How to import your vehicle into Greece from the UK including a comprehensive FAQ guide
For over 39 years, PSS Removals has been car shipping to Greece. We have a wealth of experience with shipping to popular cities in Greece such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Piraeus, Crete, Rhodes and more.
Whether it is shipping your car to Greece, or another country, we always ensure that we provide the very best service for our valued customers. We offer many options for international vehicle transport to Greece. So, whatever your personal car transport needs are, we can tailor your shipment to your needs.
If you need any advice with moving to Greece, or if you want a no-obligation car shipping quote, then call us on 0800 988 3711. You can also see our vehicle shipping FAQ guide below for more information.
Our expert car shippers will work with you to discover the best method of exporting your vehicle to Greece that is most suited to your individual importing needs. You can have your car shipped in a container on its own or with the other household goods you are shipping. We can also offer a roll on/roll off or lift on/lift off method for exporting your car to Greece.
Is it worth shipping your car to Greece?
The cost of shipping your vehicle from the United Kingdom is often a lot less than replacing it and when you are moving to Greece you will want to save as much money as you can. To decide whether it is worth shipping your car to Greece you first need to check if it is allowed under Greek car import rules. Then you need to weigh up the costs of shipping and importing versus the cost of replacing the car in Greece.
Some people advise that it’s not worth considering due to the paperwork involved, but when you have an expert car shipping company such as PSS to guide you, the actual process of shipping your car to Greece is not too difficult.
Why should you trust PSS Removals?
PSS are one of the UK’s leading personal shipping companies helping people move to destinations all of the world – including Greece. We are proud members of the FIDI Global Alliance, as well as being accredited by the FAIM Quality Standard for overseas removals. This means that we have been recognised for our ability to provide a professional, expert car shipping service to Greece.
It can bring you comfort to know that we also offer the BAR Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme, which means your car shipping to Greece costs are protected. As a leading UK car shipping company with many happy customers who have chosen us to ship their vehicle.
Shipping your car to Greece is easy with PSS
Check suitability for importing
Ensure your vehicle meets requirements & apply for import approval if needed.
Prepare your vehicle for shipping
Make sure your car is clean & ready for shipping.
We collect and ship your vehicle
We load your car onto container at your address or you deliver it to the port / our depot.
Arrival & Customs Clearance
On arrival will take care of customs clearance & arrange for you to collect your vehicle.
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A FAQ Guide to Shipping Your Vehicle To Greece
How much does it cost to ship a car or vehicle to Greece?
There are a number of costs you need to consider when transporting your car to Greece – not just the shipping cost. Beware of quotes that are only port-to-port where you have to organise delivery, collection and take care of all the customs procedures.
Our price includes door-to-door pick and delivery as well as basic customs clearance costs. Costs for Scotland, Wales and Ireland can vary.
There are however a number of other costs you need to consider when importing into Greece. These include:
- Additional customs and quarantine costs including inspection fees, cleaning, port service fees etc.
- Taxes and duties – If you are moving to Greece you are entitled to import one vehicle duty free as long as you meet the criteria. Otherwise, your car may be subject to import duties an taxes.
- Compliance and modification costs – if necessary for your vehicle to meet Greek standards and guidelines.
- Vehicle Registration – you will need to register your vehicle in the relevant state before you can drive on local roads.
- Marine Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover – Your standard motor insurance policy will not cover you for international shipping so you will need to take out additional cover.
How long does it take to ship a car to Greece from the UK?
If you are shipping your vehicle as groupage in a shared container it will take 14-28 days.
If you are shipping your vehicle with your belongings in a sole use container (FCL – Full Container Load) it will take around 7 days.
You will also need to allow additional time for customs clearance and quarantine inspection.
How do you import a vehicle into Greece from the UK?
There are a number of steps to importing a car or other vehicle to Greece, but they can be done quite simply with the guidance of a shipping company like PSS.
- Check the viability of importing your car to Greece
- Organise your shipping company
- Get shipping insurance or shipment protection cover
- Complete shipping forms and gather necessary documentation
- On arrival arrange customs clearance and quarantine inspection
- Register your vehicle in Greece
- Arrange delivery or collect your vehicle
What documentation is required to import a vehicle into Greece from the UK?
The documentation and forms required to ship and import your vehicle can vary on your situation and the current procedures.
You will be assigned a Move Manager who will be able to guide you through what is required.
It may include:
- A copy of your driver’s licence
- A copy of the vehicles V5 (Licence Document / Log Book) for your vehicle.
- A copy of your Passport
- Purchase receipt / proof of ownership
- Evidence of residency
- Greece customs form
- Shipment Protection Cover form
Greek customs requires additional information:
- Original title of vehicle and / or
- Original registration card
- Conformity certificate from European dealer
- Copy of driving license
- Greek or International Insurance
- Authorization form
- Declaration from
- EORI application form
- EORI declaration form
- Photocopy of passport (valid)
- Electronic authorization (related instructions are provided).
According to new customs procedures, it is mandatory that authorization is done also online.
The above form is provided by destination agent locally and needs to be legalised by Greek authorities (i.e. any police station or K.E.P. center in Greece). Alternatively, this can be done at any Greek Embassy/Consulate abroad.
What are the vehicle import requirements for Greece??
- As a tourist: Temporary customs clearance. Customer can drive vehicle in Greece with foreign plates for six months. After that period vehicle has to be re-exported or registered in Greece and get Greek plates
- Payment of taxes/duties when applicable the amount depends on vehicle’s cc, model, type, and gas exhaust measurements etc.
- Certificate of repatriation: Tax & duty free status. Customer will pay for registration fees and any other local tax fee.
- As a diplomat: diplomatic franchise required.
Regarding motorbikes, their chassis has to have at least seventeen (17) digits.
Either car or motorbike has to be under the latest European manufacturing standards (in order to get Greek plates.
It is highly recommended that you contact your destination agent to determine first of all if vehicle can be registered into Greece and if so what the cost would be.
What are the options for shipping your car to Greece?
PSS Removals offers a range of car shipping to Greece options. See below our options, and choose whichever is best for you and your needs. If you are unsure our vehicle shipping experts will be able to advise you.
Option A: Car and household items
It could be a good idea to combine your car shipment and household items together in one load. Our team can bring a shipping container to your home, then carefully secure your vehicle inside for car shipping to Greece. Any remaining space can then be put to use for your household goods and homewares. If you’re moving to Greece and you need to send over a number of items, then this is a great shipment option for you.
We will expertly pack and wrap your items using industry-approved materials and expert handling. They will then be placed in the container alongside the secured vehicle. At your door, we will seal the container with a customs seal before taking it to the UK port terminal for placement on the vessel. From there, the process of household and car transport to Greece will take place.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch for a car shipping quote or any advice on this option (or other options and their car shipping rates).
Option B: Car only
On the other hand, you may need to only send your car abroad. In this case, you can make use of our car-only auto transport option. You will have your very own sole-use container that holds your car (or other vehicle) securely inside for shipment to Greece.
This can be arranged at your place of residence, at a PSS warehouse, or a shipping line container depot – to suit you and your preferences. Then, the car will be loaded onto a vessel for UK to Greece car transport.
Again, if you need a car shipping quote, or further details about our services and moving to Greece, simply give us a call on 0800 988 3711.
Option C: Roll On/ Roll Off (RORO) or Lift On/ Lift Off (LOLO)
This last option is only available at selected ports.
Speak to our team today to see if this is an option for you. It will involve driving your vehicle onto the vessel to then be secured for auto transport to Greece. Then, it is driven off again once it arrives in Greece.
There some disadvantages to this option as your car or vehicle does not receive the same protection it would do if sealed in its own container.
However, this option is useful for larger vehicles such as vans, motorhomes and caravans which may be too wide to fit into a standard shipping container.
Please call us on 0800 988 3711 if you wish to discuss whether this is an option for you.
Can you ship your car with personal belongings inside?
It may be possible to ship your car with a few boxes of personal belongings inside. However, it is best to seek advice from one of our international removal consultants first as there are some restrictions.
Remember that all your belongings will be subject to the usual customs requirements and quarantine inspections so don’t think you can cram your car fall.
We do offer very cost effective options for shipping your belongings with your car so please ask us for more details.
How to prepare your car for shipping to Greece?
We recommend that your car including engine and undercarriage is professionally steam cleaned.
However, we do not recommend that the interior is valeted as this can result in mould and mildew during the voyage.
It is also advisable that your vehicle has a full service and check over before it is shipped.
How to ship a motorhome or van to Greece?
The shipping of motorhomes and vans to Greece is very similar to cars.
If your vehicle is too wide or tall to fit into a shipping container, then it will need to travel as roll-on / roll-off or lift-on / lift-off.
Motorhomes and vans may also be subject to different rates of tax and duty.
How to ship caravans, boats and other vehicles to Greece?
All types of vehicles can be shipped to Greece including caravans, boats, trailers, quad bikes, jet skis and anything else you can think of!
For small vehicles, the best method is to ship them in a container with your other possessions or we can arrange a shared container.
The door sizes of standard shipping containers are about 7’8” (2.28m) wide or 7’5” (2.26m) high. These sizes can vary between shipping companies, but if your vehicle is larger you may need to use RORO or LOLO shipping services.
How to ship and import classic cars to Greece?
A lot of people choose to import an older or classic car to Greece. For example, enthusiast, classic or historic motor vehicles that are destined for restoration and hobby use in car clubs.
For classic cars we highly recommend container shipping rather than RORO / LOLO as it offers greater protection.
Customs requirements may also differ.
When shipping valuable cars, you can be sure that our team takes special care to ensure it’s securely and safely packed for its journey.
How to ship a motorcycle to Greece?
To ship a motorbike to Greece you will need to follow a similar import process as for cars.
For the actual shipping, your bike would be secured in a shipping container, often in a wooden crate to ensure it is fully protected during transportation.
Your motorcycle or quad bike can be sent in a sole use container with your other possessions or in a shared container with other people’s belongings.
Customs requirements regarding motorbikes is that their chassis has to have at least seventeen (17) digits.
Your motorbike has to be under the latest European manufacturing standards (in order to get Greek plates).
Customs Duty and Taxes for Greece
PSS and our local agent can take care of all the customs clearance procedures for you, however you will need to pay duties and taxes due on arrival.
Greece has different rules depending on whether you are a European Union citizen or from a country outside of the EU.
Either way if you are moving to Greece and make it your place or normal residency, you may be entitled to relief from import and excise duties and VAT.
For more details on customs requirements including duties and taxes, please check the FIDI Customs Guide for Greece.
Delivery and Collection of Your car
Once your car arrives after international car transport to Greece, you will be contacted by our team. We will then handle all the customs paperwork with you or on your behalf, though we do recommend that you be at hand to ensure the process runs smoothly. Make sure you are familiar with the customs process and documentation required.
Once all is done, we will make reservations with you to give your car back safely. Depending on your situation we can arrange for you to collect it from our port depot or delivery it to your address.
Do I need shipping insurance or shipment protection cover?
We try to do everything we can to protect your vehicle before, during and after car transport to Greece. As industry professionals, we’re proud to say that there are never any major issues. However, it is always a good idea to be protected in case anything does happen.
Your usual motor insurance policy will not cover you for international vehicle transportation. This is why we have a carefully designed Shipment Protection cover to protect your vehicle in case of loss or damage.
Our Shipment Protection cover is backed by Basil Fry and Company and is based on the conditions recommended by the British Association of Removers. This means your car is in safe hands during the whole process. Rest assured that your protection starts as soon as your car is with our team.
For this reason, you can trust PSS Removals with your car shipping to Greece and support throughout the entire process. So, the process is made easy when you opt to ship your car to Greece with us.
How to ship your car from Greece to the UK?
We can also arrange for your car or other vehicle to be transported from Greece to the UK. Similar shipping options apply and it can be cost effective to ship your vehicle with your other possessions.
Contact us at our UK office and we’ll put you in contact with our team in Greece who will be able to advise you on the whole process and give you a cost effective quote.