Importing cars to European countries is a tiresome process, especially if you are a non European. The decision of shipping your car must be made after careful consideration. It is a general fact that shipping old cars is cheaper than buying a new car. However, you should understand that cars must comply with European standards to import your car to Sweden. Further, if you don’t qualify for duty free import, you have to pay import duties plus VAT. The total vehicle transport price to Sweden may become expensive if you have to pay all the taxes and convert your car to meet with European standards. Hence, it is better to import a car to Sweden if it is a part of your household and you can’t live without your expensive car.
For one year, you can drive the car with foreign license plates. After that, you have to pay around 2, 500 SEK to get Sweden license plates. EU country citizens and citizens of Japan and Switzerland can simply exchange their license without paying any free. Annual road tax must be paid by all vehicles and this is determined by the weight of the car. You need to purchase liability insurance and traffic insurance to drive cars in Sweden.
Your vehicle transport price to Sweden will be greatly reduced if you qualify to import your car duty free. If your car is at least a year old and you agree not to sell the car for the next 12 months, then you may qualify for tax free import. You have to move to Sweden and shipping your car to Sweden should be in conjunction with your permanent move. You should have valid proof to show that you will stay in Sweden for more than 3 months in Sweden to take advantage of duty free import. You should agree to use your car only for personal reasons and you shouldn’t have imported any other car duty free in the recent three years. If you meet all of the above said conditions, you will be exempted from import tax and VAT.
If you don’t qualify for duty free import, you should pay 10% customs duty along with shipping fee to the tax authorities of Sweden. A 25% VAT must also be paid. Scrap tax may be collected depending on the condition of the car. Totally, you may have to pay $1000 to $2000 for importing your car to Sweden. Some people intend to ship their cars on their own after doing all the paperwork by themselves to save money. You will definitely save a few hundreds by shipping on your own, but you should be aware of the rules and guidelines and be prepared to face crisis on your own.
Using RO/RO service, you can save cost while safely shipping your car to Sweden. Container shipping is expensive and shouldn’t be chosen if your car is not very expensive. Always buy marine insurance for your car and don’t attempt to save vehicle transport price to Sweden by cutting down insurance cost.