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Ship Car To Plovdiv

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and it is the administrative center of the Maritza and Rodopi Municipalities. It is an important educational, cultural and economic center and is why there are numerous expatriates that call it their second home. However, to commute with ease, having your own vehicle helps especially, if you are moving here on a long term basis.

Although EU has stringent laws for emission checks and other requirements, you might need to get your US-made vehicle modified before it can be shipped. At A1 Auto Transport service, we can help you with all the procedures of shipping to Plovdiv.


A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.


Shipping a vehicle into Bulgaria.

The country is part of the European Union and as a result the same rules apply as for other EU countries. You are going to have to get a Bulgaria Customs And Excise Department clearance pursuant to all regulations. You would also have to pay the Value Added Tax, insurance. You would have to apply for a verification of the origin, get a vehicle inspection and test the roadworthiness. You would also have to register the vehicle. Even though the import process is relatively the same in all EU countries, there are some specific regulations particular for Bulgaria.

Customs and excise levies.

The customs department requires that all vehicles are imported in to the country to be declared on a temporary import basis. Additionally, you must pay a “guarantee” for his vehicle in order for it to get past the Customs. The amount of the guarantee varies depending on the year, model, year of registration, model, BHP or kW of the engine and many more. Additionally, it is important to know that you would have to renew the temporary import, if the car stays in the country for more than a year.

Documentation.

Similarly to other EU countries, Bulgaria is requiring certain paperwork prior to allowing the import process. These documents include:

  • Registration proof.
  • Ownership proof.
  • Valid visa.
  • Bulgarian national driver’s license.
  • International policy of insurance.
Duties and expenses.

The amount of the duties differs depending on the specifications of the car and the country of origin. If the car is imported from within the EU it isn’t going to be subjected to import taxes, but if it isn’t, the duties can get as high as 17% or more of the fair market value of the car itself.  The typical VAT in Bulgaria is 20%. The VAT is calculated by determining the actual value of the goods and additionally adding international shipping and insurance costs as well as the import duty.  Additionally, excise taxes might be added to the import cost if it is required after the inspection of the vehicle. However, diplomats are permitted to import a single vehicle free of all charges.

You will need to discuss the ways to ship your vehicle with A1 Auto Transport service to get the best price. The most common methods are RORO and Container shipping. You will need to get the vehicle cleaned and remove all of your personal items from within the interior of the vehicle. This is important to ensure that the vehicle clears all inspections. To know the latest on the EU regulations and specific laws to adhere while importing a vehicle to Plovdiv, contact the Embassy of Bulgaria today.

Joe Webster

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 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.

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