Are you planning to move abroad and you want to take your car with you? Here are some tips if you are planning to ship your car abroad. Start making calculations about expenses of shipping and that the fees are not more expensive than the car itself. Also if the vehicles are more expensive buy in the foreign country it might be word it to go through the importation process.
You have two options to ship a car. By using a container, the car would be secured by transit straps and a wooden frame to stop the movement. The second option is a roll on, roll off (Ro-Ro) service, that includes yourself as the driver of the car. After arrival, you go to the port and proceed through the various customs and quarantine channels yourself.
Some countries have more restrictions than others. If you are exporting your car out of the UK, and not coming back, you have to notify the DVLA at least at least 12 months in advance. Also you will have to complete a“Notification of Permanent Export” document and return it from your V5C registration document.
If you are you planning on shipping your car to Australia or New Zealand, be prepared to clean it before shipping. Your car will be inspected upon arrival and may require a further costly detailed cleaning. If the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service or the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry inspectors decide to do so, is going to cost you more money.
Your shipping company should provide you with the most up-to-date information on the import permits that may be required. Some countries will only allow to import car if was owned and used for at least 12 months. Others won’t allow the entrance of cars older than 7 years old.
In New Zealand, compliance testings are required for the vehicles before they are allowed on the road. In the USA, the compliance testing of the vehicle might not always be at the same port of entry. Also when your car arrives at the port of entry, before pick up you will have to pay import fees prior to the release of the vehicle. So it can be a worthwhile, option to ship your car overseas, but it will depend on the destination.
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