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Tánaiste and Minister Fitzgerald calls for applications for new round of Tariff Suspension/ Quota Schemes

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has today (1 July 2017) welcomed the new round of the tariff suspension/quota schemes and is calling for applications from manufacturers in the chemicals, microelectronic and related sectors.

The tariff suspension scheme offers the possibility for such companies to import raw materials, components or intermediate products from outside the European Union free from tariff duty, if the item cannot be sourced in the EU.

The tariff quota scheme is designed to address shortages in the availability of required materials within the EU and can be applied for in the same way as suspensions.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD, welcomed the new call, saying: “I want to ensure that everything possible is done to encourage manufacturing in Ireland. Production costs are always a big concern of any manufacturer operating in the fiercely competitive global marketplace and keeping costs down is crucial to maintaining a strong foothold. The tariff suspension and quota schemes are designed to help businesses that cannot source necessary components in the EU and must import from outside the Union. I would encourage all Irish manufacturers to avail of these schemes where possible."

Closing date and time for the receipt of the next round of applications is 5.30pm on Friday, 28 July 2017. Applications should be sent by e-mail to (Word format only) and posted to the Department at the address below. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Department.

The suspension of duties on these applications, if they are successful, will come into effect 12 months after the application is made.

Further information on the Tariff Suspension or Quota Scheme may be found here: EU Tariff Suspension and Quota Scheme

Queries and applications can be sent to

Tariff Schemes,

Inward Investment Unit,

Department of Enterprise and Innovation,

Kildare Street,

Dublin 2

D02 TD30

Telephone: (01) 6312472/ e-mail: