What do we offer?
We pride ourselves on being able to take care of the entire process on your behalf.
Once your car has cleared customs it is delivered to our premises
The moment it arrives it is booked in for an inspection and you will receive a video to show you that it has arrived safely.
Our staff will explain what will happen next to your vehicle, and it then gets scheduled into our systems ready to be modified.
After that, we will book it in for any relevant testing. We take care of everything needed to get your car road worthy in the United Kingdom:
- We modify your car at our premises
- We test your car at our premises
- We take care of the entire process
Once your car has passed its testing it can be put in for registration and once you receive a V5C it can be collected or delivered.
Moving from Singapore to the United Kingdom?
A large number of individuals decide to bring their cars back from Singapore taking advantage of the tax-free incentives offered when relocating.
We can assist in taking care of the car whilst you are in the process of moving. If you have chosen to ship your personal belongings along with your car in the same container we are also on hand to collect the car on your behalf.
Frequently asked questions
The duration of shipping a car from Singapore to the UK can vary depending on several factors, including the shipping method, the specific route taken, customs procedures, and logistical arrangements.
However, as a general guideline, the shipping time can range from approximately 4 to 8 weeks.
At My Car Import we offer the complete import service, however, every quote is bespoke to your exact car and requirements. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for a no obligation quote to import your car from Singapore to the United Kingdom.
The more information we know about the car the easier it will be to give you an exact price to import your car.
We do this using an IVA test. We have the only privately operated IVA testing facility in the UK, meaning your car will not be waiting for a testing slot at a government testing centre, which can take weeks, if not months to obtain. We IVA test every week on-site and therefore have the fastest turnaround to get your car registered and on UK roads.
Every car is different and every manufacturer has different support standards for assisting their clients through the import process, so please get a quote so we can discuss the optimum speed and cost option for your 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.
Australian cars may require some modifications, including the speedo to display an MPH reading and the rear fog light positioning if it is not already universally compliant.
We have built an extensive catalogue of the makes and models of cars we have imported so can give you an accurate estimate of what your car will require to be ready for its IVA test.
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.
The Transfer of Residence (ToR) scheme in the UK is designed for individuals moving to the UK from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). Singapore is not a part of the EU or EEA, so it’s possible to apply for the ToR scheme when moving to the UK from Singapore.
However, please note that the situation may have changed since my last update, and it’s important to refer to the most current information from the UK government’s official website or relevant authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date guidance. Immigration and customs regulations can change, and it’s crucial to have the latest information to ensure a smooth transition when moving to the UK from Singapore.
To apply for the Transfer of Residence scheme when moving to the UK from Singapore, you would generally follow a similar process to what I outlined in previous responses:
- Eligibility: Check the eligibility criteria for the Transfer of Residence scheme. This typically includes having been living outside the UK and the EU/EEA for a specified period and meeting other criteria related to the ownership and use of the items you’re importing.
- Application: Complete the Transfer of Residence application form, which can often be found on the UK government’s official website. This form will require details about your personal information, the items you’re importing, your previous residence, and more.
- Supporting Documentation: Gather the necessary supporting documentation, which may include proof of your previous residence outside the UK, evidence of ownership and use of the items, and other relevant paperwork.
- Submit the Application: Submit the completed application form and supporting documents to the appropriate authorities. The application process may involve online submission or other methods, depending on the current guidelines.
- Processing: The relevant authorities will review your application and documentation to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. They may request additional information if needed.
- Decision: Once your application is processed, you will receive a decision regarding your eligibility for the Transfer of Residence relief. If approved, you’ll receive a Transfer of Residence reference number.
- Customs Declaration: When your items arrive in the UK, you’ll need to complete a customs declaration using the Transfer of Residence reference number. This helps ensure you receive the relief from customs duties and taxes.
- Inspection and Clearance: Depending on the nature of your items, customs authorities might conduct inspections or require additional information to clear your goods through customs.
Always refer to the latest information and guidelines provided by the UK government or relevant authorities to ensure a smooth process when applying for the Transfer of Residence scheme when moving from Singapore to the UK.
Singapore is a major international shipping hub with several ports that can be used for shipping cars, including cars. Here are some of the key ports in Singapore that are commonly used for car shipping:
- Port of Singapore: The Port of Singapore is one of the busiest and largest container ports in the world. It consists of multiple terminals, including the Tanjong Pagar Terminal, Keppel Terminal, Brani Terminal, and Pasir Panjang Terminal. These terminals handle a significant amount of cargo, including cars.
- Pasir Panjang Terminal: This terminal is part of the Port of Singapore and is known for handling a variety of cargo types, including cars. It’s equipped with modern facilities for efficient cargo handling.
- Keppel Terminal: Also part of the Port of Singapore, Keppel Terminal has facilities for handling both containerized and non-containerized cargo, including cars.
- Tanjong Pagar Terminal: While the Tanjong Pagar Terminal is being phased out for container operations, it has been used in the past for car shipping. However, it’s important to verify the current status of this terminal and its operations.
- Jurong Port: Jurong Port is another multipurpose port in Singapore that handles various types of cargo, including cars. It offers diverse berths for different cargo requirements.
- PSA International Terminals: PSA International operates several terminals within the Port of Singapore. These terminals have the infrastructure to handle containerized and non-containerized cargo, making them potential options for shipping cars.
It’s important to note that port availability and operations can change over time, so it’s recommended to verify the current status of these ports, their facilities, and their operations before making any shipping arrangements.