Geographically, South Africa and Austria are very different. Austria is a landlocked nation with cold winters, and South Africa borders the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans and has a temperate climate. German is the most common language in Austria, with English a helpful second language understood by most in the country.
Moving overseas to Austria from South Africa can be a big change, but it doesn’t have to be a complicated move. Residents of Austria enjoy a high quality of life. The country boasts affordable childcare, education, and easy access to transportation that takes passengers throughout Europe.
Can you import your belongings into the country? Is it even affordable?
When it comes to importing your personal goods to Austria, there are several factors to consider. This guide will help you decide what to move and how, making your transition a smooth and easy process.
What are the requirements to import household goods to Austria?
As a member of the European Union, Austria has two different sets of rules for importing: rules for EU member countries and rules for non-EU member countries. South Africa is a non-EU member country. Here is what you need to know to import your goods from South Africa to Austria:
Most of your household goods will not be subject to import duties or taxes, provided you can provide the appropriate documentation and import your goods within 12 months of your relocation to the country. There are some exceptions to this rule, including alcohol and tobacco, for which you must pay to import more than a personal amount.
- Form ZBefr 2E – this form is a declaration that you are moving from a non-EU country to Austria.
- Evidence proving that you are moving your residence in Austria and that you have been outside the EU for at least the past 12 months.
- Proof of ownership for your household goods showing that you have owned and used them for at least the past six months.
- Assurance that the household goods will be used for the same purpose in Austria. (as opposed to using these items for business purposes)
What are the requirements to import a vehicle?
If you wish to bring your vehicle with you to Austria, it is best to bring it with you. If you decide to import your vehicle later, you will be subject to a 10% duty assessed on the car’s value and a 20% import turnover tax. You will also need to pay the standard consumption tax, referred to as NOVA.
You will need to show proof of ownership, which can be demonstrated by presenting a clear title, purchase invoice, or bill of sale. You will also need to be able to show that you have been using the vehicle and intend to continue doing so in Austria.
Customs clearance can be complex and there are exemptions for which you may be eligible. For this reason, you should always contact customs to receive up to date guidance before you even begin the process.
The Easiest Way to Import Your Vehicle? Hire A Shipping Company
Austria has complex rules and regulations for imports but you don’t have to go it alone. At A-1 Auto Transport, we understand how overwhelming it can be to handle the complex requirements for shipping a vehicle or belonging overseas. A-1 Auto Transport has an experienced team of international shipping experts ready to make your import or export easy and painless.
If you’re planning to ship a vehicle from South Africa to Austria, 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.