If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact [email protected]

Importing a tractor from Northern Ireland to south

  • 04-10-2021 10:50pm
    Registered Users Posts: 15


    just wondering has anybody on here any experience in relation to the above, post brexit 2021 as I am interested in a tractor there, (private sale).

    Interested to know are there any extra taxes/duties/vrt to be paid? What documentation is required to vrt /register the tractor in south?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Post edited by Oscar 2 on


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,474 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    Hi @Oscar 2 - you didn't seem to be getting any responses so I've taken a look myself in some downtime and it looks like you'll be hit with a flat fee of €200. You'll have to present it for inspection too.

    Based on this website:

    A tractor is classed in Category C and so when you bring it over you'll need to declare it and pay the €200. That is my understanding of the above link.

    However, from reading the Eamon Tinney website you need a few things to do it:

    • Vehicle Identity Documentation
    • Owners Address and Name Declaration
    • Invoice from the date of purchase of the vehicle
    • A VRT Vehicle Purchase Declaration Form
    • P60 which includes your PPS number and so on
    • Satisfactory evidence of when the vehicle arrived in the country
    • Documentation confirming the level of CO2 emissions of the vehicle at the time of manufacture (as approved by the Revenue Commissioners).

    If the citiziens info link is correct, then the final bullet on Tinney's list won't matter as Cat C is not defined by emissions.

    Revenue site is probably best place for official up to date info:

    There is a bit to it, but you'd be best phoning up the local NCTS office and getting the lowdown on the latest process. Hopefully this helps a bit and someone who has been through it before can chip with some experience.

  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭Easten

    Importing from the UK/NI is the same as importing from China, an import of a vehicle from GB is treated as an import from a non-European Union (EU) country.

    To trade tariff-free with the EU you must determine whether their goods qualify and provide evidence. So you will have to prove that the Tractor originated in the UK, sounds simple but it's not so for just a one off second hand Tractor, there's a mountain of paperwork and if you get through that then expect delays in it being processed.

    So as well as what has already been stated above such as the VRT liability, if you can't avail of the EU-UK preferential origin rule then you will pay the VAT and Import duty. The import duty goes on top of the whole cost of importing including transport and VAT. Plus I'm not 100% in this but i don't think the UK seller can remove the UK VAT from the price.

    You could go up north with cash in pocket and bring down a tractor but the minute you try and go legit with the tractor you'll get hit with all the above and probably more since you didn't follow procedure.

    Bottom line it's just not worth the hassle, too much red tape.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15 Oscar 2

    Thanks very much for the replies. I was always aware of the standard vrt of €200 for tractors, my main concern was if there is any additional duties or charges since brexit.

    I have asked a lot of people the past few days but everyone seems to have a different answer 🙈 it’s a private, straight sale with no vat. Or will I have to pay some form of vat anyways?

    I have been told that because the tractor has been in the north long before brexit there will be no additional duties to be paid once I try to go legit in the south as the tractor hasn’t crossed the water post brexit. I am optimistically hoping this will be the case but still not 100% sure.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,413 Mod ✭✭✭✭blue5000

    I think you have to pay vat here, if the UK seller is registered for vat they can claim it back.

    If the seat's wet, sit on yer hat, a cool head is better than a wet ar5e.

  • Registered Users Posts: 999 ✭✭✭timple23

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 8,411 ✭✭✭Mooooo

    What I've heard, if the tractor was first reg on NI, there is no VAT applicable in that case, if it was reg in England there will be VAT applied.

  • Registered Users Posts: 461 ✭✭divillybit

    Anyone register a tractor imported from an EU country recently? Just looking at a tractor that's up the North but was imported from Germany.. Dealer says its 200euro to register it in the Republic. Just wondering if theres any other hidden costs...

    Post edited by divillybit on