Brexit: what are the consequences of importing a vehicle from the united kingdom?

Brexit et import de vehicules anglais en Europe

Brexit will bring a number of changes to trade and tax relations between the United Kingdom and European Union member states, particularly regarding the importation and registration of vehicles. What are the new procedures?


The main impact of Brexit is the reintroduction of tax borders between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

So if you have found your dream car in England, you now have to pay duty on it, as you would if you were importing from Japan or the USA.

In France, the customs duties that currently apply when the vehicle or motorcycle you purchase crosses the border are 10% plus 20% VAT., depending on your personal situation. The customs clearance certificate 846A will be issued to you after the successful completion of the importation process.

In Belgium, when a vehicle is declared to Belgian customs, import duties of 10% plus VAT of 21. due. The E705 sticker must be requested for the import to be completed.

In Luxembourg you have to declare the vehicle at the main customs office of the EU, if not explicitly requested by you. In this case, you will pay the customs duties and VAT charged in the country where the customs clearance is carried out. You then present the import document received at customs to obtain the 705 badge.

Upon specific request, you can have the vehicle transferred to the Grand Duchy under the T1 external transit procedure. In this case, the import duties of 10% plus 17% VAT. To be paid at customs to the Grand Duchy, which will issue you the 705 sticker, which will allow you to carry out the technical inspection and subsequent registration.

Technical inspection

The effect of Brexit is that the Ministry of Transport/MOT test, which is the English equivalent of our technical inspection, is not valid for the registration of a vehicle imported from the UK. From the end of the transition period, 31. December 2020, it is now mandatory to be able to prove a technical inspection by an approved body in the country of new registration.

As the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union, it does not benefit from mutual recognition of technical inspection certificates.

The European Certificate of Conformity (CoC)

If you import a private or used vehicle registered in the EU from the UK, which was manufactured before Brexit, its chain of custody remains valid and the registration of the vehicle in the countries of the European Union is still possible.

The European Certificate of Conformity is a declaration by the manufacturer, depending on the type of vehicle (car, motorcycle or commercial vehicle), that the vehicle meets the requirements of the EC. The member countries of the EU cannot refuse the registration of a vehicle if it is accompanied by a valid certificate of conformity, by means of which the conformity of the vehicle with the EU law is proven.

So, if your English vehicle has a valid European Certificate of Conformity, the national registration authorities cannot ask you for any additional technical documentation, unless the vehicle has been specifically manufactured for the English market and is not designed for right-hand traffic.

If this is the case, authorities may require a national permit procedure for driving on the right side of the road.

Important information: The chain of custody indicates the technical characteristics of the vehicle, how it was manufactured and approved. It cannot be changed and is valid for the entire life of the vehicle.

An example of a CE-approved chain of custody for the Jaguar brand, approved for right-hand and left-hand traffic, using the imperial and metric systems:

Single vehicle approval (RTI)

The national approval procedure or RTI is carried out by the authority responsible for approvals in the European country where the vehicle is to be registered. This is in France the DREAL, in Belgium BEVASYS, in Luxembourg the SNCA and in Switzerland the ASA.

In France, for example, the RTI may be required of you if the chain of custody of your English vehicle under item 0.6 contains a restriction for driving on the right side, even if the vehicle has successfully passed a technical inspection in France.

The following examples will help you better understand this limitation:

alt=”CoC- vehicule-Mitsubishi-anglais-irlandais” width=”300″ height=”94″ />An excerpt from a European chain of custody for an EC-approved Mitsubishi brand vehicle manufactured specifically for operation in England and Ireland states, “The vehicle may be permanently registered in member states with left-hand traffic and with metric/imperial units on the speedometer without further EC type approval.”

An extract from a chain of custody for a Jeep brand vehicle originally manufactured for the UK market:

“The vehicle can be permanently registered without further EC type-approvals in member states with left-hand traffic and with imperial units on the speedometer.”

If this applies to your vehicle and you are requested to do so by ANTS, you must complete the RTI file for the DREAL in your region, which will carry out the necessary inspections of the low beam, fog lights, rear view mirrors and speedometer, if required for these under item 0.6 a restriction is mentioned.

This inspection, which lasts about one hour, makes it possible to confirm the EC suitability of these various elements and their conformity with road traffic regulations and road safety. It costs 86,90 €.

More information can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union on the registration procedures for motor vehicles. If you are looking for a solution to your registration or licensing problem, you can use the SOLVIT system free of charge.

Would you like to learn more about single vehicle approval? Just read our article: How to proceed with a single vehicle permit for my vehicle?

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