Importing a Car to Europe

This article explains the process of importing a car to Europe in the simplest manner.

Once you have purchased your car from any part of the world and shipped your car it to your preferred port of destination then you have the following procedures.

Car import procedures:

Unloading:
The process of bringing the container to a bonded warehouse and removing the car from the container (all photos will be provided upon request) is called the unloading.

Car import taxes:

10% of the car value is calculated for customs.

19% of all costs including customs is calculated for the VAT payment (i.e.: car value + car shipping + car unloading + customs tax).

If the car is being cleared on a personal name the customs and the VAT has to be paid at the port of entry, but if the car is cleared under a company name you are allowed to take the car after paying just the customs. The VAT can be paid during the time of sale at your home destination.

What is a T1 document?
A T1 is a transit document used to transport a car from the customs bonded warehouse at the port of transit to the customs bonded warehouse at the final destination without paying customs duties and taxes within the territories of the countries included in the transit agreement.

Examples of when a T1 document is used.
Shipping a car from Dubai to Poland or Prague. The car is shipped to Bremerhaven as Prague doesn’t have a sea port. A T1 is made by the German agency indicating the final destination as Prague. In Prague, you can close the T1 document and can do all import formalities (customs and other taxes).

Homologation & TUV:
Homologation is the process of preparing a car that has been imported and non-EU standard to being EU standard. This may or may not include changing of tires, lights, mirrors, navigation system, exhaust upgrade and so on varying from car to car.

Each country has different rules of registration, for example you cannot import a car to Prague and register if it is older than 8 years. Importing a car to Poland that has a bigger capacity engine will lead to a higher tax bracket, so please be aware of your local rules before you buy your car or ask us to know more.

TUV is the official test done by the licensing department or their partner agencies who approve the car is road worthy as per EU standards after which you can insure and register the car

Insurance and registration:
By now we are sure you know what this means and if you don’t you could go to www.google.com and find out, BTW we also do a door to door delivery of cars with all the above mentioned process to make importing a car from Dubai, importing a car from USA, Importing a car to Germany, Importing a car to The Netherlands, Importing a car to Poland anywhere a very smooth process.

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