How to import a vehicle to Denmark

If you are planning to import a vehicle to Denmark, you might be wondering what are the steps, costs and bureaucracy involved in the process. In this blog post, we will guide you through the main aspects of importing a vehicle to Denmark and provide you with some useful links and tips.

Importing a vehicle to Denmark can be a complex and costly process, but it can also be rewarding if you find your dream car abroad or if you want to move to Denmark with your car. We hope this blog post has given you some clarity on what you need to do and how much you need to pay. For more information, you can visit the websites of the Motor Vehicle Agency or Skat (find the links below). Remember that if you want to move to Copenhagen, the best way is not to buy a car, but to share it!

Importing vehicle to Denmark: apply for a permit

The first thing you need to do for importing a vehicle to Denmark  is to apply for a permit to drive a foreign registered vehicle in Denmark. This will allow you to use the vehicle temporarily until you register it with the Danish authorities.

You can apply for the permit online at the Danish Register of Motor Vehicles (Motorstyrelsen) website. You will need to provide some information about yourself, the vehicle and the reason for importing it. The permit is valid for 14 days and can be extended once for another 14 days.

Carry out an ordinary technical inspection and a customs inspection

The next step is to carry out an ordinary technical inspection and a customs inspection of your vehicle. The technical inspection is to ensure that your vehicle meets the Danish safety and environmental standards.

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You can book an appointment for the technical inspection at one of the approved inspection centers. The customs inspection is to determine the value of your vehicle for tax purposes. You can book an appointment for the customs inspection at one of the customs offices.

Register the vehicle with Skat

After passing the inspections, you need to register your vehicle with SKAT, the Danish tax authority. You can do this online at the SKAT website. You will need to upload some documents, such as the certificate of conformity, the invoice or purchase contract, and the proof of insurance.

You will also need to pay a registration fee of DKK 340.

Pay registration tax and any applicable customs duties and VAT

The final step is to pay the registration tax and any applicable customs duties and VAT on your vehicle. The registration tax is based on the value of your vehicle and its fuel efficiency. It can vary from 40% to 150% of the value. You can use the SKAT calculator to estimate the amount of registration tax you have to pay.

If your vehicle is imported from outside the EU, you may also have to pay customs duties and VAT on it. The customs duty rate depends on the type and origin of your vehicle, while the VAT rate is 25% of the value.

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