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If you are moving to another EU country with your car, you should know that vehicle registration is subject to specific rules depending on whether you are moving temporarily or permanently, the length of your stay and the country you are moving to.
There are no common EU rules on vehicle registration and vehicle-related taxes. Some countries have tax exemption rules for vehicle registration in case of a permanent move from one country to another.
If you move temporarily to another EU country and do not change your usual residence, you will not have to register your car in that other country and pay registration taxes there. You will be able to keep the car registered in your country of usual residence.
If you work in one place but your personal ties are in another EU country, your usual residence is usually considered to be in the EU country with which you have personal ties, as long as you return to that country regularly.
The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, what we all know as Brexit, has led to many doubts about how to import a car after the signing of the measures that became effective on January 1, 2021, and that have meant a border with the rest of Europe.
This has consequences for the European market and therefore for the import of vehicles. From now on, all goods will be subject to supervision and customs control, which means an increase in prices.
Since the signing of the Brexit agreement, for the purposes of importing a vehicle, the United Kingdom is now a third country. This means that from January 2021, a customs declaration must be completed when exporting goods, as well as to the rest of the world from countries outside the EU. In this article we explain the difference between importing a car from the EU or from outside the EU.
Importing a car from the UK after Brexit means an economic increase for the import. Cars will pay more taxes when being exported and imported from the UK and there is a series of formalities to be carried out during the import process, which in the case of being within the European Union, would not be necessary:
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Many cities have established or announced environmental zones to reduce pollution in their city centers. Vehicles with particularly poor exhaust emission values, such as older diesel vehicles without a particulate reduction system (particulate filter) and vehicles with gasoline engines without sophisticated exhaust gas cleaning (regulated catalytic converter), are not allowed to enter the environmental zones.
The driving ban initially applied only to vehicles without a sticker or with a red sticker. Today, only low-emission vehicles or motor vehicles with special rights are allowed to drive in the designated zones.
The term “fine dust” refers to particles produced, for example, by a combustion process. Harmful gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ammonia are also produced as a result. The Federal Environment Agency annually measures fine dust values in Germany and requires stricter limit values. More detailed data and assessments can be found here .
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Drivers traveling to and from the EU must be aware of the rules on the food, drink and plants for their own use that they can take with them. These rules apply to products carried on their person, in their luggage or in the vehicle.
Drivers cannot carry products with meat or dairy products (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich or coffee with milk) when entering (currently) or leaving the EU (from January 1, 2022). Almost all plants and plant products, including fruit, vegetables and flowers and seeds, require a phytosanitary certificate before entering the EU.
If drivers carry prohibited products with them, or do not have the necessary certificate, they will have to use, consume or throw them away at the border or before reaching the border. If they fail to do so, they could be confiscated and destroyed at the risk of costs and fines.