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Minister Humphreys announces New Round of Tariff Suspension/Quota Schemes

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has today (1st January 2019) announced a 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.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D. welcomed the new call, saying: “I would encourage Irish manufacturers to avail of the tariff suspension and quota schemes which represent a fantastic opportunity to gain a competitive edge by keeping down the cost of sourcing components that are not available in the EU.”

Closing date and time for the receipt of the next round of applications is 5.30p.m. on Friday, 25th January 2019. Applications should be sent by e-mail to 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 from 01st January 2020.

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

Queries and applications can be sent to:
Finbarr Kiely,
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation,
Kildare Street,
Dublin 2
D02 TD30
Telephone: (01) 6312472/ e-mail: