Bahrain to the UK import

If you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy company to take control of shipping a car from Bahrain to the UK, you have come to the right place. At My Car Import we have a number of years’ experience in shipping from this region so can take care of every element for your complete convenience.

Deregistering the Vehicle in Bahrain

The first stage of the process requires the vehicle to be deregistered in Bahrain before it can be shipped to the UK. You will need to acquire export plates from the RTA ahead of our agents in Bahrain receiving the car in the warehouse to ready it for shipping.

Loading & Shipping of Your Vehicle

Whilst in our capable hands, you can have complete confidence that our team will take great care of your vehicle during the loading process. Our handpicked agents are vastly experienced in this field so will load carefully and fasten securely so the car won’t move an inch in transit.

For further peace of mind, we do offer transit insurance as an additional option which will insure the vehicle to its full replacement value throughout the journey from Bahrain to the UK.

Import Tax Legislations

There are a number of import tax legislations that must be adhered to during the process to avoid any hold-ups in you receiving your vehicle on arrival in the UK. Bringing your car to the UK is tax free if you are moving too, yet you must have lived outside of the EU for over 12 months and have owned the car for a minimum period of six months prior to import.

If you have owned the vehicle for less than six months, an import duty charge and VAT will need to paid. The end fee is based on the amount you paid for the vehicle and follows the below criteria:

– £50 one-off import duty and 20% VAT for vehicles built in the EU

– 10% import duty and 20% VAT for vehicles built outside of the EU

If you are bringing over from Bahrain a vehicle which is 30 years old or older, you will qualify for a reduced rate of 5% VAT by meeting certain conditions that are in place.

Testing Before Vehicle Registration

On arrival in the UK and after clearing customs, we will collect your car from the port and transport it back to our centre via vehicle transporter.

In order to be registered and able to be driven on UK roads, vehicles under ten years of age and imported from Bahrain are required to undergo an IVA test.

With My Car Import, you’ll benefit from us being the only company in the country to have its own IVA testing lane so turnaround times are far quicker as we avoid having to send your car elsewhere.

To pass this stage of the process, your vehicle will require a number of modifications to ensure it is suitable for UK road use. Just some of the changes we will make include installing a rear fog light if one isn’t fitted as standard, converting the speedometer to mph and adjusting the headlight settings. Each car is likely to require a different level of work so we will always supply you with a bespoke quote to get a clear understanding of the costings.

If your imported vehicle is over ten years old an IVA test is not required, yet modifications and road suitability testing will be necessary. It must also pass an MOT test before the DVLA will register the vehicle.

DVLA Registration & UK Plate Fitting

Once the vehicle has undergone the necessary testing and modifications, the next stage is the registration with the DVLA. We again are able to speed up this process for our clients as we have our own DVLA Account Manager who is on hand to process all applications.

After the car is registered, we will then fit new UK number plates and the vehicle is ready to hit the road. We can either arrange for collection from our East Midlands depot or deliver the car direct to the door of your property.

For a convenient, fast and almost effortless import process when shipping a car from Bahrain to the UK, choose My Car Import. Call us today on +44 (0) 1332 81 0442 to begin the process by discussing your requirements with our team.


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Frequently asked Questions

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive regarding shipping

For many transferring residents the most daunting part can be moving their possessions back to the United Kingdom. At My Car Import we can manage the entire process of bringing your vehicle into the United Kingdom for you and if you choose to go for a large dedicated 40ft container – we can remove your vehicle at the port without requiring the entire container to be delivered to our premises.

The price to ship your vehicle will depend on where it is coming from, and the size of the vehicle. Shared containers are often used to drastically reduce the cost of shipping your vehicle but this option might be unsuitable for certain vehicles so its best to get in touch with a few more details so you can get an accurate cost to import your vehicle with My Car Import.

Roll on Roll off shipping is a method used to transport vehicles without requiring a container. The vehicle is driven right onto the vessel which is similar to a large floating car park whereby it can begin its journey.

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My Car Import has successfully performed thousands of vehicle imports from start to finish. Wherever your vehicle is in the world, we will be able to handle every step of your import and registration process. We have a worldwide network of agents on every continent to give us up to date local knowledge and confidence wherever your vehicle is located.

We are the only car importer in the UK to have made a considerable investment in a DVSA approved testing facility for our site. This means DVSA inspectors use our onsite testing lane to issue individual type approvals to our client’s vehicles. With our worldwide presence and ongoing commitment to all aspects of UK compliance, we are the market leaders in our field.