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Importing your car from Latvia to the United Kingdom

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You can find out more about the process of importation of your car on this through this page, but don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak with a member of staff.

What is the process for importing a car from Latvia?

We are experts in logistics and can assist with getting your car into the United Kingdom safely from Latvia.

If your car is already in the United Kingdom, we can either remotely register your car – or you can bring it to our premises for the required works to be completed. However, if you require transportation of your car to the United Kingdom there are many different transport methods that can be used.

Depending on your requirements, the car can be transported inland to a port, or transported the entire way on a car transporter. Our car logistics solutions are bespoke to your car, so get in touch so that we can better understand your requirements.

Once your car has cleared customs and is delivered to our premises we modify the car

The car is modified and tested by ourselves for compliance in the United Kingdom.

After which all relevant testing is undertaken onsite at our privately owned IVA testing lane.

  • We modify your car at our premises
  • We test your car at our premises
  • We take care of the entire process

Frequently asked questions

What is the process for importing cars under ten years old?

For cars that are under ten years old from Latvia, they will need to comply to UK type approval. We can either do this with a process called mutual recognition or through IVA testing.

Every car is different and every manufacturer has different support standards for assisting their clients through the import process, so please enquire so we can discuss the optimum speed and cost option for your individual circumstances.

We manage the whole process on your behalf, whether that is dealing with the homologation team of your car’s manufacturer or the Department for Transport, so you can relax in the knowledge that you will be legally registered with the DVLA in the shortest time possible.

Left hand drive cars from Austria will require some modifications, including those to the headlight pattern to avoid glare for oncoming traffic, the speedo to display the miles per hour reading and the rear fog light if it is not already universally compliant.

We have built an extensive catalogue of the makes and models of car we have imported so can give you a quick cost estimate of what your individual car will require.

What is the process for importing cars over ten years old?

Cars over 10 years old are type approval exempt but still require a safety test, called an MOT, and similar modifications to an IVA test prior to registration. The modifications depend on the age but are generally to the rear fog light.

If your car is over 40 years old it does not need an MOT test and can be delivered directly to your UK address ahead of it being registered.

What is enclosed transport of a car?

Enclosed transport of a car refers to a method of transporting a car in a specialized trailer or container that provides full protection and security during transit. Unlike open transport, where cars are exposed to the elements and potential road hazards, enclosed transport offers a higher level of protection.

In enclosed transport, the car is loaded into a fully enclosed trailer or container that shields it from adverse weather conditions, dust, debris, and other potential sources of damage. The trailer or container typically has solid walls and a roof to provide complete coverage and protection for the car.

Enclosed transport is often chosen for transporting valuable, classic, vintage, or exotic cars that require extra care and protection. It is also preferred when the car owner wants to maintain the pristine condition of their car or needs to transport it over long distances.

By opting for enclosed transport, the car is safeguarded against potential risks such as rock chips, inclement weather, vandalism, or theft. The enclosed trailers used for transport are usually equipped with features like hydraulic lift gates, soft tie-downs, and padding to ensure secure and damage-free transportation.

Overall, enclosed transport offers a secure and protected means of shipping cars, ensuring their safe arrival at the destination in the same condition as when they were loaded.

What is an open car transporter?

An open car transporter, also known as an open car carrier or open car hauler, is a type of transport car specifically designed for the transportation of automobiles. It is typically a large truck or trailer with multiple levels or decks, where cars can be loaded and secured for transport.

The distinguishing feature of an open car transporter is that it lacks an enclosed structure or roof, unlike enclosed transporters that have a fully enclosed container for car transport. In an open transporter, the cars are exposed to the elements during transit.

Open car transporters are commonly used in the automotive industry for various purposes, such as delivering new cars from manufacturers to dealerships, relocating cars for individuals or businesses, or transporting cars for auctions. They offer several advantages, including cost-effectiveness, ease of loading and unloading, and the ability to transport multiple cars simultaneously.

However, the main drawback of open car transporters is that they do not provide the same level of protection as enclosed transporters. As the cars are exposed, they are susceptible to damage from weather conditions, road debris, and other external factors. For this reason, open transport is typically recommended for standard cars that do not require special protection, such as classic or luxury cars.

How long does it take to transport a car from Latvia to the United Kingdom

The duration of transporting a car from Latvia to the United Kingdom can vary depending on several factors, including the shipping method, the specific ports involved, the route taken, weather conditions, customs procedures, and any potential delays. Here are the general timeframes for different shipping methods:

  1. RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) Shipping: RoRo shipping involves driving the car onto a specialized ship, and it’s generally the quickest and most cost-effective method for transporting cars. The transit time for RoRo shipping from Latvia to the United Kingdom can be around 1 to 2 weeks, although this can vary based on the specific shipping schedule and route.
  2. Container Shipping: Container shipping involves loading the car into a shipping container for protection. This method may take a bit longer due to the additional logistics involved, such as loading and unloading containers. Transit times for container shipping can range from 2 to 4 weeks, depending on various factors.
  3. Inland Transportation and Customs: The time required for inland transportation to the port of departure and customs clearance at both the departure and arrival ports should also be factored into the total transportation time. Customs procedures can sometimes cause delays if there are inspections or paperwork issues.
  4. Additional Factors: Weather conditions, port congestion, and unforeseen logistical issues can also affect the overall transit time.

It’s important to work closely with the shipping company or logistics provider to get a more accurate estimate of the transit time based on the specific details of your shipment. They can provide you with information about shipping schedules, routes, and potential delays. Keep in mind that shipping times can vary, and it’s advisable to plan with some flexibility in case of unexpected delays.


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