Importing a car from the USA to Finland can seem difficult and complicated, but CFR Rinkens can help. Below, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know before deciding to ship your vehicle.
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Read on below for our US to Finland Import Shipping Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Finland Car Import Costs & Time Frame, US to Finland Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Finland, and other details on how to Import Car from USA to Finland.
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US to Finland Vehicle Import Checklist
Vehicle Import Options
As you engage in the vehicle import process to Finland, some of the most important questions to consider include:
These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import 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.
To obtain an estimate of the cost to import 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:
Things to Consider
US to Finland Car Import Costs & Time Frame
Using a baseline of a compact car being imported using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Helsinki, our estimate to Import Car from USA to Finland starts at a cost of $1,225 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 14 – 28 days.
However, the cost to import 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 transport 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 Finish taxes & duties.
Taxes & Duties for Finland Car Imports
Prior to importing 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:
These rates are same, whether the vehicle / parts are new or used. The amount of taxes and import duties payable when importing 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 import a car to Finland, fill out our free quick quote form.
US to Finland Vehicle Import Options
Import Car from USA to Finland can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.
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 frequent weekly departures.
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.
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.
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.
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 transport 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 Finnish entry ports where your vehicle can be imported.
Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage
Before importing 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 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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Moving Household Goods from the US to Finland
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This information was updated in September 2018. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.