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The requirements for importing cars from the USA to Europe may vary from country to country, which is why it’s advisable to get familiar with the requirements set by the country you are importing the vehicle to. Let’s take a look at what is required to ship a car to Sweden.

Documents required at the customs

The documents you are required to present at the customs include:

– title of ownership with no liens on it
– certificate of registration
– bill of sale
– insurance from the US
– passport

If you possess all the above documents and fulfill the requirements stated below, you may qualify for duty-free import.

Customs duties and taxes

If you are not eligible for customs tax duty-free import, the VAT you will have to pay is 25%. You will also have to pay customs duties as specified on the official website of the Swedish Transportation Agency.

Other requirements specific for Sweden

When importing a car to Sweden, bear in mind that new vehicles are generally required to pay VAT. For a car to be considered new, it has to have no more than 3728 miles or be less than 6 months old.

Duty-free car shipping and import to Sweden

You may be eligible to import your car to Sweden from the USA duty-free, provided you meet the following requirements:

– that you are relocating to Sweden permanently, that is, declaring taking up permanent residence in Sweden
– that you have owned the car for more than 6 months before moving to Sweden
– that have been living outside the European Union for more than one year
– that your stay longer than the 3 months allowed for tourists has been authorized by the Sweden’s migration office
– that you have applied for a personal number at the local tax office
– that the car is intended for your personal use.

Other factor influencing the overall cost of import from the USA

To be able to import your car in Sweden, you have to transport it from the USA. One of the safest methods is car shipping. The cost will depend on the type of car shipping you chose. You can select either RoRo shipping or container shipping, depending on your budget, needs, and preferences.

RoRo shipping is suitable for vehicles that are in driving condition. The car owner can save on transportation to the port if they drive the car to the departure port and pick them up at the arrival port themselves. RoRo provides reliable departure and arrival dates, which facilitates timetable planning.

On the other hand, container shipping is excellent for shippers who wish to bring their personal belongings with them. In some cases, that even includes household furniture. The car doesn’t have to be in driving condition. The owner of the car can choose between two basic types of container shipping: shared and exclusive container.

Having doubts and questions about car shipping to Sweden? Need help with import requirements? Need transport services to and from the port? Ship Overseas can cater to all these needs, and more. Our company is a reputable brand that boasts 34 years of experience in the car shipping industry. We can help you bring your car from the USA to Sweden safely.

Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.