The second largest city in Hungary, Debrecen, is the most important cultural and educational centers of the country. Irrespective of whether you are moving to the city for personal or professional reasons, the fact is that you will need to have a personal vehicle for faster commuting. However, if you intend shipping your vehicle here, it would help to have the valid Hungarian Residence Permit. This allows form and documents processing to be faster and easier as they go through the different channels. As per environment rules, your US-made vehicle might have to undergo modifications before it is allowed to ply on the roads in Debrecen.
When you want to start the process, work with an experienced transport service that specializes in international shipping like A1 Auto Transport Company. We can help you mitigate all the issues that you might encounter while adhering to the Hungarian rules and regulations. Not only do we help with you with the documentation but ensure that you understand the process completely especially helping you clear the customs in Hungary. As Hungary is a landlocked country, the ports in Croatia are used for freight shipping. And we will make the arrangements for your vehicle to come to Debrecen.
Key considerations of importing in Hungary.
Importing to Debrecen, Hungary is little different than importing to any country. If the vehicle has a catalytic converter then you are eligible for duty free import of your vehicle only if you have a valid Hungarian Residence Permit. Thus, it is only possible if you are staying in the city on a long term basis. Additionally, it is better that the vehicle that you are importing is less than 4 years old as any vehicle older than that has to undergo tests which is billed to you. Thus, you can factor in the cost if you are importing an older vehicle. You might be asked to get the technical modifications on the vehicle so that it can clear the tests. After the custom clearances are completed, you will get a Hungarian Registration number and now you can drive through all the countries in EU.
For a successful and smooth clearance, you will need to submit the documents such as:
- Signed value declaration.
- Original bill of purchase.
- Bill of Lading.
- Proof of ownership- driving license, passport.
- Residence/work permit.
- Original title deed.
- Liability insurance and bank guarantee.
- Hungarian Power of Attorney.
These are some documents that are specific to the Hungarian requirements and that is one of the reasons that you need the assistance of A1 Auto Transport to assist you with getting the documents. They will need to file the intentions to export with US Customs and Border Protection and the shipping company will handle the details. On either the ports, identifications documents and authorized Power Of Attorney has to be provided, depending upon if the owner is present or not.
You will need to choose between RORO and container shipping and that would directly affect the cost. Thus, it is best to discuss the details of the transportation with A1 Auto Transport Company. To know more about the import restrictions and eligibility, browse further at Embassy of Hungary.
In order to ship your vehicle to Hungary, make sure to follow all of the guidelines. This means gathering all of the appropriate documents and also using an experience international shipping company. The process will take some effort, but will ultimately be worth it once you are motoring down the highways and byways of Europe. The best option would be to import a newer car that is three years old or less, but even an older car can still work as long as it passes the environmental inspection.
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.