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Importing my car - taxes?

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SectionOne
6/10/2019 12:05 EST

Hi,

I've read here that non-EU citizens importing a car that is more than 1 year old, don't need to pay import taxes.

When can I find an official text stating this?
Because the customs agents at the port want me to pay 30% import tax.

https://www.expatfocus.com/destinations/italy/guide/vehicle-import

Thank you.

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Ugo
7/2/2019 18:40 EST

you will certainly spend much less if you decide to import the Columbia space shuttle in Italy and also save on the purchase of antidepressants .....

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Shtinky
7/9/2019 06:54 EST

Hi, I’m afraid I don’t have info on taxes. Have you already imported your car here? Is it at the port? If it’s here, then the advice to not do it isn’t helpful.

But I have a link to a fellow expat’s experiences bringing his Mini Cooper over. It could provide some helpful info. And I assume you are either an Italian citizen or already have your Residency here. Otherwise you can’t register a car. Here are the links.

This is a sad story.
Part 1 – https://ridgewayaway.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/our-greatest-expat-mistake/

Part 2 – https://ridgewayaway.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/getting-nowhere-importing-a-car-part-2/

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SectionOne
7/9/2019 06:58 EST

Car already here.
So far I don't see any problems registering it.

Still arguing with the tax authorities about whether or not I should pay import tax.

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Shtinky
7/9/2019 08:00 EST

Googled and found some stuff. The shipping companies have all this info. Won’t your shipping company do this for you? I would assume they know the ropes. All the sites have the info.
This quote from shipoverseas.com: “As for non-Italian citizens, it is possible to import one car duty-free, as long as they provide the Certificate of Origin as proof they have owned and used the car for a minimum of one year.”

The tariffs for customs clearance are set at the European Union level. I went to European university institute website (www.eui.eu) same info “Non-EU citizens can import a vehicle duty-free on providing proof of ownership of over 1 year.” And another possibly helpful link http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/index_en.htm

I finally found the official EU VAT site with much info
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/individuals/car-taxation/buying-selling-cars_en

In bocca al lupo!

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SectionOne
7/9/2019 08:08 EST

The shipping agecy that handled the release of my car does what the custom agents in the port tells them.
And they gave them a bill for me for 30% import tax.
So now i'm trying to reslove this with the customs agency in my city.

Thanks for the links. I'll look them over.

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