 months of your own registration in the chosen community, regardless of how long you are staying.

The government has to ascertain that the vehicle meets all the requirements and abides by the safety rules of the state. The registration process for the shipped cars happens at one of the national car testing centers.

Transporting a car from the USA is never a hassle with Ship Overseas. We offer top-notch car shipping service to Ireland and other countries in Europe, via RoRo or container shipping. Our business operation spans 3 decades, during which we have built a vast network of partners and associates, including reliable FMCSA-licensed motor carriers. Ship Overseas is BBB-accredited and licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission. Contact us today to obtain a free shipping rate!

Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.
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