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The first thing to know about moving from Finland to the UK is that if you want it to be as smooth as possible, you need to go prior to the end of 2020. Prior to January 1, 2021, your move will be governed by the sweet, simple rules among EU member countries. Come January 1st, those rules may change entirely, depending on the result of negotiations between Finland and the UK.
Is that a big deal? Do you need to be worried? Probably not. While it is very likely that there will be some minor rule changes and adjustments made after Brexit, the changes will likely be of minimal impact to consumers outside of new passport requirements. Since you are likely not going to make it before that deadline, we will talk about the UK’s general import requirements. Check with local customs for their guidance before beginning any move.
What is it you need to know about moving from Finland to the UK? Let’s get started.
If you are moving from Finland to the UK, you will have a few choices to make. You can ship your belongings over land – Europe has one of the best railway systems globally; and over the sea – the UK has multiple ports on the English Channel. You could even fly your goods directly to the UK, although this option is cost-prohibitive for many consumers.
If you decide to ship your household goods and want help from the experts, get in touch with A1 Auto Transport to get the service and support you need for a seamless move.
If you have been a resident of Finland for at least the past year and intend to move your primary personal residence to the United Kingdom, you can import your personal goods tax and duty-free.
The UK does not currently have special requirements for importing goods from other EU nations. These rules are subject to change pending Brexit negotiations. Contact your local customs officials for updated guidance.
In order to import your vehicle from Finland to the UK, you must complete certain steps. You must complete these steps as soon as you bring a vehicle into the UK permanently. Be advised that these import rules are subject to change pending the finalization of Brexit agreements between the UK and Finland. The UK’s status as part of the European Union will cease as of January 1, 2021, which is when new import rules and guidelines will come into play. Contact your local customs officials for updated guidance before you begin your move.
Importing your pets from Finland to the UK is easy – for now. More regulations may come as Brexit is finalized. Reach out to your local UK embassy for the most current guidance.
The specific requirements for a tax-free import are as follows:
Brexit, schmexit. forget about it. At A1 Auto Transport we have a team of international shipping experts whose job it is to keep track of changes in import rules. That means that you don’t have to worry about tracking complex changes, no matter what happens with Brexit. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation shipping quote. We can take all this mess off your plate so you can focus on getting your family and pets to their new home without a hitch.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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