Yes, you read that right! It is actually usually cheaper to ship your car from the UAE to Europe than buying a new car from the European country you’re moving to. There is a lot of speculation around car shipping to Europe, but our expert car shipping partner Volker Risse, CEO of International Car Bridge (ICB) Dubai, has helped us debunk some of these myths. ICB, which has been operating in Dubai since 2003, is under German management and has over 20 years of experience in the car sales and transport business. They have sat down with us to provide you with valuable advice on how to ship your car to Europe.
Myth 1: “It’s so expensive to ship your car to Europe”
Our response: No. It’s actually cheaper to ship your car to Europe from the UAE than buying a new car there.
The first thought we all think is that there are a lot of taxes involved when shipping goods abroad. There is a 10% customs tax applied on the value of your car and there is a VAT tax of about 20% as well. However, if you are relocating to Europe, these charges do not apply to you! “All other Europeans have to pay huge customs and taxes when buying a car in Europe, you don’t!” explains Volker. “In my experience with car sales, it is also very difficult to achieve a reasonable resale price when selling your used car in the UAE, so I always tell my customers to take their car with them to Europe, if its value is still over AED 50,000.”
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Myth 2: “The EU has tons of restrictions on which cars can be shipped”
Our response: No, there aren’t as many restrictions as you may think.
Principally, you can ship ANY car to Europe. If you’re relocating to Europe and want to ship your car with you, you have the opportunity to ship it import and customs free as a relocation good. “But the restrictions that comes with this is that you’re not allowed to sell your car again in Europe for 12 months and you may need to pay high taxes because of the low exhaust emissions classification,” explains Volker. He further explained that when relocating you can also get a certificate of exemption, however, if you register your car with that certificate then you’re not allowed to sell your car again within the EU forever. Now before you worry, ICB specializes in attaining European car registration approval for GCC spec cars, and for 99% of their customers they’re successful in getting registration approval, the regular way, even with a high exhaust emissions standard for your car.
Myth 3: “I need to show a lot of documentation and approvals when shipping to Europe”
Our response: Again, no. It’s actually pretty standard.
You only need your passport copy, car invoice, and the Export Certificate (obtained from RTA or DoT). However, if you plan on moving it as a tax-free relocation good you need a few documents such as your residence visa copy, Mulkia copy (shows the car was registered under your name for at least 6 months), employer/embassy letter stating you lived in the UAE for at least 12 months, and registration card copy from your native country.
Myth 4: “Good car shippers are hard to find”
Our response: Just go to ServiceMarket, and you’ll find the best car shippers in the UAE listed there.
There are many car shipping companies out there, but very few have the experience, proper licenses and certifications to handle something as personal and valuable as moving your car. On ServiceMarket, you can browse our partner car shipping companies, read their reviews, and contact them for quotes.
Do you have any questions about shipping your car to Europe? Let us know in the comments below!