How to bring your car to Ukraine

Hello everybody,

If you exported your car to Ukraine, were there any formalities that needed to be completed beforehand? What were they?

What is the best way to export your car? Is there a limit on the number of vehicles, or perhaps the age of the vehicle? Are there limits on emissions or emission controls in Ukraine?

What are the expected costs of exporting a car? In your opinion, is it worth it?

Once you arrived in Ukraine, what were the applicable taxes? What was the customs process like?

How do you go about registering an imported car in Ukraine?

Is it best to buy a car once you have arrived or to bring your car with you, in your opinion?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bhavna

I bought my car to Ukraine in November 2017. The initial process of bringing the car into the country is quite straight forward.

I arrived from Poland, around 6pm on a Sunday evening. There were a few cars ahead of me, so the queues were quite short. An official asked to see the paperwork for my car and check inside. She checked the contents of my car and asked where I was going.

I then proceeded to the control point. This is where you get a stamp on a piece of paper for immigration and another one for customs. I did not have to pay any fees and I was sent on my way. The whole process took around 30-40 minutes to complete.

With my car in Ukraine, I looked into the possibility of importing it. It was a 2013 Audi A3 1.4 TFSI. So, fairly small engine and has very low emissions. But, the cost to import would be approximately $5000. The car (in the UK) was only worth around $12000, so it did not make financial sense to import it. Especially, as the car was right hand drive.

So, I decided to take it back to the UK and sell it there. But, leaving Ukraine was a lot more difficult. It took over 6 hours to get through the same crossing. There were more people trying to leave at 9pm on a Saturday night and the process seemed to take much longer to get my stamps required.

I decided that it is much better to buy a car in Ukraine, compared with trying to import one. I have heard that you can keep a car in Ukraine for 12 months before needing to import it. Some people simply take the car over the boarder for a day or two and then return with it. I hear this resets the 12 month requirement. I don't want the hassle. Cars are more expensive in Ukraine, but I'd prefer to pay an extra couple of thousand dollars and have a legal, legitimate car, rather than face any issues with police or border controls.

Did you have a registration for the car in your name at the time of the border crossing into Ukraine?

Nocokranian :

Did you have a registration for the car in your name at the time of the border crossing into Ukraine?

Yes, I had all documentation with me, including registration and ownership documents. This was required for me to get the necessary approval to cross the border.

Anyone having experience driving around with a foreign registered car in UA? Is the police stopping you a lot and checking documents and so on? Any problems?

Sanja7 :

Anyone having experience driving around with a foreign registered car in UA? Is the police stopping you a lot and checking documents and so on? Any problems?

I drove my UK-registered car in Ukraine for 3 months without any problems from the Police. I drove most days around my city - Nikolaev - and also made trips to Odessa, Kyiv, Kherson, New Bug and many more other places. I was never once stopped by Police. My car was a white Audi RS3, so could attract some attention, if they wanted.

You see a lot of foreign cars in Ukraine now. There seems to be a loophole which is causing a lot of people to buy cars from Europe...

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