Amadora is known as an urbanized city as well as a municipality which has its location at the northwest part of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. Despite being a residential town, Amadora has a lot of headquarters of highly regarded international companies operating in Portugal as well as it is a commercial zone and has a variety of industries.
You are permitted to bring in a vehicle in the country and you can drive it in Portugal for as long as 180 days in one particular calendar year if the vehicle is your property and no one else from your family has imported a vehicle. You must have a valid driver’s license and an actual insurance policy originating from your country.
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Importing a car.
You should be aware that you’d have to register your car after 180 days if you intend to relocate to Portugal. However, in order to do so, you’d also have to apply for a permit of residence. The car must be inspected in order to be brought in adherence with the highway standards of Portugal. This could be done in any inspection center in the country which is dully certified and authorized and it’s usually going to vary based on the make, age and model of the car. There are different rules for collectible cars and for classic ones but if your car adheres to the standards set forth by the EU, it’s going to pass the inspection.
You are also going to give up your foreign driver’s license and apply for a local one. You’d have to pay VAT only if you are importing a new car. You’d be subjected to paying VAT if you sell the car within one year of the import. You can also ship one duty-free vehicle every five years.
Registration and Documents.
All vehicles in Portugal have that All-in-One card which is going to serve as your registration, license plate and your log book. The card has to be in the car during all times. Once you get it, you’d also need to change your license plates by registering your car in any appropriate civil office. However, all of the documentation is in Portuguese and you might want to use the help of the Citizen’s Shops which are helpful personnel. This is made by the government of Portugal in order to help foreign citizens open different utility accounts or apply for ID cards. It’s a good idea, however, to get some help as all of the documentation is in Portuguese.
Different Shipping Methods.
You can export the car to Portugal directly or to another country and drive it to Portugal yourself. The most effective shipping method is called Roll On/Roll Off or RO/RO where your car is driven and tightly secured on a shipping deck. You can’t leave anything in the car as it has to be perfectly empty. The other possible way for you to go with is container shipping. It’s a little more expensive but it also provides you with great value.
To get the current updates on the import regulations, call in the Embassy of Portugal today.
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