Buy in UK, Car Ferry or Cross border home (post Covid restrictions)

David_Dublin

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Hi Folks - sorry if this is a thick question.

If I go up north and buy lots of stuff because it happens to be cheaper, say sanitary ware to fit out some bathrooms, put it in my car and drive back south, I presume nobody will stop me, yet this helps me avoid import duties.

If I do the same but take the ferry to the UK, presumably I could be stopped on arrival in Dublin and have to pay the duty, right? Do we know if that is happening or likely to happen?
 

Protocol

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Assuming the products are made in the UK, there is no customs duty, thanks to the Brexit FTA.
 

odyssey06

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Alcohol products in excess of your allowance may attract a duty, but not sure if they are checking.
I read reports elsewhere of duty free being available on the ferries with small allowance.
 

David_Dublin

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Sorry, should have been clearer - I am referring to products not made in UK, just bought there.

Presume if bought in NI & driven down south, there is no possibility of "being caught".

What are businesses doing? Like a builder/contractor. Can they drive their van up to NI and buy stuff not made in UK if cheaper, and bring back down.

I imagine there's some risk of being caught if coming in on the ferry, particularly if you had a van rather than a car.
 

elcato

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I can only assume spot checks will be carried out. Same as normal regarding NI reg cars coming south. I think the Social Welfare do checks now and again on 'signing day' also.
 

Kerry Gooner

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Would the following scenario work around make any difference.
Buy the products in the UK but get a ferry direct to Larne or would customs notice the southern registration of the vehicle and make further enquirers.
 

David_Dublin

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Sounds like a lot of hassle. I think buying up north is probably the way I would go. Context for my specific use case is that we're looking at a big refurb, new bathroom(s), kitchen, utility etc, if the savings were there, and we avoid duty by collecting rather than being delivered, it is something I would be interested in investigating when the time comes. And it is safe to do so!
 

Leo

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Context for my specific use case is that we're looking at a big refurb, new bathroom(s), kitchen, utility etc, if the savings were there,
Take a look at Germany where it may be even cheaper.

You're unlikely to fit much in a car to achieve savings that will outweigh the ferry costs and time spent. All crossings from GB to Ireland north and south are now subject to customs checks. In a private car you then risk getting caught in a spot check, in a commercial, it's unlikely there is any way to avoid customs.
 
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