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Importing And Re-Registering A Car In Cyprus

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 by

Taking A Car To Cyprus From The UK:

Shipping a car to Cyprus is not such a massive task as you may think and can work out a lot cheaper than actually buying one on the island.
The first thing you must ensure is that you have owned the vehicle within an EU country for atleast 6 months and have also coverd more than 4000 miles of driving whilst in your ownership. The next thing to do is find a shipping company. This can easily be done through some swift searches on your search engine. Then just make some telephone calls and get the current prices, a typical price to pay is around £750.00 but you are advised to only take this figure as a benchmark.

Once your car arrives in Cyprus (usually Limasol), your clearing agent will contact you to arrange a suitable time for them to accompany you to the port, so that you can clear the car with all the relevant documents. These include your passport, driving license, vehicle registration or logbook, a valid tax disc (for at least 6 months), valid insurance (for at least 6 months), the loading list receipt and documents that give proof of your country of normal residence. Your clearing agent will take care of everything while you wait, for a fee of around £150.00 (includes port and clearance charges). Although you can go to the port yourself rather than using a clearing agent, but please make sure you research this avenue carefully. It is also worth remembering that your vehicle must be in your ownership for at least 6 months prior to moving to Cyprus.

When your vehicle has cleared, the Department of Customs and Excise will issue a C104A form for a temporary period to enable you to then complete the appropriate documents and register your vehicle on Cypriot plates. The maximum temporary period can be extended to 6 months from date of entry. All private motor vehicles and motorcycles of EU citizens intending to become established in Cyprus are subject to excise duties when the engine size exceeds 100 cc. Those retiring to Cyprus, or applying for a permanent residence permit and not planning to work are not required to pay excise duty, once approved by the Department of Customs and Excise.

After you have paid your excise duty, you should contact the Road Traffic Department for information about the provisions on vehicle registration tax and road tax. These will vary according to your engine size. In order to be registered in Cyprus, a vehicle being transferred by a European citizen must be given a technical inspection (MOT) before undergoing a relevant inspection by a state technical inspection centre. When the vehicle has passed both of the technical inspections it can be registered in accordance with the relevant legislation.

The current rates for importing a vehicle to Cyprus are below. These are based on per CC x Euro, these rates could change though so it may be an idea to make an up to date check via this Cyprus government link.

**100cc – 1650cc Eu 0,51
**1651cc – 2250cc Eu 3,42
**2251cc – 3000cc Eu 5,98
**exceeding 3000cc Eu 7,69

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