COMMON VEHICLE IMPORT COSTS
Importing a vehicle to the United Kingdom means being prepared for how much it will cost. Apart of the price for the car transportation, you may be surprised to find several other associated items on your bill. Trans Global Logistics UK Ltd doesn’t want you to be thrown for a loop by the price of importing and shipping. Here are five unexpected vehicle import costs that you should know about before importing your vehicle.
It’s important to remember that the ocean carrier transport is only one part of the journey. Other car import costs include the price of transporting the car to the shipping company’s office, or port and a fee for transporting the vehicle to your destination.
INTERNATIONAL BANK FEES
Bank transfers sent through international banks often come with additional fees. In certain cases, your payment may be routed through several different institutions, each imposing its own fee. Using a good bank account may cut down on these vehicle-import costs. We recommend speaking with your bank advisors first.
CUSTOMS INSPECTIONS FEES
Customs officials may decide to inspect the container your vehicle occupies during its travels, if not your vehicle itself. If they do, then you’re responsible for paying thousands of pounds in inspection fees as part of your total car import costs. Fortunately, such random inspections are exceedingly rare.
Buying insurance coverage for your car during transit is a good idea, but it’s not often that international buyers are prepared to pay for it. They may assume the ocean carrier will pay for any damages incurred during the crossing, but that’s not the case. Carriers are required by law to pay only a tiny reimbursement for any damage to the contents of a shipping container. In any event, spending a little more on insurance is better than paying for a repair of an expensive or antique vehicle. It adds to your vehicle import costs, but it’s not as expensive as repairing damages.
VARIOUS DESTINATION CHARGES
You may have to pay miscellaneous car import costs for storage, unloading, collecting the container, and transporting it to the warehouse. Whatever these charges add up to in your situation, they will most likely be included in your shipping company’s quoted rate.
The thrill of becoming an international car buyer can be tempered once you realize all of the associated car import costs that go with it. However, if you prepare yourself in advance, then you’ll enjoy a much smoother transaction. Chat with a shipping expert at Trans Global Logistics to delve into the details of international vehicle transport.