Being the fifth largest city in Croatia, Zadar has a central location within the Zadar County. It’s also the historical center of Dalmatia. Furthermore, the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar and it has a rich and interesting history dating way back.
Some of the major and most lucrative industries include traffic, tourism, agriculture, seaborne trade as well as fish farming endeavors and fishing as a whole.
People who plan on moving to Croatia would almost always consider bringing their own car with them. If you are from the USA this could be a particularly good choice because the prices of the cars in the US are considerably lower and thus this could be the more economic option. However, you have to be aware that there are numerous rules, regulations as well as duties that you’d have to consider. The A-1 Auto Transport Company has plenty of professional experience and is here to ensure a hassle-free process without any bumps along the way.
There is no shortage of ports in Croatia, that’s for sure. It has its location on the Adriatic Sea and some of the ports include Dubrovnik, Split, Bakar as well as Zadar and Ploce. You can always go for a land-based transportation through another country in Europe but having your car shipped to the port of choice is definitely going to speed things up. There are ships departing from the USA to Croatia every week and a number of other EU routes, which are with higher frequency. In any case, the shipping time is considerably short.
You’re going to need to prepare a number of documents prior to importing your car to Croatia. Some of them include:
- Notarized sales contract.
- Original title.
- Bill of lading and of sale.
- Homologation form from licensed authority.
- Statement from the supplier.
- EUR1 Certificate.
- Authorization by lien holder, provided your car is leased.
This is the process which refers to the modifications which are made to the car in order to ensure that they meet the requirements of the country in which they are being imported. All the vehicles which enter the EU have to go through this process prior to their registration. However, you should know that there are no facilities within the country of Croatia which offer this particular service. This is why you’d have to perform it upon departure from the USA or in countries like Germany or Spain.
Different Types of Shipping.
Even though there are a few ways to ship your vehicle to Croatia, the overly preferred ones include:
- Container shipping.
- RORO (Roll on/Roll off)
The latter is generally a lot more affordable and it involves driving your car on a shipping deck onto the carrier. It is then being firmly secured and driven off it when it arrives at the destination country. Container shipping, on the other hand, is a bit more expensive but that’s because you get an exclusive container just for you. In addition, you can include other personal items, unlike with the RORO method where you can only ship your vehicle. You can also share the container with someone if you want to spare some money.
Get Your Car Prepared.
Prior to the shipping process, you must make sure to:
- Thoroughly clean the vehicle to avoid quarantine time.
- Fill a quarter of a tank of fuel.
- Note all the dents and get a sign verification from the shipping agency.
- Get insurance.
- Remove all personal belongings.
Duties at the Customs.
When you import your car to Croatia, you’d have to pay a particular duty based on the value of your vehicle. You’d also have to obtain local registration plates, provided you’ve decided to stay for more than three months.
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.
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