At KTL we love classic cars; we love them so much we have built a global network of trusted partners that not only co-ordinate shipment for us, but can source and find your perfect model.
This means we have the perfect network to help you import your dream classic car back to the UK, and remove any uncertainty and stress that can be involved with shipping vehicles.
We've written a few tips below on importing classic cars, which are meant as a rough guide to help you evaluate your best options.
These are simple steps, but without the right experience importing a classic car to the UK can be a daunting process. That's where KTL UK can step in and help. We have many years experience in importing vehicles to the UK, and have a friendly team who can help you realise your dream of shipping a classic car to the UK.
At the moment, it's a much simpler process to import a car from mainland Europe, e.g. France, Spain, Germany or Italy. We'll keep you updated post Brexit if these rules change.
At the moment “Single Market Rules” apply and it’s not a strict “import” but a “movement” of goods. This means:
a) No import Duty is liable – as it”s a movement of goods around the EU. As we've insinuated - this could all change very soon!!
b) Also no VAT is liable – this is because VAT would have been paid in the country of origin on its original purchase.
The steps to follow are:
1. Buy the car in the EU country of origin:
2. Drive or Transport the Vehicle back to the UK.
3. Notify HRMC and organise the car’s MOT.
4. Register the vehicle with the DVLA – see my other article on this process – Also, there are a couple of ancillary fees to add, namely a Customs Fee of about £50 and a DVLA registration fee of £55.
Logistically this is more complicated and also more expensive as it also involves customs clearance, NOVA Application and possible Import Duty and VAT. Classic cars coming in from outside of the EU could be subject to Customs Duty and VAT, however as mentioned previously, most vehicles over 25 years old are DUTY Free and have reduced VAT at 5%.
Vehicles are considered to be “new goods to the EU”. KTL have years of experience importing from outside the EU, so please do get in touch by requesting a quote - we'll save you a lot of headaches, and also a lot of money.
Newer vehicles can require vehicle compliance, and can be costly, so best to check they comply with regulations before you purchase them
1. Buy the classic car in the country of origin – make sure you obtain key documentation, e.g. sale agreement, registration documentation.
2. Ship the vehicle back to the UK with KTL.
3. KTL complete a customs entry and calculate the amount of Customs Duty and VAT liable (for Private Motor Vehicle) for import purposes.
4. Notify HRMC and organise the car's MOT.
5. Register the vehicle with the DVLA
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Insurance coverage for goods during shipment. Freight insurance can be purchased directly from KTL.
Customs clearance KTL offer full export customs clearance and can arrange import customs clearance at all UK ports and airports.
Moving a vehicle involves a great deal of coordination and planning, and can sometimes become more costly than expected. KTL have years of experience moving vehicles around the globe.
Simply fill out the information on our quote form and we will come back with a price.
You fill out the quote form.
We agree on a price for the freight to be shipped.
You sit back and relax and we will organise all of the shipment.
Why use a freight forwarder?
In short freight forwarders have the knowledge, contacts and know how that can help you arrange shipping! KTL can offer our advice and find the best solution to make sure you ship cargo on time at the best possible cost. Our global network of trusted partners means we can move almost anything from anywhere in the world, to anywhere IN the world.
Do I need a full truck or part load?
KTL can advice on this, most trucks can accomodate upto 33 pallets, but if you have a smaller shipment it is possible load goods as part of a groupage trailer, KTL will be able to give a price based on either FTL (full truck load) or LTL (Less than truck load) and ship accordingly.
Is Road Freight the best option for me?
The vast majorit of goods moving from and to the EU are moved by road, it is a cost effective, freqeuent and reliable service. However Air Freight is an alternative to further destinations, or if the goods are particular high in value or require more urgent shipment, KTL will be pleased to provide advice on this.