How to Calculate Import Taxes into Ireland: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ireland, like many other countries, imposes import taxes on certain goods that are imported into the country. These taxes, also known as customs duties or tariffs, are designed to protect domestic industries and generate revenue for the government. If you’re importing goods into Ireland, it’s important to understand how import taxes are calculated so that you can accurately estimate the cost of your shipment. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how to calculate import taxes into Ireland.


Step 1: Determine the HS Code for your goods

The first step in calculating import taxes into Ireland is to determine the HS Code for your goods. The Harmonised System (HS) is an international system used to classify goods for customs purposes. Each product is assigned a unique HS Code, which is a six-digit code that is used to determine the applicable tariff rate.

To find the HS Code for your goods, you can use TARIC by clicking here. Click on ‘Browse the Nomenclature’ and review the various chapter headings to see which code is appropriate for your products. If you are struggling to classify your goods you can always contact Beagans Limited who will be happy to assist you in getting an accurate classification of your goods.


Step 2: Determine the applicable tariff rate

Once you have determined the HS Code for your goods, you can use the Irish Revenue website to determine the applicable tariff rate. Ireland, like other countries, has a schedule of tariff rates that apply to different types of goods.

To find the applicable tariff rate for your goods, you will need to know the country of origin of the goods (i.e., the country where they were manufactured). The tariff rate will vary depending on the country of origin, the type of product, and other factors.


Step 3: Calculate the duty payable

Once you have determined the applicable tariff rate, you can calculate the duty payable on your goods. The duty payable is calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods, including the cost of shipping and insurance.

To calculate the duty payable, multiply the value of the goods by the applicable tariff rate (expressed as a percentage). For example, if the value of your goods is €1,000 and the applicable tariff rate is 5%, the duty payable would be €50.


Step 4: Add VAT and any other charges

In addition to customs duties, you may also be required to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) on your imported goods. The VAT rate in Ireland is currently 23%, although there are certain goods and services that are exempt or subject to a reduced rate.

To calculate the VAT payable, add the value of the goods, the customs duty payable, and any other charges and then multiply by the VAT rate. For example, if the value of your goods is €1,000, the customs duty payable is €50, and there are no other charges, the total amount payable would be €1,291.50 (€1,000 + €50 duty + €241.50 VAT).


Step 5: Pay the import taxes

Once you have calculated the import taxes payable, you will need to pay them to the Irish Revenue. This is done by Beagans Limited by completing a Customs Declaration form and submitting it to the Revenue Commissioners.

It’s important to note that failure to pay the appropriate import taxes can result in penalties and delays in releasing your goods. It’s therefore essential to ensure that you have accurately calculated the import taxes and paid them on time.



Calculating import taxes into Ireland involves determining the HS Code for your goods, determining the applicable tariff rate, calculating the duty payable, adding VAT and any other charges, and then paying the import taxes to the Irish Revenue. While the process may seem daunting, there are many resources available to help you navigate the process and ensure that you have accurately calculated the import taxes and paid them on time.

It’s important to note that the import tax rates and rules are subject to change, so it’s crucial to stay updated with the latest information. Additionally, seeking the assistance of a customs broker or freight forwarder can help simplify the process and ensure that all requirements are met.

By following this guide, you can ensure a successful import process into Ireland and avoid any unnecessary complications. With accurate calculations and timely payments, you can navigate the import process with confidence and focus on growing your business.


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