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Car Shipping to Turkey from USA

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Shipping Cars to Turkey from the USA

In line with the custom regulations of Turkey, the only way a foreigner can ship their car to the country and import it is if they are moving to Turkey for work, retirement or education.

Should you fall into one of these categories, the next step would be to obtain an alien vehicles temporary entry card, or blue card as it’s referred to. The only place that you can get this special entry card is from the Turkish Touring and Automobile Union.

Customs Tax on Cars Shipped to Turkey

The customs fee for cars depends on the vehicle’s engine size and age and also whether you are obtaining temporary status or applying for a residence permit.

Obtaining Temporary Entry for Your Vehicle

To obtain the entry card, you need to first pay a fee and present the following documents:

  • Residence permit (for work, education or retirement purposes)
    • Your work permit (if you are a foreigner working in Turkey)
    • Foreign retirees need a document indicating the amount of their retirement pension
    • For students, a certificate from their school
  • Passport and a photocopy
  • Valid driving license and photocopy
  • Proof of ownership (registration documents, purchase invoice)
  • Proof of insurance valid in Turkey

After the temporary entry card has been issued for the imported vehicle, you must take it to the customs office to pay the fee. In addition, if you are registering the vehicle you have to go to the Turkish Traffic Department Directorate in the specific province that you received residence.

Important Deadlines for Auto Shipping to Turkey

For those adhering to the temporary entry card status, the foreign plated vehicle can only be used in Turkey for a duration of 6 months in a 12 month period.

Once the time is up, the car must leave Turkey for a minimum of 6 months before the process can be repeated. The maximum amount of time this can be done is two. Under certain circumstance, those with a retirement visa can bring their car into Turkey for up to one year before the vehicle must leave.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Turkey, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote


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Car Shipping to Switzerland from USA

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Shipping Cars to Switzerland from the USA

There are many questions that come up before you ship your vehicle abroad. You first have to determine which regulations and classifications apply to your personal situation. Switzerland, for example, makes the distinction between undeclared vehicles, meaning essentially the vehicle has no prior registration and has not been taxed, vehicles for temporary use, and relocation to Switzerland from a foreign country.

Different Scenarios When Importing Your Car

Instance 1:

  • You must declare your vehicle the first chance you get with customs and only in person. You will be liable for customs duties as well as the VAT.
  • All vehicles which are imported or driven across the border are subject to a technical test.

Instance 2:

  • Temporary visitors with residence abroad can operate their vehicle without paying import duties. After filling out the documentation, Form 15.30, a simple permit is required. It is applicable to foreign employees, students and interns and lasts for two years.

Instance 3:

  • If one is moving to Switzerland, the car will be duty free if it was used for at least 6 months abroad under your ownership.
  • Registering the vehicle is required after customs in the canton where you have declared residence.

For more information, please visit the Swiss Customs Administration website.

How Swiss Duties are Calculated for Motor Vehicles

  1. Rates are the same for used and new cars
  2. Depending on weight and motor size, rates can range from 12 to 15 CHF per 100kg or 220Lbs. (applies to motorcycles shipped into Switzerland as well)
  3. VAT is 8%, based upon an assessment of the value of the car
  4. Currency is converted into Swiss Francs and duties are payable in cash upon entry

3 Car Related Facts About Switzerland

  1. It was once illegal to slam your car door
  2. Every car with snow tires must have a sticker that reminds the driver not to drive faster than 160 km/h with the tires on
  3. There is a fine for leaving the keys in your unlocked car.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Switzerland, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote


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Car Shipping to Sweden from USA

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Shipping Cars to Sweden from the USA

If you or someone you know is planning on shipping a car to Sweden from the United States, we’ve included port locations (both export and import), car shipping methods and additional information like what documentation you’ll need to ship your vehicle, costs, what to expect at customs and much more.

Experienced Auto Transporters

For the past 20 years, we’ve specialized in international auto transport and currently have services leaving for Sweden every other week.

The first part of the process, exporting, is straightforward and depending on your time frame, we can accommodate you with a fast service or ship your car in a shared container to keep the costs down to a minimum.

If you qualify for a duty free import, then the overall expense can be substantially reduced. We will explain how that works in the following sections.

First, lets talk about the different ways to ship your car and which options you have in terms of where your car will be leaving the US from and once it arrives in Sweden.

Major Destinations

  • Gothenburg
  • Helsinborg
  • Linkoping
  • Malmo
  • Stockholm
  • Uppsala

It’s important to note that because it is part of the EEA as well as the EU, there are slightly different requirements for vehicle imports.

As we specialize in shipping cars to Sweden from the US, the information applies to these two countries.

Car Shipping to Sweden: Ro-Ro and Container Services

There is a good chance that if you are moving to Sweden with a car or household goods, your shipment will either go through Stockholm or Gothenburg, with the latter being the main port that we use for our consolidation services.

We can offer a direct, fast sail service to both ports, but you may need to book a single use 20′ container. Ask your salesperson for more information when getting a quote.

Additionally, Pro Imports Motors and our overseas partners can arrange inland transport to most cities and our agents will be glad to help you with this when you arrive.

The two main ocean freight methods for car shipping to Sweden include a container service or a roll-on roll-off service.

We offer both but we specialize in consolidated container shipments and with five US warehouse locations near major ports, we’re able to offer very competitive rates.

Port Information

US Departures

  • Miami, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Savannah, GA
Roll on Roll off Departures

  • Baltimore
  • New York
Port of Entry in Sweden

  • Gothenburg
  • Stockholm (FCL-Individual 20ft Containers)
By transporting a car with a shared service, the ocean freight costs as well as destination and unloading fees are greatly reduced since you are sharing the container space.

This option can take slightly longer because we’ll need to load multiple cars before your container will depart. So it’s a trade off between the cost and amount of time it takes.

For those that have a time constraint and need to ship a car to Sweden in a hurry, you can book your own 20ft. You have full control over the sail dates and arrival dates with this service.

A Ro-Ro service is also available. The “on the water” sail time is usually similar to that of containers and it’s a good option for single vehicles.

Because the method in which a vehicle is transported can influence departure ports and arrivals, make sure to let your sales specialist know and we’ll find the option that works best for you.

Importing Vehicles

As mentioned earlier, there is a scenario when a person will be able to ship their car and import it free of duties and taxes.

The only way to be eligible is if you’re relocating permanently and declaring residency. If you can answer yes to the following questions then under most circumstances you’ll be able to ship a car to Sweden duty and tax free.

  • Have you owned your vehicle longer than 6 months prior to moving?
  • Have you lived in your current home outside of the EU for over a year?
  • Have you obtained authorization from Sweden’s migration office to stay longer than the 3 month tourist duration?
  • Have you applied for a personnummer at the local tax office?
  • Is your vehicle for personal use?
  • Are you planning to keep the automobile in your possession for more than a year?

*Additionally, customs often requires proof of meeting the above requirements in the form of purchase receipts, proof of residence, etc.

Customs Documentation for Clearing Your Car
You will need the majority of the documents in order to fill out the single administrative document and declare your belongings and also if you are applying to waive the import duty and associated taxes.

Required Paperwork

  • Certificate of registration
  • Purchase invoice or bill of sale
  • Original title
  • Proof of registration and insurance from in the US
  • Passport photo

Should one not apply for the relief or be ineligible, the applicable VAT in Sweden is 25% in addition to the duties charged by customs.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Sweden, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote


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