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A city and county in United Kingdom, Bristol is located in Southern England. The city shares its borders Gloucestershire and Somerset counties. If you are moving here, there is a lot to consider. You may be in Bristol on work or intend to stay here on a long term basis, but commuting on public transport can be limiting.

That is why it is essential that you import your vehicle from USA as it is not a complex process. With no language barriers and seamlessly functioning laws, you only have to follow the procedures to import your vehicle here.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Laws pertaining to auto import.

It is important that the vehicle meets the eligibility criteria as enumerated in the two laws formulated in 1986 and 1989. These are:

Additionally, there are strict regulations pertaining to emissions and safety standards and you can know more about it in the Individual Vehicle Approval scheme. Though there are plenty of taxes and duties that have to be cleared, you are allowed to import a vehicle tax free, if you meet certain conditions. These include if you are moving to a city in United Kingdom permanently or are again importing a vehicle which was exported from UK a couple of years ago. Additionally, temporary imports which are for a period of less than six months do not require you to pay the taxes and VAT as the vehicle will go back.

But if you don’t qualify for these, then it is essential to pay all the duties and liabilities associated with the import. It is good to talk to A1 Auto Transport service to know more about the associated procedures and taxes. To start with, “Notification of Vehicle Arrivals” form has to be completed and submitted to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). They have to be notified about new auto imports and keep a track of them. Based on the cost of the vehicle, insurance and the freight charges, the taxes and VAT is fixed. In case your vehicle is over 10 years old, then there are some restrictions. You will need to contact Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to get the details.

Additionally, you are required to submit a host of documents before the vehicle leaves the U.S port and enters the United Kingdom port. These are for verification and validation of the vehicle, and include:

  • Title deed and registration.
  • Safety and emission certificates.
  • Bill of Lading.
  • Insurance documents.
  • Details on the vehicle- VIN, make, year, model, chassis number.
  • Passport and license of the vehicle owner.

In addition to submitting the documents, you will need to take into account the cost and way of shipping your vehicle. Most people who are just sending the vehicle prefer RORO as it is cheap and takes the same amount of time as container shipping. Thus, if you only have to import the vehicle, this is a good option. Your vehicle is driven on the ship, secured in the parking bay and then driven off at Port of Bristol. Another option is when you are moving you household things along with the vehicle. Then container shipping works out to be the best option.

Contact the Embassy of United Kingdom in USA to get further information about auto imports.

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Joe Webster

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.

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