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I have had conflicting advice regarding shipping my car over. Some have said that cars here are very expensive and I would be best shipping the car I still have in the UK. Others have said I will be slammed with tax. It is in Scotland just now. Any advice from someone who has already done it?

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Well you have come to the right place I have just done it today and collected my car. It is really really easy I paid around £1000 to do it in total and Found it easy I wouldn't get a clearing agent either as thats around 100 euros for a few hours work.

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I have had conflicting advice regarding shipping my car over. Some have said that cars here are very expensive and I would be best shipping the car I still have in the UK. Others have said I will be slammed with tax. It is in Scotland just now. Any advice from someone who has already done it?
It is true, secondhand cars are more expensive here so if you are expecting to lose a lot if you sell your car in England then shipping it is worth serious consideration. If you are coming here to work then you may well end up paying excise duty. If you are coming as retired then you may be able to get exemption.

We shipped our Land Rover over in our container. The shipping agent was supplied by the removal company and was absolutely super. He arranged all the paperwork and the fees in advance so our visit to Limassol Customs to collect the car was just a paper stamping exercise. There was a lady there who was not using an agent and she was given a terrible run-around. Unfortunately she couldn't speak Greek and was having difficulty understanding where she was supposed to go and what she was supposed to do. Based on what we saw, we would recommend using an agent!

We have just got our letter telling us that we have been granted tax exemption and can now go and get our car registered. It has taken 5 months to get this far. All we have paid to get the car and the furniture cleared and out of customs is 272 Euros

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I have to diagree my Mother and I went no agents just the two of us and we walked in asked the people were we need to be went up get stamped went to pay the charges for storage then to the security for a pass I would say it took us 2 hours max.

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I have had conflicting advice regarding shipping my car over. Some have said that cars here are very expensive and I would be best shipping the car I still have in the UK. Others have said I will be slammed with tax. It is in Scotland just now. Any advice from someone who has already done it?
It sounds to me as if Olibs Mum's car was in a bonded pound. If you are coming to Cyprus on holiday regularly you can bring a car over and leave it in a bonded warehouse and use it for 163 (might be 183)) days a year without paying duty. All you pay are the storage charges for the time when you can't use it. Many people do this and I gather the storage charges are very reasonable.

What we have done is to officially export our car from the UK to Cyprus as we now live here permanently. This means it will be re-registered with a Cypriot number plate. When we have completed the process I will document the procedure on the website as people often ask how to do it. In the meantime, if you want to know more please feel free to PM me.

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I have had conflicting advice regarding shipping my car over. Some have said that cars here are very expensive and I would be best shipping the car I still have in the UK. Others have said I will be slammed with tax. It is in Scotland just now. Any advice from someone who has already done it?
Shiped my car to Cyprus Via Southampton, Gramaldi Lines cost 450 + 180Agents fee for receiving it in Limmasol, then import duty. Import duty can cost you more tha the value of the car, example, if you have a 2ltr car the rate will be 6 per cc, 2000 x 6 = 16,000 if it is over 5 years old + 25% more = 20,000 is it worth it? please find out if these rates are still operating after entering the EC, by the way that was Cyprus Pounds Luckly my car is only 1.1 ltr at 50p per ltr, they have a sliding scale, they do not want imports, they want you to purchase Cyprus Cars from Cypriots, cant blame them for that can you?

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Shiped my car to Cyprus Via Southampton, Gramaldi Lines cost 450 + 180Agents fee for receiving it in Limmasol, then import duty. Import duty can cost you more tha the value of the car, example, if you have a 2ltr car the rate will be 6 per cc, 2000 x 6 = 16,000 if it is over 5 years old + 25% more = 20,000 is it worth it? please find out if these rates are still operating after entering the EC, by the way that was Cyprus Pounds Luckly my car is only 1.1 ltr at 50p per ltr, they have a sliding scale, they do not want imports, they want you to purchase Cyprus Cars from Cypriots, cant blame them for that can you?
The rates have changed. They can be found along with the rules and other info on the Cyprus Ministry of Finance website, customs & excise section.

They are based on the cc. The sliding scale is as follows
0 - 1650cc Eu 0,51
1651 - 2250cc Eu 3,42
2251 - 3000cc Eu 5,98
exceeding 3000cc Eu 7,69

As you say, you multiply your cc by the relevant charge. On top of this you will have to pay for a new MOT, your car tax and to register the car.

Registration for our Freelander is going to cost Eu 985 We paid Eu 34 for the MOT and Eu 109 to the clearing agent for completion of the SAD form and to acquire the C72. Which you must do to get your car released from the C104O, before you can get your MOT done and the car registered. I suspect that the SAD form could be completed yourself but Larnaca Customs insisted we went to a Clearing Agent. Prior to that we paid Eu272 when our container came in with the car on board. Getting exemption from Excise Duty has cost us nothing but a bit of time, photocopying and 2 visits to Nicosia.

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It is quite pricey then. My car is 4 year old Honda Accord 2000 cc. I might be better flogging it in the UK after all.

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It is quite pricey then. My car is 4 year old Honda Accord 2000 cc. I might be better flogging it in the UK after all.
I have the same problem. My car will be 3yrs old when we move and also a 2litre engine. I'm 43 and too young to retire! Not sure if i'll take a couple of years off until we get settled.
I don't understand why some people manage to get tax exemption and others don't. I've read that if you retire to Cyprus you are fine and pay hardly anything but if not..... you pay over the top tax.
What happens if we prove we don't need income for a few years.... would we be exempt then???
I love my car but its looking like i'm not going to be able to take it with me, therefore i'll loose whatever i choose to do.

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To get the exemption you need to be able to prove that you are receiving a pension. Its not enough to just claim that you don't need to work, you need to provide proof. However, an occupational pension is enough.

The 900 Euros that I was talking about was the charge for registering a car. You have to pay the charge even if you get exemption from Excise Duty.

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