If you import a vehicle from a country outside of the European Union, such as the United States or Canada, you will need to pay import duties and VAT as soon as your vehicle is release by the (Dutch) Customs Office. SCL Rotterdam can assist to determine if your vehicle is eligible for a special exemption such as importing a classic car or moving your car as part of your household goods. Please feel free to contact us to see if your vehicle is eligible for such exemptions, it can save you a considerable amount of money!
Importing a car or other vehicle from one EU-country to another can be done using the European 'free movement of goods' regulations. This means that you do not have to pay import duties and VAT. However, if you wish to register for Dutch license plates any remaining BPM (Dutch Vehicle Tax) will be due.
More information on what percentages import duties and VAT apply for the import of cars, motorcycles, trucks or classic cars? Please refer to the schematic below to determine which percentages apply to your scenario.