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Car Shipping to Denmark

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Shipping a car to Denmark entails looking at a few options when determining what you will need to prepare in terms of documentation and financial planning.

The easy part is the transportation. Especially when using an international car shipper that has over 38 years of experience moving cars to Copenhagen and other destinations.

The hard part will be determining whether it's worth it to ship your vehicle, since the importation into Denmark can be quite expensive if you don't meet the exemption requirements.

Shipping a Car to Denmark from the US

Anyone who wants to move their personal vehicle will need to choose the method in which they would like to ship. Since we specialize in container auto transport, that is our method of choice.

We offer both a standard sole container service and shared. Regardless of which you choose, all of our loading is done in house by the Schumacher team so there are no third parties!

You'll either be able to deliver the vehicle to one of our five US locations or we can dispatch a pickup.

Lastly, there are two additional taxes to consider when shipping a car to Denmark and they apply to every car registered in the country. There is a vehicle weight tax and an owners tax.

Major Destinations

  • Copenhagen
  • Aarhus
  • Odense

How Long Does it Take?

From our New Jersey warehouse to Copenhagen (our port of entry) ocean times range between 2-3 weeks. However from our Los Angeles or Houston warehouses, that time frame would be longer.

Tax, Duty and Important Customs Information

Your particular scenario will be based on the duration and the intent of your move to Denmark. For shorter stays, up to 185 days, it is possible to apply for a permit allowing you to drive a vehicle registered in a foreign country during the time spent. You will however be required to pay registration tax if the stay is longer.

container car shipping

For longer duration stays, you will either be required to pay the standard import duty and VAT for Denmark. If you are eligible and meet the requirements to be exempt from them, then you may be able to ship a car from the US to Denmark and import it duty free.

If one does have to pay the import duty and additional value added tax, then you can expect it to be a little pricy. The initial customs tax, which is standard for the EU, is 10%. However, the VAT on vehicles is slightly higher than in most countries at 25%.

This tax rate takes the worth of the vehicle, associated shipping costs and the actual import duty into consideration. So you are not just paying on the price of the automobile.

For visitors registering their car, there is a registration tax and can be paid at a SKAT registry offices located in metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Aalborg and a few others.

Lastly, there are two additional taxes to consider when shipping a car to Denmark and they apply to every car registered in the country. There is a vehicle weight tax and an owners tax.

Duty and VAT Exemption Eligibility for Imported Vehicles

  1. You have used the vehicle for a minimum of 6 months and it has done more than 6,000 kilometers.
  2. Provide foreign registration documents for the vehicle
  3. You cannot sell, rent out, or dispose of the vehicle in any way before 12 months after your arrival
  4. You must prove that you have lived outside the European Union for longer than 12 months

For more information about importing a vehicle into Denmark visit the SKAT website.

Registration

New arrivals in Denmark have six months from the time they register with their local community to register any vehicles they shipped and imported. For those registering their car, there is a registration tax.

This tax can be paid at a SKAT registry offices located in the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Aalborg and a few others. Anyone residing in Denmark for more than one year must register their vehicle.

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Denmark

  1. The Danish flag is the oldest national flag in the world
  2. The average tax rate in Denmark is 49%
  3. Denmark doesn't have a single mountain
  4. Headlights must always be on when a car is being operated
  5. Shipping pets to Denmark is only allowed at two airports

For further information on any of the above car shipping services to Denmark, please call and discuss your needs with one of our specialists at (800) 599-0190.

Written by Damien Shields


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