Greece is the home of rich Hellenic culture, compelling mythology, and the splendor of the Mediterranean Sea. The country has a historically close relationship with current and former EU members such as the UK. Greece is popular among expats in the EU, particularly for those who are remote workers. Part of the reason is that the cost of living is estimated to be 30% less than in other countries in Europe.
Finding work in Greece is a little more complicated than it may be in other countries, partly because Greece does not have many multinational companies. For this reason, fluency in the Greek language is critical if you want to work in country for a Greek employer. If you are a remote worker or retired, that problem is solved.
If you are moving from the UK to Greece, you may want to bring your vehicle or personal goods with you. How can you import a vehicle into the country? Is there a duty on household goods? When it comes to importing your belongings to Greece, there are several factors to consider. This guide will give you the basics of what you need to import your personal belongings or vehicle to Greece.
Until the outstanding questions raised by Brexit are answered, you must carefully monitor the regulatory environment. Contact your local customs officials to get the most current guidance, or, even better, work with a professional.
Here’s what you need to know:
How do I Import Personal Items to Greece?
Greece is a full member of the EU, and even though the UK is renegotiating this relationship, pre-Brexit rules still apply. As such, most of your household goods can be imported into Greece without paying customs, as long as you pay VAT on those goods. All you will need is a valid passport, a detailed inventory of your goods, and a complete customs declaration form. To enter Greece you will simply need a valid passport, an inventory, and a customs declaration form.
How Do I Import a Vehicle to Greece?
You might be surprised to hear that importing a vehicle from America to Greece is less expensive that shipping to other countries. If you decide to go it alone, you will need to submit paperwork to import your vehicle, including:
- Custom Clearance Statement – This declaration must be made by the 15th of the month following the arrival of your vehicle in Greece.
- Import Duty
- VAT (Value-Added Tax)
- Registration Tax (calculated based on the value of the vehicle)
Want a Convenient Way to Import Your Belongings?
At A-1 Auto Transport, we understand the complex regulations governing international imports. These regulations can be overwhelming for people who don’t specialize in this area. A-1 Auto Transport has an experienced team of international shipping experts ready to make your import or export easy and painless. This will save you time so you can focus on what’s important, like brushing up on your Greek language skills.
If you’re planning to ship a vehicle or household goods from the UK to Greece, 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. Our dedicated team of experts will 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.