The third largest city, Coimbra is also a municipality in Portugal. A hub of education and trade, Coimbra is densely populated and offers a range of attractions for tourists and locals alike.
Many people like to visit and even stay and work in Coimbra and if you are planning to move to work or study here, having a vehicle can make your commuting a breeze.
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Regulations for import and registration of vehicles.
Additionally there are specific laws in Portugal that cater to import of vehicles. Even though it adheres to the EU standards of emission control, there are other aspects to consider. As a tourist you are allowed to import your vehicle for 180 days in 1 year but the vehicle has to be in your name and used only for your family. There should be valid insurance while you need to have an international driving license to drive in Coimbra and other cities in Portugal.
However, if you are a returning citizen or moving on a work visa, you will be required to get the vehicle registered after the period of 180 days. To do this, you need to have the residency permit. The vehicle that you need registered has to be inspected and modifications needed to adhere to the EU emission regulations. The vehicle has to comply with the highways standards of Portugal. These modifications will depend upon the model, make, and age of the vehicle. When you apply for the residency permit, you will need to get the local Portuguese driving license and license plates.
If you are importing a new vehicle you will need to pay VAT but if you are importing a vehicle that you own and have used, there is no Value added Tax (VAT). But if you sell it within 12 months of import, the tax will need to be paid. Some of the documents that you need while importing the vehicle include:
- Proof of ownership.
- “Certificado de Bagagem” issued by Portuguese Consulate.
- Work permit.
- Bill of Lading.
- Purchase invoice.
- Insurance on the vehicle.
- Driving license issued in USA.
Additionally, importing a vehicle becomes more complex because all of the documentation and communication needs to be done in Portuguese. Thus, it is better to hire the services of A1 Auto Transport service as they can assist you through the steps of import and will be with you through custom clearances. They will keep the communication channels open and ensure that clearances go through.
Specific to Portugal, all cars are issued a “All-in-One” card which works as license late, insurance and vehicle registration. You need to have it with you as long as you are driving the vehicle. You will need to take the assistance of the local Citizen’s Shops to get the forms filled out in Portuguese.
Just like shipping to any other country, you need to consider the methods of shipping toPortugal and that does affect the total cost of the shipping. Thus, you might need to look at your budget and requirement before you select RORO or container shipping. Container shipping is more expensive as it has extra protection for your vehicle and other goods that you are shipping within 20 feet or 40 feet freight containers. RORO is cheap as you only pay for the bay where the car is secured on the open deck. There are some limitations that you have to adhere to which includes shipping an empty car devoid of all personal belongings. You can talk with us at A1 auto Transport service to know more about transporting your vehicle to Coimbra or contact the Portuguese embassy in USA.
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.
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