Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe but is not considered a member of the EU. Ukraine’s current President is working on a deal to admit Ukraine into the EU as a full member. Currently, trade relations between the UK and EU are governed by the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. To complicate matters further, the UK is in the process of leaving the EU, making all of the existing agreements subject to change.
What does that mean for you as you seek to import goods from the UK to Ukraine? It means that the regulatory environment governing imports is in flux and will be until trade negotiations between these two countries are completed. Contact your local customs officials for guidance.
For now, let’s talk about the existing rules governing imports from the UK to Ukraine.
What do I need to know to move my household goods to Ukraine?
There are two sets of rules governing the import of personal household goods to Ukraine. These rules are based on the relationship of the importer to Ukraine. Specifically, diplomatic officials moving to Ukraine have different requirements. This guide is going to focus on the rules for non-diplomats.
For most people, moving to Ukraine will require the payment of taxes and duties on your household goods. You will also need to provide a lot of complicated paperwork, but don’t stress. There are professionals available to help you, but more on that later.
Here is the paperwork you will need to provide to import your household goods to Ukraine successfully:
- Copy of your passport
- Valid visa for entering Ukraine
- Pro forma invoice
- Packing list (as detailed as you can, with brand names, dimensions, etc.)
- A separate list for items with cultural value (you should have two copies with photographs)
- Ukrainian registration tax code
- Notarized letter permitting customs official to clear items
- Immigration stamp
- T6 Form or customs declaration
- Work permit
- Documents for valuable antiques, furniture, etc.
Before you ship
It is really important for you to contact a representative at the Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S. prior to shipping your goods. Failure to do so could lead to unwelcome surprises during the customs clearance process, costing you time and money.
Can I move my private vehicle to Ukraine?
There are also two sets of rules governing the import of personal vehicles into Ukraine. Foreign diplomats have different rules for imports in many countries. Maybe you are a diplomat. Most likely you are not. Again, let’s focus on rules for non-diplomats.
For non-diplomats, importing a vehicle to Ukraine will very likely require paying taxes and duties. First of all, only cars manufactured in the past five years are eligible for import. You will need to be able to show that you have been the owner of the vehicle for at least six months prior to your move. If this requirement is not met, full taxes and duties will be assessed.
Either way you enter the country, you will need to provide documentation for your vehicle. You will need to provide:
- Current vehicle registration
- International driver’s license
- Details of the vehicle being imported
- Clear title/bill of sale for vehicle
- Proof of employment in Ukraine
Get the help you need
Importing goods to Ukraine requires a lot of paperwork and coordination, but you don’t have to do it alone. At A1 Auto Transport, our team of international shipping experts are standing by to help you move without stress. We can help you with paperwork, transport, customs declarations, and every detail along the way. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.
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.