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Car Shipping to Poland from USA

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Shipping Cars to Poland from the USA

Experience Vehicle Transport to Poland

Pro Imports Motors has been moving cars to destinations such as Warsaw, Gdynia, Krakow and other destination cities for more than 20 years.

We have extensive experience exporting vehicles from the U.S. to Poland, as well as numerous other destination base ports in Europe.

Although shipping a car to Poland from your home in the U.S. may sound like a daunting task for an individual, it’s not.

This process is actually quite simple. Once you conduct the proper research and you familiarize yourself with the steps, it makes a huge difference. This is where we can help.

Some of the important things to know are:

  • Customs procedures both in the U.S. and upon arrival at the destination
  • The different shipping options available
  • Vicinity of your current US location to the departure port
  • All charges applicable when your car arrives in Poland

The following information should help to answer some of the questions regarding shipping vehicles.

Our Services

Car shipping to Poland is usually done in a shared container. We can load up to 4 vehicles in a 40ft container, but 3 would be the normal count for full container load.

Before you can export your vehicle, you must provide us with an original clear title to clear customs. If you recently purchased the vehicle, you must have a bill of sale also.

Your status will determine whether or not you are liable for any polish tax and excise duties. Please ask our sales team for more advice on this.

We can ship your vehicle form one of our warehouse locations.

US Departures

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

In the case of Poland, and all European base ports, the sail time is faster when shipping from the east coast. This cuts down on the delivery time frame as well as ocean freight costs.

However, not everybody lives close enough to one of our warehouses so that they can drop off their vehicle for shipping. This is why we offer a full domestic pick up service, so we can have your car picked up and transported safely to our nearest warehouse.

If you do live close enough and have the time to deliver the car to our warehouse in New York for example, that option is available to all clients. Just make sure you have your booking reference number before dropping it off.

When shipping with us, after we’ve received the automobile, we finalize and ensure that everything needed for export is correct and in order.

Additional services include:

  • Full vehicle inspection upon arrival with photos
  • Customs documentation
  • U.S. customs and port clearance
  • Online tracking of your car shipping process

As you can see, we take care of the entire export process so you won’t have to worry about all the bureaucratic steps in the U.S.

International Transport Options

There are a few different methods for transporting cars overseas. How your car is shipped will depend on your needs as a client, what your expectation is for final delivery overseas and your choice of arrival port.

The port of entry we use in Poland is Gdynia. We offer both containerized shipments and roll-on roll-off service.

Shipping a Car to Poland in a Container:
This is the method we base our competitive rates on and recommend. There are two ways you can do this.

Clients can either ship their own vehicle by itself in a 20ft individual container or move the vehicle via consolidation.

This is when we load multiple clients vehicles’ in the same 40ft container. Talk with your salesperson for more information about this.

Selecting a consolidated service will lower the costs to ship your car because you’re sharing the total costs.

Some clients also elect to transship their autos to Bremerhaven, as it’s a slightly busier market and we have consolidations leaving more frequently.

Port Information

From the U.S., if you’re shipping a car to Poland with the consolidated service, the port to port rate you receive will be to Gdynia and there will be destination fees for your vehicle upon arrival.

This port is centrally located in northern Poland on the Baltic Sea. From there, clients can speak with destination agents about moving the car to a further destination.

Distance from Gdynia to:

  • Gdansk 25 km or 15 mi
  • Krakow 620 km or 385 mi
  • Lodz 362 km or 225 mi
  • Poznan 357 km or 222 mi
  • Warsaw 381 km or 237 mi

Importing a Car to Poland

Poland is similar to other EU countries in how duties and taxes are assessed on vehicles.

The exact costs will vary depending on the specs of your vehicle, how much you paid in transport costs, insurance and whether you qualify for duty free import.

In general for a smaller sedan, there will be a duty of around 10%, with VAT of 23%. There’s also a border tax that ranges depending on the size of the engine.

If you are relocating to the country and declaring residency in your new home, then you may be eligible to ship a car duty free as part of your household.

You’ll have to inform customs and fill out the needed documentation in the form of an import declaration to prove that you’ve owned the car and driven it in the U.S. for more than 6 months as well as numerous other steps.

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


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Car Shipping to Norway from USA

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Car Shipping to Norway from USA

Shipping Cars to Norway from the USA

If you’re looking to ship a car to Norway from the USA, it’s a fairly straightforward process as long as you make sure that you have all the documentation, give yourself enough time and ensure that your car is eligible for shipping.

Car Shipping to Norway

Car Shipping to Norway

Regarding the actual process, you will have a few options when it comes to shipping your vehicle internationally. Each of the methods vary in terms of the overall costs, availability and estimated shipping timeframes.

The two main service options include:
1) Shipping a Car via Container
2) Roll On Roll Off

Furthermore, with our car shipping services, we have options for both shared and sole use containers.

Containerized Transport

Moving your vehicle with this option is recommended as it adds extra protection during transit. Additionally, those moving to Norway can use the extra space for household goods and other items as long as it’s a reasonable amount.

US Departures

  • Miami, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Savannah, GA
Destinations

  • Oslo (port of entry)
  • Bergen
  • Drammen
  • Stavanger
  • Trondheim

Roll On Roll Off Car Shipping to Oslo

RO/RO is also an option when considering larger vehicles and oversized trucks. The only port for this method of car shipping to Norway is Oslo.

If you are interested in this particular service and would like more information. Contact one of our representatives and they can work on getting you a customized quotation.

Things to Know Before Shipping a Car to Norway

Norway requires that all vehicles entering meet the country’s safety and emissions standards prior to your car being registered and driven in the country.

  1. It’s recommended that persons contact the Norwegian Public Roads Administration first to determine what mechanical requirements the vehicle will be subject to prior to registration.
  2. After arriving in the country, you have 1 to 3 days to report to the local Customs and Excise office.
  3. The NPRA requires inspection at one of its traffic services offices of all second-hand imported vehicles

TVAT, Tax and Import Duties on Vehicles

The value added tax for imported automobiles is 25%. The percentage is based on the customs value. This number is calculated as follows: Customs value = purchase price + freight costs + insurance costs to the Norwegian border.

There are certain scenarios which allow you to ship your car and not have to pay taxes or duties as long as your stay will be shorter than 1 year.

Interesting Facts

  1. Norway prohibits cars being advertised as environmentally friendly!
  2. The country has voted against membership in the EU several times, but has implemented more EU directives than any other EU member state.
  3. Even though the country is one of the top oil producers in the world, gas is more expensive than almost anywhere.
  4. Beware of vacationing in Norway during August. Shops and restaurant services almost come to a stop during this month as they are on vacation.

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


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Car Shipping to Denmark from USA

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Car Shipping to Denmark from USA

Shipping Cars to Denmark from the USA

Shipping a car to Denmark entails looking at a few options when determining what you will need to prepare in terms of documentation and financial planning.

The easy part is the transportation. Especially when using an international car shipper that has over 20 years of experience moving cars to Copenhagen and other destinations.

The hard part will be determining whether it’s worth it to ship your vehicle, since the importation into Denmark can be quite expensive if you don’t meet the exemption requirements.

Shipping a Car to Denmark from the USA

Anyone who wants to move their personal vehicle will need to choose the method in which they would like to ship. 

We offer both a standard sole container service and shared. You’ll either be able to deliver the vehicle to one of our five US locations or we can dispatch a pickup.

Lastly, there are two additional taxes to consider when shipping a car to Denmark and they apply to every car registered in the country. There is a vehicle weight tax and an owners tax.

Major Destinations

  • Aarhus
  • Copenhagen
  • Odense

How Long Does it Take?

From our New Jersey warehouse to Copenhagen (our port of entry) ocean times range between 2-3 weeks. However from our Los Angeles or Houston warehouses, that time frame would be longer.

Tax, Duty and Important Customs Information

Your particular scenario will be based on the duration and the intent of your move to Denmark. For shorter stays, up to 185 days, it is possible to apply for a permit allowing you to drive a vehicle registered in a foreign country during the time spent. You will however be required to pay registration tax if the stay is longer.

For longer duration stays, you will either be required to pay the standard import duty and VAT for Denmark. If you are eligible and meet the requirements to be exempt from them, then you may be able to ship a car from the US to Denmark and import it duty free.

If one does have to pay the import duty and additional value added tax, then you can expect it to be a little pricy. The initial customs tax, which is standard for the EU, is 10%. However, the VAT on vehicles is slightly higher than in most countries at 25%.

This tax rate takes the worth of the vehicle, associated shipping costs and the actual import duty into consideration. So you are not just paying on the price of the automobile.

For visitors registering their car, there is a registration tax and can be paid at a SKAT registry offices located in metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Aalborg and a few others.

Lastly, there are two additional taxes to consider when shipping a car to Denmark and they apply to every car registered in the country. There is a vehicle weight tax and an owners tax.

Duty and VAT Exemption Eligibility for Imported Vehicles

  1. You have used the vehicle for a minimum of 6 months and it has done more than 6,000 kilometers.
  2. Provide foreign registration documents for the vehicle
  3. You cannot sell, rent out, or dispose of the vehicle in any way before 12 months after your arrival
  4. You must prove that you have lived outside the European Union for longer than 12 months

For more information about importing a vehicle into Denmark visit the SKAT website.

Registration

New arrivals in Denmark have six months from the time they register with their local community to register any vehicles they shipped and imported. For those registering their car, there is a registration tax.

This tax can be paid at a SKAT registry offices located in the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Aalborg and a few others. Anyone residing in Denmark for more than one year must register their vehicle.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Denmark

  1. The Danish flag is the oldest national flag in the world
  2. The average tax rate in Denmark is 49%
  3. Denmark doesn’t have a single mountain
  4. Headlights must always be on when a car is being operated
  5. Shipping pets to Denmark is only allowed at two airports

For further information on any of the above car shipping services to Denmark, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote


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