Shipping A Car To Austria
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Having a car shipped to Austria usually costs from $2,500 to $4,500 (from the United States). Only a portion of that falls under actual shipping costs since there are also marine insurance, duties, and import taxes involved.
- It’s important to note that vehicles imports are taxed based on their assessed value in Australia, so luxury cars are will have a higher duty.
When importing a car into Austria, there are a few guidelines that will need to be followed in order to ensure the legality and safety of the vehicle. It is necessary to look at the laws and regulations in place for importing vehicles for personal use.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Austria
- Proof of insurance
- Valid passport
- Purchase invoice
- Exit certificate
- Local registration documents
Within the European Union
When importing/exporting a car into Austria from another country associated with the European Union, you will not have to pay duties on that vehicle because the European Union acts as a customs community. You will need to purchase transfer license plates and a short-term insurance policy for the duration of your stay in Austria.
If you plan to live there permanently, you will need to comply with Austrian licensing laws. You will also need to produce the following documents:
- Proof of ownership and the bill of sale for your vehicle.
- All registration fees and the NOVA tax.
- A Certificate of Conformity that ensures the safety of the vehicle.
Outside the European Union
Austrian import/export regulations of vehicles from countries not affiliated with the EU are a little bit different. You will still need to produce documentation such as a proof of value for the car, a T1 consignment note, an import declaration, and in some cases, a proof of preferential origin to get a discounted customs rate.
However, in addition to the documents, you will also have to pay a duty in order to import it into Austria. A 10% duty on the value of the car, a 20% import turnover tax, and the standard consumption tax (NOVA) are all payable at the time of importation.
Note: For European countries not associated with the EU, the 10% value duty can be waived if preferential origin can be proven.
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Specifics for Importing from the United States
In addition to the non-EU regulations, there are importation rules that are specific to the United States. For instance, before the car can be imported into Austria from the U.S., it will need to be converted to Austrian specifications. This process can be expensive and time-consuming. Austria has certain regulations for emissions, noise, lights, and other parts to the car that will need to be changed before moving the car from the U.S.
An additional road tax will also be administered depending on the amount of horsepower used by the vehicle. If it is less than 24 horsepower, though, the tax is exempt.
For more information regarding moving from the U.S. to Austria, please visit the Austrian Embassy website.
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