Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces New Round of Tariff Suspension/ Quota Schemes

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announces 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 Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D welcomed the new call, saying: “Production costs are a chief concern of any manufacturer operating in the global marketplace as keeping costs down is key to maintaining a competitive edge. The tariff suspension and quota schemes can help businesses that cannot source necessary components in  the EU and are forced to 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, 27 January 2017. 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
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

Fionnuala Kehoe,
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
Kildare Street,
Dublin 2
D02 TD30
Telephone: (01) 6312704/ e-mail: