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Author Topic: Importing a car - post Brexit  (Read 3324 times)
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« Reply #15 on: 24 March, 2021, 07:45:51 PM »

Hi Simon, just wondering about your  "direct comparison" as you put it, were the vehicles of similar value or are the charges related to insurance value as well as age, do you know? Just to add to the confusion maybe.

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« Reply #16 on: 25 March, 2021, 08:00:23 PM »

As a regular importer of cars from the EU, southern France in particular with my Citroen SM business, I can confirm:

Pre Brexit: about one week and 1000 trucking

Post Brexit: four weeks and 4000 (plus sleepless nights and much angst).

Never again!


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« Reply #17 on: 01 April, 2021, 12:18:30 PM »

Duplicated from another item.

A couple of months ago I bought a Delta 3 radiator grill and four hubcaps from a French dealer and had them delivered free of charge to my neighbour in France. I then used (no connection to me) who provided the delivery label and customs declaration label for me to fill in. Paid them around 25, emailed the labels to my neighbour, the parcel was collected next day and with me in four. No demands for any extra payments. Yet!

We have also for many years brought back from France old furniture clocks etc and have checked what the customs situation might be now. It appears that we fill in a simple customs declaration on line which calculates any VAT or duty due. Submit the form, pay the VAT/duty and use the "nothing to declare" lane at the UK port.

There are limits on things like alcohol and tobacco, other items up to a value of 390 are free.. I presume (hope!) this is per person and not per car?


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