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Importing your car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom

Why choose My Car Import?

We can handle the whole process of importing your car from Slovakia, including the export, shipping, customs clearance, UK inland trucking, compliance testing and DVLA registration.

We handle the entire process, saving you time and unforeseen costs.

What is the process for importing a car from Slovakia?

The process starts with filling in a quote form with all the details about your Slovakian registered vehicle.

With this we can provide you with an accurate quote that reflects accurately what is required to get your vehicle registered in the United Kingdom.

We will always recommend that you do this but if you decide to go ahead with your quote, the process starts with working out if your car is in the UK or not.

If the car is not in the UK we will provide you with a quote for transporting it to the UK unless you plan on driving it yourself.

Shipping or road freight?

Most of the time for cars from Slovakia road freight is one of the better options but it can also be delivered by RoRo.

We can handle the shipping on your behalf. This includes the scheduling of your cars ocean-freight, loading, and unloading.

We typically ship the cars using shared containers, but we will always advise you of the most cost effective way to get your vehicle to the United Kingdom.

Customs clearance

The customs clearance process and paperwork required to clear your car are handled by ourselves to ensure your car does not incur any additional storage fees.

We will then transport your vehicle to our premises unless it does not need to come here. We will always advise you of the best process at time of quotation.

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

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We then register your car for you.

Once all prerequisites are satisfied, My Car Import will take care of the car registration process. From obtaining UK registration plates to completing the necessary paperwork with the DVLA, we’ll handle the details to ensure a smooth and hassle-free registration experience for your imported car.

We then deliver or you can collect your car.

Once your car is registered, My Car Import provides convenient delivery and collection services. Our team ensures a seamless and secure transfer, bringing your car directly to your desired location or arranging for collection at our designated facility.

We take care of the entire process

My Car Import handles the entire import process, ensuring a hassle-free experience. From paperwork to shipping logistics, customs clearance to compliance, we take care of everything for you.

Moving back to the United Kingdom?

A large number of individuals decide to bring their cars back from Slovakia 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. We can also move your car if it contains a large amount of possesions to save you on transport costs.

Frequently asked questions

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

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.

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.

How long does it take to transport a car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom by road freight?

The transportation time to transport a car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom by road can vary depending on factors such as the distance, route, road conditions, and any potential delays due to border crossings or customs procedures.

On average, the journey from Slovakia to the United Kingdom by road can take approximately 2 to 4 days. However, it’s important to note that this is just an estimated timeframe and can be influenced by various factors such as the specific locations in Slovakia and the UK, the efficiency of the transport company, and any unforeseen circumstances during transit.

It is also worth noting that often we use two types of car transporter. One of which carries multiple cars so it might be making more stops before heading to the United Kingdom. If it is a smaller transporter with a few cars it can often reduce the time to get your car to the United Kingdom.

Once you go ahead with My Car Import, we will provide you with additional information on the process of transporting your car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom. Our team has the necessary expertise and information to give you a more accurate estimate and timeline based on the specific details of your shipment. We will guide you through the process and ensure you have the necessary information to understand the transportation duration for your car.

How long does it take to ship a car to the United Kingdom from Slovakia?

The time it takes to ship a car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom can vary based on several factors, including the shipping method, specific departure and arrival ports, weather conditions, customs processing times, and the shipping company’s schedule. Here are some general estimates for different shipping methods:

Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) Shipping: Ro-Ro shipping involves driving the car onto a specialized vessel. The transit time for Ro-Ro shipping from Slovakia to the UK can typically range from around 4 to 8 days, although variations are possible due to scheduling and route factors.

Container Shipping: Container shipping involves placing the car inside a shipping container. The transit time for container shipping from Slovakia to the UK could take approximately 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the shipping company’s routes and schedules.

Inland Transport and Port Handling: The time it takes to transport the car to the departure port and handle paperwork, inspections, and customs clearance can also impact the overall timeline. This can add a few days to the process.

Customs Processing: Customs processing times in both Slovakia and the UK can vary based on factors such as accurate documentation, inspections, and shipment volume. It’s important to factor in potential customs processing delays.

Shipping Company and Route: The shipping company you choose and the specific route they operate can affect the transit time. Some companies might offer direct routes, while others could involve multiple stops.

Seasonal Variations: Weather conditions and seasonal factors can influence shipping schedules and transit times. It’s a good idea to consider potential weather-related delays, especially during winter months.

Current Circumstances: Keep in mind that circumstances can change, including regulations, shipping availability, and global events. Always verify the most up-to-date information from shipping companies and relevant authorities.

Can you apply for the transfer of residence scheme when moving to the UK from Slovakia?

Yes, you can apply for the Transfer of Residence (ToR) scheme when moving to the UK from Slovakia. The Transfer of Residence scheme is designed to provide relief from customs duties and taxes when you’re relocating your usual place of residence from outside the European Union to the UK. It’s important to note that while the UK has officially left the EU, you can still apply for a ToR.

To apply for the Transfer of Residence scheme when moving to the UK from Slovakia, you would generally follow these steps:

  1. Eligibility: Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria for the Transfer of Residence scheme. This typically includes having been living outside the UK and the EU for at least 12 consecutive months and having owned and used the items you’re importing for at least 6 months.
  2. Application: You will need to complete the Transfer of Residence application form, which can usually 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 other relevant information.
  3. 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.
  4. Submit the Application: Submit the completed application form along with the required documentation to the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The application can often be submitted online, but you should check the most current guidelines for the exact process.
  5. Processing: The HMRC will review your application and documentation to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. They may contact you for additional information or clarification if needed.
  6. Decision: Once your application is processed, you will receive a decision regarding your eligibility for the Transfer of Residence relief. If approved, you will receive a Transfer of Residence reference number.
  7. Customs Declaration: When your items arrive in the UK, you will need to complete a customs declaration using the Transfer of Residence reference number. This will help ensure that you receive the relief from customs duties and taxes.
  8. 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.

Please note that regulations and procedures can change, so it’s essential to refer to the most up-to-date and official information from the UK government’s website or relevant authorities. Additionally, consider seeking professional advice or assistance to ensure a smooth process when applying for the Transfer of Residence scheme.

Can you ship a car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom?

Yes, you can ship a car from Slovakia to the United Kingdom (UK). The process of shipping a car from one European Union (EU) country to another, such as from Slovakia to the UK, is relatively straightforward due to the EU’s customs union and single market. However, it’s essential to follow the necessary procedures and requirements. Here’s a general overview of how you can ship a car from Slovakia to the UK:

Documentation: Ensure you have all the required documentation for both the car and the import/export process. This may include the vehicle’s registration certificate, proof of ownership, purchase invoice, and any customs paperwork.

Customs and Import Duty: While both Slovakia and the UK are part of the EU (at the time of my last update in September 2021), customs duties and taxes don’t usually apply when moving goods, including vehicles, within the EU’s single market. However, it’s essential to check for any updated regulations and requirements post-Brexit, as the UK is no longer an EU member.

Vehicle Compliance: Ensure that your car complies with UK vehicle regulations, including emissions and safety standards. Depending on the vehicle’s age and type, it may need modifications to meet these standards. Check with the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for specific requirements.

Transportation: Arrange for the transportation of your car from Slovakia to the UK. You can choose between various shipping methods, including road transport, sea freight (ferries or container shipping), or air freight.

Customs Clearance: Your car will need to go through customs clearance upon arrival in the UK. Ensure you have all the necessary documentation and comply with UK customs regulations.

DVLA Registration: Once your car is in the UK, you will need to register it with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). This involves providing proof of ownership, customs clearance documentation, and paying any necessary registration fees and taxes.

Vehicle Taxation: You will need to pay vehicle tax (road tax) in the UK based on your car’s emissions and other factors. This can be done as part of the registration process.

Insurance: Ensure you have the necessary insurance coverage for your car in the UK. You’ll need insurance before you can legally drive the car on UK roads.

MOT Test: Depending on the age and type of your car, you may need to get an MOT (Ministry of Transport) test, which is a mandatory annual safety inspection for vehicles in the UK.

Keep in mind that regulations and requirements can change, so it’s crucial to check with UK customs authorities, the DVLA, and any relevant agencies for the most up-to-date information and guidance on shipping a car from Slovakia to the UK, especially in the post-Brexit era. Additionally, consider working with a customs broker or an experienced shipping company to facilitate the import process and ensure a smooth transition for your car.


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