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Importing a Car from the USA

In this thorough and detailed guide, you will find all the information you need when importing cars from the USA. Read through everything to ensure you don't miss any steps - this can become extremely costly in the long run and the authorities may seize your car. If you are unsure - contact us and we will do it for you.

Choose a transport method - Ro-Ro or container shipping:

  • Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off): This means the car is driven on and off the ship. It is usually cheaper but offers less protection.

  • Container shipping: This means the car is placed in a container, which offers better protection but can be more expensive.

Discuss with shipping companies the best options for your car and your budget.

Insurance during transport - Transport insurance:

Make sure your car is insured during transport to protect against any damage or loss.

Customs and Documentation - Documents for customs clearance

  • Title (ownership certificate): Shows that you own the car.

  • Bill of Sale: Receipt of the purchase showing the purchase amount and details about the vehicle.

  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and DOT (Department of Transportation) certificates: Documents showing that the car meets American environmental and safety standards.

Customs clearance in Sweden

When the car arrives in Sweden, it must be cleared through customs. Submit a customs declaration and pay customs duties and VAT.

The customs duty is 10% of the car's value and the VAT is 25%. Documents needed include the Title, Bill of Sale, and shipping documents (Bill of Lading).

Registration and Inspection

Registration inspection:

Book a time for a registration inspection with Bilprovningen, Dekra, or Opus. During the inspection, it will be checked that the car meets Swedish safety and environmental requirements.

Any adjustments or repairs may be required for the car to be approved.

Notification to the Swedish Transport Agency - Register the car:

After passing the inspection, submit a notification to the Swedish Transport Agency. You need:

  • Certificate of Registration Inspection

  • Identity Check Certificate

  • Title and Bill of Sale

The Swedish Transport Agency will issue Swedish registration plates and a registration certificate.

Preparations before purchase - Choosing an exporter and purchase process

Find a reliable exporter:

Look for exporters with experience in shipping cars to Sweden. Ask for recommendations and read reviews.

Get a detailed quote that includes all costs.

Make the purchase:

After choosing a car and an exporter, make the purchase. Ensure all documents, including the Title and Bill of Sale, are in order.

Discuss payment methods, usually bank transfer or escrow services.

Insurance and Maintenance - Traffic insurance

Take out traffic insurance: Before you can drive the car in Sweden, you must have valid traffic insurance. Compare different insurance companies to find the best solution for your needs.

Adaptation and regular maintenance

Check and adapt the car to meet Swedish regulations, which may include changes to lights, tires, or the exhaust system.

Perform regular maintenance to ensure the car's safety and performance.

Handling documents and unexpected costs

Document handling: If there are problems with documentation, contact the exporter immediately to resolve the issue. All original documents are important to avoid delays in customs clearance.

Unexpected costs: Be prepared for extra costs that may arise, such as additional shipping fees, storage fees at the port, or necessary repairs.

How much does it cost to import a car from the USA?

Importing a car from the USA to Sweden typically costs between 50,000 and 100,000 SEK, depending on the car's price, shipping, customs, and VAT. Shipping costs often range between 10,000 and 20,000 SEK. The customs duty is 10% of the car's value and VAT is 25%. Additionally, there are costs for registration inspection, possible adaptations to Swedish standards, and traffic insurance. Transport insurance may also be necessary. Be prepared for potential extra costs for port storage or unexpected repairs required for the car to be approved in Sweden.

How long does it take to import a car from the USA?

Importing a car from the USA to Sweden typically takes between 8 and 12 weeks. The process includes finding and purchasing the car, arranging transport, and shipping, which takes about 4-6 weeks. When the car arrives in Sweden, customs clearance and payment of fees take about a week. Then, the car must undergo a registration inspection and possible adaptation to Swedish requirements, which can take another 1-2 weeks depending on the extent of the work. Registration with the Swedish Transport Agency and obtaining Swedish registration plates can also take a few days to a week. Plan for unexpected delays for a smooth process.

Can I sell the car after I have imported it?

Yes, you can sell a car after you have imported it to Sweden. First, the car must be registered with the Swedish Transport Agency and pass a registration inspection. Ensure that all customs duties, VAT, and any adaptation costs are paid. Once the car is fully registered and approved for Swedish roads, you can sell it like any other car. It is important that all documents and certificates are in order to facilitate the sale. Potential buyers may want to see proof that the car meets Swedish safety and environmental requirements.

Importing a Car from the USA

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