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Moving from Finland to the UK
Moving from Finland to the UK

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.

How Can I Import Personal Items to the UK? 

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.

How Do I Import Personal Items to the UK?

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.

How do I import a vehicle to the UK?

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. 

  1. HM Revenue and Customs: Within two weeks of your vehicle’s arrival in the UK, you must contact Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). You can use the Notification of Vehicle Arrivals (NOVA) service to report the arrival of your vehicle.
  2. VAT and Duty: If HMRC advises you to do so, you must pay VAT. The Value-Added Tax (VAT) is calculated based on the value of the vehicle. As of this writing, duty is only paid for vehicles that are imported from countries outside of the EU.
  3. Vehicle Approval: Your vehicle will need to be evaluated according to safety and environmental standards. Get vehicle approval to show your vehicle meets safety and environmental standards. Finnish residents will need to register using the Individual Vehicle Approval scheme unless their vehicle has previously been registered in the UK. In that case, they will need to register using a Voluntary Individual Vehicle Approval scheme.
  4. Tax and Registration: Contact the DVLA to pay taxes and get your vehicle registered. It is here that you will be issued a plate for your vehicle.
  5. Insurance: You will need to purchase motor vehicle insurance coverage for your vehicle before you are permitted to drive it on UK roads.

What About my Pets? 

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. 

Do I have to pay taxes when importing a vehicle to the UK?

The specific requirements for a tax-free import are as follows:

  • You have been a resident of Finland for no less than 12 months
  • The vehicle has been fully paid for, including taxes. You will be required to provide proof of this.
  • The vehicle was owned in Finland for at least 6 months prior to transferring your residency to the UK.

Help is Never More Than a Call or Click Away

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. 

 

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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. 

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