The Finnish municipality and city, Kuopio is situated in Northern Savonia and the large Lake Kallavesi, surrounds the city such that some parts of the city are located on small islands. If you are relocating from USA to study or to work, it would be perfect to import your vehicle for traversing the city and larger municipality.
Most people consider it extremely difficult to ship their vehicle overseas, but the fact is that it is cheaper to ship it using A1 Auto Transport than buying a new vehicle here.
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Taxes and exemptions.
Although international relocation of vehicles from USA need to comply with import laws of Finland, you need to be aware of the fact that there are tax exemptions available. Although diplomats and non-profit government organizations enjoy the privilege, chances are high that if you have owned and used the vehicle for at least 6 month in USA and it is worth less than $34,000, you might be eligible to import it tax-free. However, there are other pre-requisites so it is best to discuss the details with one of our business representatives at A1 Auto Transport.
Additionally, it is important that your vehicle needs to comply with the European Emission Standards or with the U.S vehicle exhaust laws. In case your vehicle doesn’t meet the standards, you will need to get the modifications done so that importing it in Finland is possible. The import duty is 50% to 60% of the calculated costs, based on the cost of shipping, insurance on the vehicle and the evaluation of the current resale price of the vehicle.
In case you have been able to import your vehicle to Kuopio under the tax exemption clause, then only you can drive the vehicle and are not allowed, as per law, to sell it for the next two years from the date of import. In case, you do sell the vehicle for any reason, you will need to pay the complete duty on the vehicle to the Customs Authority of Finland. It is essential that to validate the vehicle import by completing the documentation. This includes submission of the below mentioned documents to the customs department in USA and at Finland. Some of these are:
- Proof of owner-passport and driving license.
- Receipt of payment of the vehicle.
- Vehicle title deed and registration documents.
- Ocean Bill of Lading.
- Auto insurance policy valid in Finland.
Freight shipping options for vehicle transit.
Although you have a specified budget, it helps to know about the options you have. The cheapest method that is used by most people to ship a vehicle is RORO or Roll-on/Roll-Off. Here you can only send an empty vehicle, devoid of all personal possessions and needs to be steam cleaned before shipping. The vehicle will be driven aboard the ship and parked in the designated space.
While in container shipping, the added protection of securing your vehicle within a sealed container translates as higher cost, but peace of mind knowing that the vehicle and goods are safe. You are allowed to put your personal items alongside, making it easy to make the move. There might be doubts or questions that you need clarified before you ship your vehicle, so call in our company or contact the Embassy of Finland.
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.