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    Importing for use in France

    Has anyone bought a Mustang or similar in the states for use in Europe, and imported it through the UK ?.

    Equally, if you've bought something in the US and had it shipped direct to the EU, I would be interested in how that went.

    I'm there next week and if I saw something too good to miss I would like to understand the pitfalls beforehand.

    Cheers in advance.




    #2
    If you import to the UK you will pay import duty (for a classic) or import duty and VAT (for a modern) then you will pay import duty and VAT when you import from the UK to France. Very expensive way of doing it as far as I understand it
    Last edited by pmustang; 04-09-2022, 06:12 AM.
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      #3
      Many thanks for that, so no point keeping it/registering it in the UK and paying the costs twice. Straight through the UK and onto France seems the answer. If asked why not straight US to France, answer is with my level of French and France's level of bureaucracy I'd sooner go through on Brittany ferries.

      In all honesty there's a shedload of good 4x4 that are very tempting ,

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        #4
        I would speak to someone in shipping, I am assuming you want it to land in the UK and then drive to the ferry? It will not be released to you without all the duty and such being paid. You need, I believe, to go straight to France from the USA
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        We specialise in 1965-1968 Mustang Fastbacks. We usually have 10-15 Fastbacks in stock in the UK at all times CSRP disk brake setups sold

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          #5
          Originally posted by maxcaddy View Post
          If asked why not straight US to France, answer is with my level of French and France's level of bureaucracy I'd sooner go through on Brittany ferries.

          It won't be any easier, if fact probably harder.

          I can guarantee that all paperwork associated with importing anything into France will need to be in French and on French paperwork and any conversations with French officials will have to be in French.

          You need a French based / speaking import agent.

          I've got friends who moved to France 20 years ago, when they tried to register their modern Morgan the local vehicle office refused as they had never dealt with a Morgan with a Rover K series engine in, (they'd done other engines) so had no data for it (the equivalent of a model report for the DVLA).

          It took him months to find another vehicle office that had done his combination and get a copy of their report.

          You'll need to make sure that if you import any vehicle that they will actually register it.

          As well as that, he had his 70th birthday a couple of year ago and his U.K driving licence expired.
          Following Brexit U.K licences are still valid but if you aren't resident in the U.K you can't renew and France hadn't sorted out the licence exchange system, so he was unable to drive for over a year.
          Eventually they issued temporary exchange licences, valid only in France, so now he can't drive in the U.K when they come over.

          His other alternative was to take a French driving test, but that's done in French language and he doesn't speak it fluently, his younger wife does, but like the U.K they don't allow interpreters.
          Last edited by mad4v8; 09-09-2022, 09:13 AM.
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            Originally posted by pmustang View Post
            I would speak to someone in shipping, I am assuming you want it to land in the UK and then drive to the ferry? It will not be released to you without all the duty and such being paid. You need, I believe, to go straight to France from the USA
            That sums it up, but I was given a 'surprise' holiday and suddenly find myself in the US, with a shedload of available tasty motors that would be great to bring back. However I probably just won't have enough time to sort anything this time around .



            Originally posted by mad4v8 View Post

            It won't be any easier, if fact probably harder.

            I can guarantee that all paperwork associated with importing anything into France will need to be in French and on French paperwork and any conversations with French officials will have to be in French.

            You need a French based / speaking import agent.

            Yep been through the registration issues earlier this year with a Stilo Abarth, you just have to be patient with them . Also aware of the Licence problems. As agreed with 'pmustang' above, it's a 'project' that will a degree more planning than I have time for at the moment. Pity though .

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