Shipping a Car to Sweden
When deciding whether or not to ship a car to Sweden from your home in the U.S., there are many things to factor in when comparing your costs and benefits.
The two main costs will be the ocean freight and the destination fees + import duties/taxes you'll have to pay in order to import the vehicle into Sweden.
In most cases, the total cost involved will still be less than having to purchase a new car once you finish with your relocation.
The export process is straightforward and depending on your time frame, we can accommodate you with a fast service or ship your car in a shared container to keep the costs down to a minimum.
If you qualify for a duty free import, then the overall expense can be substantially reduced. We will explain how that works in the following sections.
First, lets talk about the different ways of shipping a car and which options you have in terms of U.S. departure ports and arrivals in Sweden.
It's important to note that because it is part of the EEA as well as the EU, there are slightly different requirements for vehicle imports.
As we specialize in shipping cars to Sweden from the US, the information applies to these two countries.
Overseas Transport Options
There is a good chance that if you are moving to Sweden with a car or household goods, your shipment will either go through Stockholm or Gothenburg, with the latter being the main port that we use for our consolidation services.
We can offer a direct, fast sail service to both ports, but you may need to book a single use 20' container. Ask your salesperson for more information when getting a quote.
We can arrange inland transport to most Swedish cities and our agents will be glad to help you with this when you arrive.
The two main ocean freight methods for car shipping to Sweden: Container service or a roll-on roll-off service.
We offer both but we specialize in consolidated container shipments and with five U.S. warehouse locations near major ports, we're able to offer very competitive rates.
- Container Departures
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Roll on Roll off Departures
- New York
- Port of Entry in Sweden
By transporting a car with a shared service, the ocean freight costs as well as destination and unloading fees are greatly reduced since you are sharing the container space.
This option can take slightly longer because we'll need to load multiple cars before your container will depart. So it's a trade off between the cost and amount of time it takes.
For those that have a time constraint and need their vehicle to arrive somewhat sooner, you can book your own 20ft. You have full control over the sail dates and arrival dates with this service.
A Ro-Ro service is also available. The "on the water" sail time is usually similar to that of containers and it's a good option for single motors.
Because the method in which a vehicle is transported can influence departure ports and arrivals, make sure to let your sales specialist know and we'll find the option that works best for you.
As mentioned earlier, there is a scenario when a person will be able to ship their car and import it free of duties and taxes.
The only way to be eligible is if you're relocating permanently and declaring residency. If you can answer yes to the following questions then under most circumstances you'll be able to ship a car to Sweden duty and tax free.
- Have you owned your vehicle longer than 6 months prior to moving?
- Have you lived in your current home outside of the EU for over a year?
- Have you obtained authorization from Sweden's migration office to stay longer than the 3 month tourist duration?
- Have you applied for a personnummer at the local tax office?
- Is your vehicle for personal use?
- Are you planning to keep the automobile in your possession for more than a year?
*Additionally, customs often requires proof of meeting the above requirements in the form of purchase receipts, proof of residence, etc.
Customs Documentation for Clearing Your Car
You will need the majority of the documents in order to fill out the single administrative document and declare your belongings and also if you are applying to waive the import duty and associated taxes.
- Required Paperwork
- Certificate of registration
- Purchase invoice or bill of sale
- Original title
- Proof of registration and insurance from in the US
- Passport photo
Should one not apply for the relief or be ineligible, the applicable VAT in Sweden is 25% in addition to the duties charged by customs.
For any additional information in regards to shipping a car to Sweden, call us at (562) 408 6677 or visit Sweden's Transport Agency website.
Written by Damien Shields