Car Shipping from USA to Finland

Shipping a Car from the USA to Finland

Car Shipping from Finland to USA
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Read on below for our US to Finland Vehicle Shipping Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Finland Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame, US to Finland Vehicle Shipping Options, Ports Served in the US & Finland, and other details on Car Shipping from USA to Finland.

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US to Finland Vehicle Shipping Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to ship your vehicle to Finland.
  • Gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale

    • Title (US Registration Form)

    • Ocean Freight Invoice

  • Understand the costs of shipping a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant Finnish State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car shipping company and preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Finland
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil

More information on the process of shipping a vehicle to Finland can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle shipping process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Finland or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months.

  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for shipping to Finland. Your actual tax rate is based on these details. You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles for import into Finland.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Finland, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle import to Finland, the vehicle must be declared in Customs.

You’ll need the following documentation:

  • Sales Contract/Bill of Sale
  • Declaration of Use to Customs
  • Vehicle Tax Declaration
  • Car Registration
  • Registration Inspection Certificate

Things to Consider

  • The declaration of use for the vehicle can be submitted online. A car tax declaration must be submitted within five days of submitting the declaration of use. The car tax decision will be sent via mail and is payable within 15 days. (Declaration of use’s driving rights end on the car tax’s due date. Afterwards, the vehicle must be registered for use in Finland).

  • You must attain transfer insurance or vehicle liability insurance for your car to import a vehicle to Finland from the United States. It may be a temporary insurance issued in the US, or through a Finnish insurance company. We can provide this service for extra charge.

US to Finland Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Helsinki, our estimate for Car Shipping from USA to Finland starts at a cost of $1,225 USD.

However, the cost to ship a car to Finland can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your shipping method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and Finnish taxes & duties.

As turnaround times can vary by season and volume, please contact us for estimates.

Taxes & Duties for Finland Car Shipping

Prior to shipping a vehicle from US to Finland, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Finnish requirements. Your actual tax rate is based on these details.

Customs clearance will be done by the forwarder or online, usually by the forwarder. In our case, we always do the custom clearance for the customer.

Import duties and VAT are as follows and the Finnish Customs will collect them immediately:

  • VAT – is always 24 % and the duties as below:
    • 10 % vehicles
    • 0% for vehicles over the 30 years old in some case
    • 6 % motorcycles
    • 1.7% – 4.5% for car parts

  • Car Tax – the final amount will depend on a variety of factors including the car’s value, model, mileage, CO2 emissions and age. Finnish Customs doesn’t make calculations in advance for this tax since vehicle values change with the market, and the final amount can vary considerably. Car tax must be done in online for the Finnish Tax office. This car tax must be done by the owner of the vehicle and is separate from import duties.

These rates are same, whether the vehicle / parts are new or used. The amount of taxes and import duties payable when shipping a car to Finland from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Finland, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to Finland Vehicle Shipping Options

Car Shipping from USA to Finland can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.

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Roll-on/roll-off – Your vehicle is driven onto a large cargo area on the shipping vessel, where it is secured for transport. Since the only additional charges are customs clearance and port fees, this is our most budget-friendly option.

Transits tend to be faster than with the shared container service thanks to weekly departures.

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Shared container service – Your car is securely loaded into a 40 ft enclosed container, along with several other vehicles that will share in the additional fees incurred. These charges include terminal handling, trucking and unloading and custom clearance fees.

All cars are loaded using our state of the art steel loading system into a fully enclosed container. Although you have the security of an enclosed container with no exposure to the elements, there might be a longer wait before your vehicle ships out, as the container must be fully loaded before we can ship it.

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Full container load – You have the added benefit of a fully enclosed container, just like our shared container service, but the 20 ft container is dedicated solely to your vehicle. Since there’s no wait for other cars to be loaded, you’ll enjoy a shorter wait before departure. However, additional terminal handling fees and other charges won’t be shared with other vehicle owners.

Our most selective customers prefer the high level of safety and expediency offered by our dedicated container shipping. When your vehicle is received, we’ll photograph and document the vehicle’s condition as well as the loading process. Your vehicle will be loaded using our modern steel loading system, which is not only environmentally friendly, but doesn’t rely on outdated wood ramps and nails, which can damage your vehicle.

After your car is loaded onto your own private container, it is locked and secured. This will ensure no one gains access to your car before reaching its final destination. Since the vehicle is fully enclosed in a secure container, we invite our clients to pack and transport other items inside the vehicle. However, everything must be loaded securely, as we won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Once your vehicle reaches its destination in Finland, our agent will unlock the container, document the vehicle’s condition and photograph the entire unloading process. Every step of the shipping process is not only handled carefully but documented for your peace of mind.

Compared to our roll-on/roll-off shipping option, enclosed container shipping is not only more secure, but much faster due to frequent departures each week.

Additional Services

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Sourcing vehicles – Our many years of experience in the car shipping industry has allowed us to develop a widespread network of car buyers. We’re ready to assist overseas clients with their vehicle purchases for a nominal commission.

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Other services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and Finland

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car shipping to Finland, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.

Destination Ports – Finland

Here are the Finland entry ports that we can ship your vehicle to.

  • Helsinki
  • Kotka
  • Oulu

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before shipping your vehicle to Finland, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods. CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement.

We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in Finland

After customs clearance, in order to take the vehicle into road use, the vehicle must be issued temporary plates. You will need valid traffic insurance and permission from Tax office. We provide this service for an extra charge.

Before registering your vehicle in Finland, the vehicle must pass a registration inspection. The inspection can be done prior to the tax declaration and submitted along with that paperwork as a way to speed up car tax implementation in Customs. After car tax payment, it may take 1-3 days for the payment to register in Customs’ systems.

Customs will then send your registration permission directly to the Finnish Transportation Agency electronically.

The vehicle may then be registered at a vehicle inspection station.

Other Finland/US Shipping Options

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