Ship Your Car To Or From England
England is part of United Kingdom but is an independent country and shares its borders with Wales and Scotland. While it has the Irish Sea towards the north and on the southwest lays the Celtic Sea. Though it is a part of Europe, it is separated by the mainland through the English Channel and North Sea. England covers fifth-eighth of the United Kingdom and includes the Isles of Wight and Isle of Scilly apart from over a hundred smaller islands.
Moving Car to England
If you plan to bring your vehicle over from the United States to the England, there are a few important notes that you should be made aware of. An import will run between $2,300 and $4,800 depending on what size your vehicle is and what options you choose for importing. When you import your vehicle to the England, you will enjoy the simplicity of this process when you have a company like A1 Auto Transport Service working on your side.
Before you begin the process of importing a vehicle, you will need to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations that are associated with importing to this country. You will first need to determine whether you are moving to England for a temporary job or visit or do you plan to make this trip permanent.
Importing a vehicle is not a difficult or even intimidating process. It is important to hire a reputable company like A1 Auto Transport Service to assist you in your importing process. When shipping to the England, unlike shipping to other countries, you do not have any language barriers to prevent your import from going through.
Taxes and Regulations Governing Import
When importing, you will need to pay all fees associated with importing including the VAT which is based on the value of your vehicle. There are specific regulations that are mandatory such as vehicle adherence to Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 apart from ensuring that the vehicle meets ass safety and emission requirements. You may get more information about it at the Individual Vehicle Approval Scheme.
If your vehicle is a classic that was built before 1950, you will not be charged any duty and the VAT is only 5%. If you are shipping a truck into the country or a commercial vehicle, you will be charged 22% duty as well as the VAT of 20% that is standard. If your vehicle will be in the UK for less than six months, you will need to fill out and submit form C110 which will make you exempt of those fees. Additionally, you will need to submit import document C104A. If you intend importing a car to England that is over thirty years old, you might need to get more information at the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). You may not need to pay any taxes or maximum of 5% VAT, if there are no modifications done to the chassis and engine of the vehicle. If you are importing a commercial vehicle, the taxes are about 22% with an additional 20% VAT.
Verified and Validated Import Documents
However, you will be required to submit the documents to the U.S. Customs at the exit port and to the customs in United Kingdom. You will need to submit the necessary paperwork in order to finalize your request to import. You will need:
- Bill of Lading
- Proof of ownership
- Registration card
- Form C104A
All duties will need to be paid as soon as your vehicle enters the country. You will also need to pay Value Added Tax then as well. Be sure and ask about exemptions so you will know if you qualify before your vehicle makes it to the new country. You can check with the United Kingdom Embassy to determine more about the rules and regulations regarding shipment to the England.
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.