The Croatian city of Split is situated on the shores of Adriatic Sea on a peninsula, with Gulf of Kaštela on one side and Split Channel on the other. It is the second largest city and a bustling hub of trade, education and commerce.
Most people when they move from USA, they opt to bring over their cars to Split to ease the transportation requirement and don’t want to invest in expensive vehicles in Croatia. It is cheaper to import than but a new car for short term or even a longer stay in Split.
However, importing a vehicle brings with it a host of regulations, laws and procedures that cannot be completed without the assistance of A1 Auto Transport service. We are used to navigating through the legal jargon and can assist you completely through the whole process, including dealing with the Customs in USA and at Croatia. As Split is one of the major ports in the country, delivery of the vehicle is faster and when we look after the logistics of the complete move, it is smooth and on time, each time. With brisk trade and maritime commerce between USA and Croatia, the transit time is less.
Documents for import.
You will need to submit and get the documents verified at the respective Customs department in USA and Croatia before the vehicle can be shipped out or allowed to be imported. These documents are:
- Bill of sale of vehicle/purchase invoice.
- Clear vehicle title deed.
- E25 certificate.
- Bill of lading.
- Owner’s ID and passport.
Know about the homologation procedure.
Another aspect to consider is Homologation. Most of the vehicles made in USA do not adhere to the emission and safety regulations of European Union. When you import such a vehicle to Split in Croatia, it has to undergo specific modifications so that it can be imported as per EU laws. This is called as Homologation. Croatia has no facilities to get this done so you need to have the modifications completed before shipping it to Split. The vehicle can only be locally registered after the procedure has been completed and the E25 certificate issued.
If you are importing a vehicle that is made in EU, you will need to provide the EUR1 certificate and the statement from the car supplier about the EU/European origin of the vehicle. The import duty is based on the value of the vehicle that you are importing. Thus, it can range depending on the make, model and age of the vehicle. Other aspects of import duty include freight charges, shipping and insurance. You will need to get the vehicle registered after 3 months of import if you consider staying on for a longer duration.
Shipping car/vehicle to Split.
There are two commonly used methods to bring your vehicle to Split in Croatia. This includes container shipping and RORO. You will need to pick the method based on the value of your car and your budget.
Container shipping allows you to ship your vehicle and other personal goods within 20 feet and 40 feet containers. They are sealed after your vehicle and goods are placed inside. This is comparatively more expensive option but if you are shipping a luxury car, naturally you’d need higher level of protection and car to minimize damage.
The other method is RORO or Roll-On/Roll-Off which is a basic way to ship your car. There are some restrictions which includes cleaning the car interiors, removing air conditioning gas along with all personal items, handing over the car keys, and leaving only 1/4th tank of fuel. The vehicle is driven on and off the ship using its own wheels. It is harnessed in place on the ship deck for the transit period.
If you have questions or queries or want to know more about the procedure of shipping to Split in Croatia, don’t hesitate to contact the Embassy of Croatia or call A1 Auto Transport service today.
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.