The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is situated on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the region of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the major seaports located in the center of Dubrovnik- Neretva County.
Those who want to move to Dubrovnik from USA may want to bring their own vehicles with them when they go. The prices for importing a vehicle from the US is now lower than what it once way so now is a great time to import. There are a few rules and regulations that must be followed when importing. You will also be responsible for any fees and duties accumulated during the importing process. You need A1 Auto Transport Service helping you with the importing process. With over two decades of customer service and importing all around the world, they know the Croatian laws and how to abide by them.
When deciding on a sea port to import your vehicle to, you will find that Croatia has several to choose from; Port of Split, Port of Bakar, and Port of Dubrovnik. You will have two options to choose from when importing; Roll On/ Roll Off or container shipping. When you choose freight shipping to Croatia, you will find that the transit time is less than a week due to the fact the ships are sailing from Croatia to the USA all the time. Importing a vehicle is fairly hassle free and the duty is only 8% on Non- EU vehicles, however, there are other taxes and levies due at some point before your vehicle is transported. If you plan to stay longer than three months, you will need to register your vehicle.
Documents Needed to Import.
If you want to ensure a smooth importing transaction, you will need to gather up some important documents that will be used to verify all your information. The list of documents and your request to import will need to be submitted to the Croatia Customs Department of before arriving. You will need to submit the documents to the port in the United States that you will be exiting from as well. Documents you will need are:
- Invoice of purchase.
- Title to the vehicle.
- Bill of Lading.
- Submission of the Homologation form for the E25 Certificate.
- Notary authorized sales contract.
In order to make sure that the vehicle that was made in the United States meets all the safety and environmental rules and regulations of the European Union, the vehicle will need to be modified. The Homologation certificate states that. Croatia does not have the facilities to modify vehicles so this will need to be done in the United States, Spain, or Germany before the importing can take place. A1 Auto Transport service can help you with this if your vehicle needs to be modified.
Preparing your vehicle.
Before your vehicle can be shipped, you will need to do a few things to prepare it, such as:
- Clean the vehicle out in order to avoid being quarantined.
- Fill the gas tank up to one-fourth of a tank.
- Look at your vehicle and note any dents you see. Have a verified signature of a shipping agent that verified all of these dents before your import.
- Obtain insurance.
- Remove any personal belongings.
Customs Duties to Be Paid .
Once your vehicle is ready to import to Croatia, you will need to pay a duty that is based on the value of your vehicle. You will need to obtain plates and register your vehicle as well if you are there for more than three months.
Options for shipping
Importing can have some good weeks and bad weeks so it's important to take factors such as weather, cost of shipping, the timelines for delivery, and other important expenses into consideration. A1 Auto Transport Service will be able to give you the quotes you need. Here are your shipping options:
Roll On/ Roll Off shipping is the most requested form of shipping, mainly because of its affordable pricing. With this method, the vehicle is loaded onto the deck of a ship by means of driving it on and then secured for the trip. There are a few drawbacks to mention, such as a longer shipping time as well as the inconsistent arrival times in Croatia.
Container shipping is a method that is also available to Croatia. With this method, you have a secured container that is either 20 foot or 40 foot in size to protect your vehicle. You can add personal/household items inside with your car before the container is sealed. However, this is the most expensive way to ship your vehicle to Croatia.
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.