A beautiful city in South Lanarkshire in Scotland, Hamilton is located in the Lowlands. It is the main hub of administration and trade in the council area and the city is counted as the 4th largest in the country.
Hamilton is about 12 miles from Glasgow and is scenically located on the banks of River Clyde.
Irrespective of the reason of your stay in Hamilton, the fact remains that using public transportation can add up to the cost of your stay apart from limiting movement to a certain extent. Thus whether you are a returning citizen or working here in Hamilton on a work permit, you can import your personal vehicle and enjoy the freedom to traverse the city. However, the first step is to hire the services of a reliable and experienced auto shipping company such as A1 Auto Transport service. They have been in the business of international shipping of vehicles for years and can assist you through the complete process of shipping your vehicle to Hamilton.
As Scotland comes under the laws and regulations of United Kingdom, import laws don’t differ. For the import of vehicles to Hamilton and other cities in Scotland, the regulations are covered under Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989. Apart from the Individual Vehicle Approval program, all safety issues and emissions laws as applicable in EU are followed. If you need to get an idea about the variety of custom taxes to get an approximate budget on the vehicle shipment, contact A1 Auto Transport service. We are used to shipping vehicles regularly to UK and Scotland and thus understand the working of the HM Revenue and Customs.
Cost of import to Scotland.
When you import a vehicle to Scotland, the tax and tariff depend upon the size of the engine, amount of emission and other technicalities while there is additional VAT which has to be paid. However, if there is a possibility that you are eligible for tax exemptions, we’ll be glad to help. The conditions for tax-free import include meeting the following conditions:
- If you are relocating permanently ot Hamilton or any other city in Scotland/UK.
- In case you are re-importing a vehicle that was exported to U.S.
- If you only need the vehicle temporarily (for less than 6 months)
There are other specifications and regulations that have to be followed which includes that any vehicle over the age of 10 years, calculated from manufacturing year has to follow the laws laid down by the Department of Transport. Additionally, you are required to fill in the details at the Vehicle Import Pack. It is important to know that Scotland’s laws are strict and it is essential to follow all emissions laws and has to clear the relevant inspections or the vehicle will be quarantined at the port.
Documentation for import.
After the import process begins, you need to notify the HM Revenue and Customs by filling out the relevant forms. In case you are importing a left hand dive vehicle, you are required to submit the Certificate of Mutual Recognition, in addition to the European Certificate of Conformity which all import vehicle owners have to submit. For those moving here on a permanent basis, you are not required to pay VAT. However, you need to be eligible only if:
- Moving to Hamilton on a more permanent basis.
- Have been living abroad for over 12 months.
- Owning the vehicle for over six months.
- All liens and taxes need to be paid.
- Cannot sell it for 1 year.
Some of the documents that need to be submitted to the Customs department in US and in Scotland include:
- Registration certificate.
- Title deed.
- Ownership proof- passport/driving license.
- Bill of Lading.
You might like to contact the Embassy of United Kingdom for answers to your queries or to know about the specific details of the vehicle import.
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.