One of the larger cities of Finland, Joensuu is located in North Karelia and is often referred to as ‘Forest Capital of Europe’ because the European Forest Institute is located here. Several other forestry research and further forestry education take place in Joensuu as well.
If you are coming to Joensuu, Finland to extend your education in forestry or to go to work, you may want to bring your vehicle with you as well. Because Finland is located near the Baltic Sea, importing your vehicle will be easier due to the abundant ports that you have to choose from.
Finland's economy thrives with the help of these ports. Before you get started with the importing process, you may want to consider hiring an international shipping service, like A1 Auto Transport service so they can handle all communications and ensure that the process is complete for you. A1 Auto Transport Service has over twenty years of service in this business so they know the requirements for importing to Finland as well as the duty tax rate that you will need to pay.
Tariff and taxes.
There are also CO2 emissions, the age of the vehicle, and mileage restrictions that you may not be aware of but A1 Auto Transport Service knows. There will be a minimum tax rate to pay of 5% but it could be more depending on several factors. The maximum you will pay is 50%. The duty rate for importing to Finland is 10% and the import VAT is currently 24%. There are many factors that must be considered when importing your vehicle to Finland.
Methods of Shipping to Finland.
Before you begin the importing process, you will need to make sure that both the port in the United States and the port you choose in Finland accept the Roll On/Roll-Off method. A1 Auto Transport Service will also offer another option to you; whether you want to drive your vehicle directly to the port your vehicle will be exiting at or if you want door-to-port transportation instead.
One choice your shipping agent will discuss with you is how you want to ship your vehicle over to Finland. There are two common options to choose from; the Roll On/ Roll Off method and container shipping.
The Roll On/ Roll Off method involves your vehicle being driven onto the deck of the ship and the secured in an open deck for the transport. Once it reaches the port in Finland, it will be driven off the deck of the ship for the further custom procedure.
The container shipping method is another choice for you. With this shipping method, your vehicle will be placed inside the container, either a 20 foot or 40 foot container, and then a crane will lift it onto the ship and secure it before the ship leaves port. Once the ship arrives in the port in Finland, the container is unloaded using a crane. This method costs more than the Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method however it does offer better protection.
Preparing your Vehicle for Importing to Finland.
You will need to provide the following for importing to Finland:
- Your driver's license and passport.
- An extra set of keys to your vehicle.
- Insurance documents and if needed, Finnish insurance.
- Title to the vehicle.
- Bill of Lading.
- Documentation giving you permission to export the vehicle over to Finland, if your vehicle has a lien against it.
- No air conditioning gas.
- Vehicle must be winterized.
- Nothing of value can be left inside the car.
On rare occasions, you can import your vehicle to Helsinki without paying any customs duties. You must be a VIP or a diplomat. You will only be allowed to import one vehicle and you must have owned your vehicle for a minimum of six months. The value of the vehicle will play a role in the decision to waive the customs duties. The vehicle you import will be required to follow the emissions standards set by the United States as well as Europe. If your vehicle doesn't meet these standards, you will then need to pay to have modifications done to the vehicle in order to clear both customs.
When you work with an experienced transportation team like A1 Auto Transport Service, you get the experience needed to successfully import the vehicle for you and reduce the amount of time it takes to import. You can learn more about regulations of importing to Finland by contacting the Embassy of Finland located in the United States.
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.