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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 (1st 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 T.D  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 5.30p.m.  on Friday, 28th  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:

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: