Declare re-importation of an unaccompanied private motor vehicle from outside the UK (C179B)

Use form C179B to declare your vehicle to Customs and claim any relief from duty and VAT that may apply to private motor vehicles exported from the UK before.


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Declare your vehicle to HMRC if you’re re-importing an unaccompanied private vehicle from outside the UK. You can also use it to claim any relief from duty and VAT.

Give your completed declaration to HMRC or the UK Border Agency at the port you’re importing the vehicle into.

You can either:

  • use the online service
  • fill in the form on-screen, print and post it to HMRC

To use the online service, you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you use the service.

If you use the online form, you’ll get a reference number that you can use to track the progress of your form.

To fill in the form you’ll need the:

  • details of any alteration, renovation, repairs or additions made while the vehicle was outside the UK - including where these were carried out and the value of them
  • place of importation
  • ship name or aircraft flight number
  • date of importation
  • place of examination
  • port or place of foreign loading
  • bill of lading number
  • details of the vehicle including:
    • make
    • model
    • Vehicle Identification Number (chassis number)
    • colour
    • current registration number
    • previous UK registration number, if applicable
    • year or manufacture
    • details of any attachments
    • details of any optional extras

Email HMRC to ask for this form in Welsh (Cymraeg).

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Published 12 September 2014
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. This page has been updated because the Brexit transition period has ended.

  2. An online forms service is now available.

  3. First published.