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Customs clearance

Importing your car is less stressful when an expert takes charge of it for you, especially when it comes to customs clearance.

Let My Car Import navigate the complicated world of customs clearance on your behalf.

Our team of customs agents is ready to assist with the entire process and ensure you have no issues importing your car to the UK.

We'll help with the entire customs process when importing your car to the UK

Customs Paperwork

We handle all of the paperwork on your behalf to ensure your car passes through customs without an issue.

Tax calculations

We'll make sure that you pay the correct amount of tax when importing your car. That means no additional or unexpected fees at customs!

Private or personal imports

Our vast experience has prepared us for every scenario, ranging from private imports through to transferring residents. We can confidently advise on all importations.

Dedicated support team

We're here to assist throughout the process of importing your car so you don't have to deal with a plethora of companies. Efficiency at its best!

Fill in a quote form for to get your car cleared through customs with ease.

Is your car from the EU?

Unless you are bringing a car into the UK under the ToR scheme, you will have to pay VAT If you’re bringing a second-hand car into the UK from within the EU. You won’t have to pay any duties, and for cars over thirty years old, VAT is reduced to 5%.

What about Brexit implications?

Before Brexit, free movement of goods was in effect. Since the UK left the European Union in January 2021, this is no longer applicable.  This means that any imported cars are subject to tax laws that exclude EU.

What is the ToR scheme?

If you’re moving to the UK and want to bring your car with you, you don’t have to pay any import duty or VAT. If you are unsure if you qualify for ToR relief, don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote and we’ll provide you with more information.

What about cars from outside of the EU?

If you import a car from outside of the European Union (EU) that was also built outside the EU, you will be required to pay 10% import duty and 20% VAT to release it from UK customs. This is calculated on the purchase amount in the country you are importing it from.

What is Notification of Vehicle Arrival (NOVA)?

As of April 15th, 2013, the rules changed on how we are expected to notify HMRC of cars arriving in the UK from within the EU. My Car Import attended all stakeholder meetings and assisted HMRC in testing the new system before going live.

Our online portal allows us to forward your NOVA notification directly to HMRC on your behalf. Bear in mind that the NOVA system is directly linked to the DVLA so if you haven’t completed the notification, the DVLA will reject your new registration application.

Frequently asked Questions

How soon do you have to declare a car after it arrives in the United Kingdom with HMRC Nova?

It takes approximately 14 days to complete NOVA.

Your NOVA is vital. Without it, you can not register your car.

It is possible to import a car to the UK by yourself. However, it can be a lengthy and often complicated process.

My Car Import offers a service to manage it for you.

The DVLA provides this advice in their import guide:

If you are bringing a car permanently into the UK from abroad you must do the following:

  • Provide HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with the car’s details within 14 days of its arrival.
  • Pay any VAT due before DVLA can successfully register your car.
  • After notifying HMRC about your car, you must register, tax, and fully insure before using it on the road. A UK resident must not drive a car displaying foreign registration number plates in the UK.

Do you have an in-house customs clearance team?

Yes, we certainly do!

The car import customs process can be complicated when you’re going it alone. There’s documentation and paperwork, customs declarations, duties and taxes, and a whole lot of transportation co-ordination to deal with.

Suffice to say, it can be quite the mindfield!

Working with an in-house customs team means that the entire process is organised and completed for you. (In fact, we can cover every aspect of the process for you, from start to finish!)




Can you help with the NOVA application?

Absolutely! Importing a car into the UK can be a complex and time-consuming process with  requirements to meet and paperwork to navigate. We can help with any issues you might have in acquiring a NOVA for your car.

If you choose to import your car with My Car Import, we’ll take care of the process for you. Our experts ensure that you adhere to the applicable laws, including tax and duty obligations, car valuations, and all other requirements.

We remain up-to-date with the latest regulations and changes, saving you a great deal of time and effort.

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