Importing from Europe

If you’re bringing a second-hand vehicle into the UK, you don’t have to pay VAT – as long as you paid VAT in another EU country when you bought it, but you must still complete a NOVA (notification of vehicle arrival) notification to HMRC within 14 days of the vehicle arrival. If you normally live in another country in the EU and bring a vehicle with you on a temporary visit to the UK, you don’t need to notify HMRC, as long as your stay is for less than 6 months in a 12 month period. If you are on a temporary visit but decide to permanently register your car in the UK you have 14 days to notify HMRC after your decision. We are authorised to make NOVA notifications on your behalf electronically and handle this for you as part of our registration package.

Importing from outside of Europe

Moving to the UK – If you are moving to the UK and want to bring your vehicle with you then you don’t have to pay any import duty or VAT. This is providing you have owned the vehicle for over 6 months and have lived outside the EU for over 12 months. We need your purchase invoice or registration document to prove the length of vehicle ownership and a 12 month old utility bill, bank statement or property purchase/lease agreement to proof the length of time you lived in the country.

Classic cars over 30 years old

In 2010 there was a landmark case won against HMRC that has changed the rules on how we import vehicles that are over 30 years old. Generally vehicles which are in their original state, without substantial changes to the chassis, steering or braking system and engine, at least 30 years old, and of a model or type which is no longer in production will be entered under the historic rate of zero duty and 5% VAT.

If vehicles were built pre 1950 then they are automatically entered at the historic rate of zero duty and 5% VAT.

Importing a vehicle under 30 years old

Manufactured outside the EU – If you import a vehicle 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 in order to release it from UK customs. This is calculated on the amount you have purchased the vehicle for in the country you are importing it from.

Manufactured within the EU – If you import a vehicle from outside of the EU that was originally built in the EU for example a Porsche 911 built in Stuttgart, Germany. You have to pay a reduced flat rate of duty which is £50 and then 20% VAT in order to release it from UK customs.

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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