Car shipping to Finland from the USA is popular with many American expats and collectors overseas. Though there are many questions our customers with the overall export/import process.
The main questions being cost and the hassle of dealing with customs and paperwork. Some of the information in this guide will address the following topics:
- What ways can the vehicles be transported?
- How long does it take to ship a car to Finland?
- How much does it cost?
Luckily, we’ve got more than 40 years experience and our goal is to make this process easy on you. You can get a quick rate for the transport costs from us by filling in our online quote form.
Ways to Ship a Car to Finland
There are three methods that one can use and each one of them has pros and cons. The three main methods of shipping a car to Finland are inside a container, using roll-on roll-off, and air freight.
Consolidation is our expertise and because of this, it’s always the method we recommend. It cuts down costs and when room permits, you can even move some household items for an additional $150. Using this space for your goods is going to be a much better price than using standard parcel services like DHL or UPS. Overall consolidations will be cheaper than Ro-Ro because you can split a container with our other customers.
Using Ro-Ro service is a good option for single vehicles near less popular ports. However the downside is that nothing else can be stored inside the car and it must be in working condition. The automobiles are driven into the hull of a vessel and shipped this way. The benefit is there is no wait time for a consolidation.
Transport via air freight has become very expensive over the years and although it’s an option for those with time constraints, the costs are excessive in comparison with ocean transport. If you absolutely need to make a show or race, this service is the one to use.
How Long Does Car Shipping to Finland Take?
In order to be honest to visitors, there are no exact dates and costs because each and every shipment has different variables. However, we will try and give you a general idea.
Durations can vary greatly depending which port your vehicle leaves from. We have five locations across the country and for obvious reasons, we advise shipping from the east coast.
In this scenario ocean times generally take around 30 days from New York to Kotka, our port of entry in Finland. This time frame will be different from our other locations.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Finland?
The cost to ship a car to Finland also depends on the departure port, type of vehicle, location and a few others.
All things aside, the difference in costs can vary up to $600 when electing to move the car from opposite sides of the U.S. The easiest way to get price estimate is by filling out our quote form.
Customs Duties and Taxes
Depending on the reason for transporting a car to Finland, you may or may not be liable to pay taxes and customs for your automobile.
The instances where individuals qualify to be exempt are such:
- Your car or other vehicle qualifies as removal goods if you have owned the car for more than 6 months and lived outside Finland permanently for more than a year.
- Instances where a vehicle is imported for temporary use, less than 6 months of use in the period of a year. This is often the case for contracted work or educational studies and is referred to as a tourist car.
Prior to arriving, you’ll have to submit proof that you meet all the requirements in the form of a customs declaration.
Otherwise, you can be looking at a very expensive process for importing your car. Lastly make sure that all documents are the originals and not copies.
To begin shipping your car to Finland, call us at 800 599-0190 or fill out our quote form at the top of the page and we’ll send you a competitive rate.