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Car Export from USA / Canada to Poland

synech 1 | 1
30 Aug 2015 #1
So I was wondering if anyone here knows anything on exporting a car from Canada to Poland. My uncle had asked me to export a Lamborghini from Canada to Poland because it turns out the car is $75000 cheaper than buying it in Germany. So my main questions are this. Will I end up paying VAT or anything like that? I was told that if the car is used (which it is, only has 200 km on it and is 6 months old) I was able to export one every few years or so assuming its in my name? I hold duel citizenship as a Canadian Citizen and as a Polish Citizen. I have residency in both countries. Any information would be GREATLY appreciated.

Melis 2 | 17
30 Aug 2015 #2
Hi Synech, If you haven't owned the vehicle for the last 6 months you might have an issue. We were told that in order to not pay VAT the car has to been under our name for the last 6 months prior to export, we will have to keep it under our name for a year, prior to clearing customs the car had to be insured in Poland for 6 months ahead. Once those 6 months are up we will have to clear customs once more for another 6 months. So in total we will have to maintain the vehicle under our name for 1 year prior to being able to sell it or trade it. In your case being a citizen you might get away with ridding yourself of the vehicle before hand. while in canada we contacted someone from the polish government website and they replied via email almost immediately. Good luck and I hope this helps.
OP synech 1 | 1
31 Aug 2015 #3
Thanks for the fast reply. Much appreciated. So your saying that the car has to be registered in my name in Canada for 6 months before i am able to transport it to Poland and then it has to be insured in Poland for another 6 months ahead of time prior shipping the car to Poland?
Melis 2 | 17
31 Aug 2015 #4
In our case we were told all of the above, I'm not a citizen and my husband is a student with polish background who is currently applying for his citizenship. In your case it might be easier. I am almost certain you will have to have the vehicle under your name 6 months prior to shipping just because they want proof that it is indeed yours and that you are not just exporting for business. If not I think the taxes are 23% of the cost of the vehicle. I hope this helps. Just to be 100% id type them a small email and honestly they'll respond quickly.
zeusTO 1 | 2
28 Sep 2015 #5
Could you please share the email you used to contact them ?
27 Jan 2016 #6
Merged: Shipping vehicle from NORTH AMERICA to Poland / Europe?

How we can ship vehicle : 2014 Honda Accord from Canada to Europe?
Sylvio 20 | 143
2 Jul 2016 #7
Merged: shipping own car from Canada to Poland

Hi. Does anyone know an affordable,and reliable Polish carrier who could bring me my own truck from Canada to Poland? any advice much appreciated.. Sylvio
3 Jul 2016 #8
Ask Polonez Parcel Services, they'll probably know somebody if they don't ship cars themselves.
Maciek_G 4 | 18
13 Mar 2018 #9

Do anybody know how much it costs to ship my car from Canada to Poland?

I've tried the search function and nothing, there's a few on importing from the US but not much info in those either. Just wondering on freight cost, fees & approx. time it would take to get there. The car is a 2012 CLS63 and it's gotta be shipped from here (Vancouver) to I guess Gdansk? I have citizenship in both countries, also I heard there is an extra tax on vehicles with larger engines, my car has a 6.2L engine so if anybody knows anything about this topic it would be greatly appreciated.
Alexbrz 3 | 78
13 Mar 2018 #10
First you have an import tax for importing from outside of EU, and then around 19% (when i did it last year it was 18.8%) of the car's value on registration tax/fee. In short, i think you'll be (much) better of buying yourself one of those here.

Not sure if you are moving from one country to the other, and already have your car for over a year? Then it might be imported as "moving goods" which is a waiver for many taxes.
Richthecat 8 | 68
13 Mar 2018 #11
Also to register a car you will need a tax number which involves allot of faff took me 4 months
Dirk diggler 10 | 5,009
13 Mar 2018 #12
Nice car man - I love AMG's...

Yes, you will pay a larger tax due to engine size. Also, you'll spend a lot of money filling up that beautiful engine's gas tank. Gas is far pricier in PL than US/Canada. V8's are pretty rare on even the larger German cars in PL - a lot use smaller turbo'd engines, diesels, etc. Even a 3.5l V6 is considered a fairly large engine by Polish standards.

I know about the process shipping from US but not really Canada. I'm guessing its pretty similar as PL is the destination. Generally you have to own the car for a while I believe 1 year or pay a very large tax (something like a third of the value). Back in the day you could send a crate and it would rarely get inspected.. Now there's 3 dudes that inspect each crate - 2 doing an inspection 1 videotaping everything.
dolnoslask 6 | 3,070
13 Mar 2018 #13
extra tax on vehicles with larger engines, my car has a 6.2L engine

I only have a tiny 5 litre engine but as far as I can remember the import tax is based on their valuation of the car.
Alexbrz 3 | 78
14 Mar 2018 #14
Yes, the tax is based on the value of the car, but.... For 2.0 and below its 2.2%, for 2.0 and above its 18.8% of the cars value.

And that is AFTER you pay the tax for importing a car from outside the EU. Im not aware of how high that tax is, but i can assure you its going to be a lot
Tir Auto Sales
1 May 2018 #15
Hello everyone. we are registered omvic dealer in ontario canada and as an exporter car dealer. we ship cars in most country's in europe.we can help to buy and ship the car to your destination.

contact sales@tirautosales
tel: 14166273117
BMW Lover
21 Dec 2018 #16
I hold both canadian and polish nationalities and I own a car for over 5 years and I was thinking of spending 1 year in Poland, as far as I understood that there are 2 types of payment

- customs : if I own car over 6 month and will stay over 1 year in Poland I don't have to pay that
- taxes: for bringing car from outside EU to Poland 23% I have to pay any way

did I get it correct or something is wrong in what I understood
can you please help correcting my info
MoOli 9 | 480
21 Dec 2018 #17
If you are taking your car back ( since you mentioned you will be in Poland only for a year)then better of driving with Canadian plates because if you change plates to Polish ones you will never be able to take your Polish car back to Canada.To do this there are agents everywhere on Gdynia port for 2 to 400pln they will do the paperwork and you will get your car out from the port in 1 day.You can ask uzad celny every 6 months to extend the stay of the car without paying any taxes and driving with Canadian plates for almost 4/5 years till you keep on asking for extensions every 6 months.And if when they give you a final extension notice then drive it out of the EU to Ukraine and come right back again and the new procedure starts.Only bad thing is that you cannot insure the car fully just with liability insurance.

And if you want to change to Polish plates you will have to pay the agent again and they will exempt all the excise duty provided you have owned the vehicle for over 2 years(they now check on car fax).After 3/500 pln modifications you are good to insure and drive but remember you can not sell the car for 4 years anywhere in the EU and also can never import it back as it is now an Polish car until after 25 years when it is considered an antique.
BMW Lover
21 Dec 2018 #18
we are not planning to bring it back to Canada we will be building house in Poland during this year then we will keep the car in Poland for our use in Poland until we move back permanently

we are not planning to sell the car as it is not old one (we own it for 5 years) and very safe for our little kids
MoOli 9 | 480
21 Dec 2018 #19
In that case you will have to pay duty almost 43%(I am not sure).But incase you want to keep it there you can pay 4/500pln for modifications but still uzad celny will require you to come through and agent who will also charge cpl of hundred.But still you wont be able to sell it for 2 to 4 years provided the car is owned by you in a foreign country for the last 2 years.
BAMM - | 1
28 Jan 2019 #20
Hi everyone,

Does anyone know how easy or hard is it to export or ship a car from Poland to Canada.
I've recently found a 17 years old car in Poland which I like to purchase and import to my home town in Canada but I'm told it's apparently not as easy as importing from any other country in West Europe!

So is it true? Is ic complicated to import the car from Poland? What dies it take, what kind of documents?
I've imported cars from Germany and France as well as Netherlands with the usual headeach and paperworks but nothing too complicated, and I thought since there are no more borders between east and west Europ tgen it should be as easy to import from east Europ ie Poland to Canada.

Can anyone please help me out here, much appreciate it.
Dirk diggler 10 | 5,009
28 Jan 2019 #21
It's not difficult, just can be expensive in some cases. I don't know the exact laws but I've heard there can be as much as a 23% VAT tax. It also depends on how long you owned the car if it's an older car you've owned for a while the vat doesn't apply to my understanding.

There are two companies that deal with shipping cars and other items to Poland that are well known amongst Polonia in North America. One is called Polamer, the other is called Doma. I recommend you give them a call. I sent a 1973 Saab Sonnett III a few years back to Czech Republic through a shipping company and they took care of everything. It cost me I believe around $1,500 USD.
Krakowkhan 3 | 6
18 Nov 2020 #22

Information on importing car from America to Poland

Hi guys, hope everyone is well.
I hope someone can help me with a few questions regarding importing a car into Poland from the USA . Is there a shipping company in Poland who specialise in importing cars for people? I have searched google and my mind is a mush lol.. so much info and many different answers.

Also what customs duty and taxes would need to be paid? The car is about 15 years old and under a 2.0 litre engine. Hope someone can help.
Cargo pants 3 | 1,089
18 Nov 2020 #23
If you go to Gdynia where the shipyard is you will find plenty of clearance agents,who will do the paperwork for you and you can personally go and get the container opened and get your car(lol make sure you have that green or orange neon jacket for the tarmac as they are very strict about it now),custom agents are cheap around 3/400 pln.

If the car is registered to the reciever in Poland for 2 years there will be no duty just normal paperwork which is done by the custom agent for 2/300 pln again.There are always agents around custom office,very easy to find and also custom people will mostly not entertain you without an agent,its same in the USA also.15 year old car I think will be a problem but new cars if imported are almost 53%,tax,duty etc,but all is waived if you have owned the car for 2 years out of the EU.

OR,you can get the USA registered car with American plates for 6 months and write a letter for extension to the Uzad Celny ,and can do that for 2/3 years then just drive the car out of the EU(Ukraine is the best choice) close your old import file and drive back in Poland and start the procedure again.But if you want to register in Poland then modifications cost around 1000Pln

lol also never lie to customs as they have access to car fax & kellys blue book for the price of the car.
matx1985 - | 1
1 Dec 2020 #24
I bought a damaged vehicle from the auction and Im planing to send it to Europe. I was told that I ll need to provide a registration upon custom in Europe, At the registry i was informed that vehicle needs to pass inspection where I would like to send a damaged vehicle. Would you know how to handle this situation ?

Dirk diggler 10 | 5,009
2 Dec 2020 #25
Did you buy the vehicle in the USA and if so I'm assuming it probably has a salvage title? Are you planning to flip it or keep it for yourself?

Getting salvage/rebuilds into the EU for flipping is tricky and not worth the hassle imo.
Cargo pants 3 | 1,089
3 Dec 2020 #26
probably has a salvage title?

Most likely and that game of bringing those cars is over decades.Now most pole has access to carfax and for 2$ gets an instant history of the car.The cars I took to Poland and bought back even show on car fax that they were exported to Poland and bought back with there real dates.
Dirk diggler 10 | 5,009
4 Dec 2020 #27
Yeah that stopped early 00's. A lot of Polish guys were involved in buying auction cars, getting the title redone to clear or swapping vins and then shipping them off. I shipped a few cars to Czech Republic, but never Poland.
Cargo pants 3 | 1,089
4 Dec 2020 #28
A lot of Polish guys were involved in buying auction car

Yeah I know couple and after some years when some people found out they had to refund them.Those days even Uzad celny could be bought,I know lots of Hindushs who would bring stuff by the containers esp fabric and triple there money bribing cpl grand of zlotays,I still hear stories about making $$$ by the suitcases in Warsaw and now most are settled in Janki &Pabaniesta(wrong spelling) by warsaw.
Dirk diggler 10 | 5,009
4 Dec 2020 #29
Yeah those were the good old days.... life was simpler and much easier to do business person to person. the EU ****** it all up. It's insane how much paperwork and money is spent on just the administrative aspect of shipping goods internationally, not to mention time. We wait 4 months now for a container from Poland before it clears all the ports and customs.
Cargo pants 3 | 1,089
4 Dec 2020 #30
Yup man I took my first trial car filled with vcrs,tvs and lots of other crap with no ujzad celny problems and now they even write the motor oil,bike carriers etc on import form.When i send the car back I have to explain what I did with it.I will call you jutro wiechorum.

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