Moving to Austin, Texas from the UK
Moving from the UK to Austin, Texas? Austin, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Home to the famed SXSW music festival, Austin offers an incredible combination of food, music and culture.
As you prepare to move from the UK to Austin, you will have a lot of decisions to make. You may not need to learn a new language, but there are some things you will need to know to meet the legal requirements to bring your belongings with you. What should you bring with you? How can you import a vehicle and household goods into the country?
The purpose of this guide is to help make importing your goods from the UK to Austin, Texas a smooth and easy process.
Keep in mind that vehicles in the UK are built differently, and your vehicle will likely need modifications to comply with US safety standards.
Here’s what you need to know:
Importing a Vehicle into the US
When importing a vehicle into the US, there are two major considerations: emission standards and vehicle safety.
Emission standards are set by the Environmental Protection Agency. If a car is imported into the US, it must be certified by the EPA to comply with their emission standards. Since most vehicles produced outside of the US are not automatically certified, imported vehicles must be inspected for compliance and repaired or modified as deemed necessary.
Your vehicle will also be subject to a safety inspection that looks at basic components of the vehicle, checking that seat belts, wipers, head lights and other necessary safety measures are installed and functional. This inspection will determine if the vehicle is ready to be driven in the US, or if additional repairs or upgrades are needed.
Any vehicle imported into the U.S. must have a clean title with no liens. You will need to pay a duty, which is generally around 2.5% of the value of the vehicle, though there are some exceptions. More on that later.
Importing Household Goods into the US
For the delivery of your vehicle or household goods, there are several transport methods you can choose from. Goods can be transported by ground, sea, or air, but most household imports moving overseas are transported by ship. Although enclosed shipping methods are recommended to those moving overseas, open air methods are still available. Depending on your needs, this may be a more economical option. Both methods are considered safe and are protected by insurance coverage.
You will need to declare and pay customs duty on goods you move into the US from other countries. Some countries are exempt from this requirement due to international trade agreements, so make sure to research current regulations. Goods valued below $800 are not subject to customs duty.
Want a Stress-free Way to Import Your Belongings? Hire A Shipping Company
At A-1 Auto Transport, we understand how overwhelming it can be to handle the complex requirements for shipping your belongings overseas. We have a top-notch team of international shipping experts ready to make your import or export easy and painless.
If you’re planning to ship a vehicle or household goods from the UK to Austin, look no further than A-1 Auto Transport. Complete the form at the top of this page to receive a free overseas shipping quote. You can also get in contact with our international shipping specialists or give us a call. We’ll walk you through your options for overseas vehicle transport and assist you with all the paperwork, helping you achieve a carefree moving experience.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.