Ship Your Car To Or From Bialystok, Poland
Bialystok is a city located in the northeastern parts of Poland. It is by far the largest one and is the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. It is located in the uplands of the Podlaskie Plain on the banks of the River Biata. If you’ve decided to come here for work, study or on an extended trip, it’s best if you commute in and around Bialystok in your own personal vehicle.
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As Poland is part of the EU, there are stringent laws regarding import of vehicles. You would have to pay the required import fee, adhere to the regulations and fill out the paperwork and you can freely enjoy everything in return. The weather conditions in the country are a prominent factor which is going to affect your overall shipping decision. Summer is comparatively mild and it’s the best time for the shipping. When you work with A1 Auto Transport, we take care of all the legalities of the move, as we have been shipping vehicles to countries in EU for over 25 years.
You will have the options to choose one of the two available shipping methods – RORO and container shipping. If you decide to go with container shipping, a crane is going to place your car within a 20ft or 40ft container and then seal it. You will also be capable of keeping household goods as well as other personal belongings inside the container. This is the costlier option but more secure and safe.
If you are on a tighter budget, RORO is the option that you want to go for. You will have to drive your vehicle on a freight ship on the shipping deck where it’s going to get fastened and secured. This is a convenient option, if you don’t have any belongings to ship. It is important that as it will be parked on the deck with other vehicles, you should not mind your vehicle being exposed to the elements throughout the entire time of the shipping.
Paperwork For Custom Clearances
The legalities implemented by Polish Customs Authority include the entry of your car in the city only after submission of different documents as well as their verification. You are going to need the Bill of Lading, passport of the owner, title deed of the vehicle, driving license, work or resident permit, purchase invoice and other validating documents. You have to clear the taxes which are the same all over EU. If you are a returning citizen or a diplomat you are allowed to import tax free. However, if you are not, you need to pay 10% import duty as well as 23% VAT. The border tax, on the other hand, will vary based on the capacity of your engine.
Staying in the Country
If you are relocating to Bialystok, you need to register and pay the requisite taxes on your vehicle properly. Additionally, you need to inform the DVLA that you are going to move so that they get you’re a certificate of export. As per the Polish law, you are required to declare the vehicle import 24 hours after arriving in Poland. You need to pay the import fees or apply for tax exemptions, if you are entitled to it. After the vehicle delivery is confirmed, you can apply for Polish registration plates. To get the latest on the import laws, you might want to get in touch with the Embassy of Republic of Poland.
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.