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Export and Import of Motor Vehicles
Motor vehicles (e.g. cars, motor bikes, etc.) can be shipped to and from most countries. However, import restrictions apply in most countries and normally vary depending on your status (e.g. returning resident, new resident, diplomat). In most cases you will have to pay import duties on your motor vehicle.

If you are planning to include a motor vehicle in your household goods shipment, please mention this to your international moving consultant at the time of your pre-move survey and provide him or her with the specifications of your vehicle. Depending on the particular vehicle, its length, width and height your moving company can determine the volume it will take up in the truck or container and provide you with a quotation.

Allied Pickfords will advise you on which customs formalities have to be carried out to export your motor vehicle from your origin country and import it to your destination country. We also offer full motor vehicle insurance cover.
1. Exporting a Motor Vehicle from Russia
Russian customs do not charge export duties for personal motor vehicles when taking them out of the country. The export procedure varies however depending on the status of the exporter and the status of the motor vehicle in Russia (e.g., brought into Russia under a temporary import regime; imported to Russia but full customs duties were paid upon importation; car purchased in Russia). The fact that a motor vehicle can be exported from Russia does not necessarily mean that it can be imported to your destination country. Import regulations vary: some countries have very strict regulations for the import of motor vehicles while regulations in others are less stringent. Many countries charge import duties for personal motor vehicles.

There might also be restrictions as to the number of motor vehicles that can be imported by one person within a certain period of time. Furthermore, restrictions concerning emission standards and other technical specifications might be in effect in your destination country.

Before making the decision to ship your motor vehicle abroad, make sure you are fully aware of the regulations regarding the import of your motor vehicle to your destination country, the amount of import customs duties involved (if any), the paperwork and documents that have to be completed as well as any physical changes to the motor vehicle that might be necessary to obtain registration in your destination country.
2. Importing a Motor Vehicle to Russia
Russian customs charge import customs duties on personal motor vehicles, with the exception of motor vehicles belonging to foreign diplomats.

In order to transport a motor vehicle across the Russian border, the importer must pay a deposit to Moscow customs in advance. The amount of the deposit depends on year of manufacturing and the engine volume in c.c.

At the beginning of 2002, the deposit amounts were as follows:

Cars over 3 years old with an engine volume of under 2500 c.c: 1,500 Euro
Cars over 3 years old with an engine volume of over 2500 c.c: 3,500 Euro
Cars under 3 years old with an engine volume of under 2500 c.c: 7,000 Euro
Cars under 3 years old with an engine volume of over 2500 c.c: 15,000 Euro

(The above prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice).

The deposit can be used at the moment of import customs clearance in payment of import customs duties.

The deposit does not always fully cover the full amount of import duties that you will be charged for your motor vehicle when bringing it into Russia. The actual amount of import customs duties will depend on the value of the car, the year of manufacturing, the engine type and volume in c.c. and the engine horse power.
DISCLAIMER - The above information was compiled by Allied Pickfords Moscow and is distributed on an “AS IS” basis, without warranty. Please note that customs regulations are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. The preceding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to the export and import of motor vehicles from and to the Russian Federation and is being provided for general guidance only. Allied Pickfords cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, loss or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance with Russian Federation customs regulations or alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly by the information provided here.
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