Situated on the Kvarner Bay, Rijeka is the third largest city in Croatia within the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. It is a flourishing hub of maritime trade, shipbuilding and major seaport. The apt location on the inlet of the Adriatic Sea lends it a strategic position in Europe.
If you are working here or intend moving here to stay on a long term basis, having your own vehicle can be of advantage. That is why it is important that to save cost of buying a new car, you can get your vehicle imported from USA as it might be cheaper. The first aspect to consider is picking a reliable and experienced shipping company that has shipped vehicles to Croatia before. And the best would be to work with A1 Auto Transport Company. We have been shipping vehicles world over for over 20 years and understand the nuances of working with Customs department of different countries. Call us today and we’ll help you make the transit easy and quick.
Methods of shipping.
There are many ports in Croatia and Rijeka being a major port, your vehicle will be shipped directly. You have the option of choosing the best method and if you cannot decide, we can be of assistance. If you have a standard vehicle and have a limited budget or only need the vehicle shipped, Roll-on/Roll-Off works well but if you can afford to increase your budget and have to move your household goods along with the car, container shipping is better. It takes about a week or 10 days for your vehicle to ship to Rijeka in Croatia as transit time is highly reduced due to flourishing maritime trade between the two countries.
Taxes, duties and documentation.
It is essential to know about the Croatian taxes and import duties before you import the car so that you can budget for it. There is a standard duty of 8% on the price of the vehicle, shipping and insurance on it. Plus there is a 13% to 48% tax on the vehicle, which A1 Auto Transport service will help you know more about. Additionally, if the vehicle is being imported on a long term or permanent basis, you have to get it registered in Croatia, three months after the import. To ensure that the import and registrations are completed with ease, these are the documents that you need to submit to the Croatia Customs service include:
- JCD form.
- Supplier’s bill.
- E25 certificate authenticating Croatian homologation terms.
- Homologation form.
- Bill of Lading.
- Sales contract attested by the Notary.
- Title deed.
- Vehicle purchase bill.
What is Homologation?
As per the EU laws on safety and emissions, all vehicles in Croatia have to adhere to it. When you import a U.S manufactured vehicle, it has to be modified so that it can be driven on the roads. To ride it in Croatia, the technical and mechanical modifications have to be done in USA before you export it. Croatia will not admit any car that does not have the E25 certificate. Thus, you can get the vehicle modified or homologation completed in Spain or Germany before bringing it to Rijeka. You can discuss this issue with us and we’ll be glad to help.
Additionally, you can contact the Embassy of Croatia to get more details on the specific requirements so that there is no delay in importing your vehicle to Rijeka.
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.