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  • JZH ·
    Hi Knut,

    Sorry, I don't log on to this forum very often, so I didn't see your message. Interesting development with the Norwegian vehicle approval office. I'm happy to send you my documents. I hope it works!

    (I will email you directly.)

    Ciao,
    51Barndoorpanelvan ·
    Did I scare you off?

    Not, trying to force you to the up your personal info. I'm just eager to have some papers/documentation, for the local
    Tax office / traffic autority.....

    Hope to hear from you!

    Knut
    51Barndoorpanelvan ·
    But last week after finding your car online, I contacted the office again, and explained that now there is a car like this registerd in EU.....

    Of course they said that England had started using national rules for carimport from january 2014.
    But due to your registration, they mentioned that if I could get a copy of registrationpapers /vehicle info, and a picture or two of the car, they might be able to look into the possibillity for me to register my car.


    So my question is then if you could sent me a couple of pictures of your car with your license plate visible and a scan/copy of your vehicleinfo?
    Email: [email protected]

    If will only be used for me to try to register my car and it will never be reposted or shared!

    Thanks in advanced.

    Best regards

    Knut Ulsmaag
    51Barndoorpanelvan ·
    Hi again,

    Thanks you so so much for taking time to answer me as detailed as you did!!

    There might be a chance for me to register my car in Norway now, as there is a car registerd in Eu. Thanks to you!!

    The thing is that Norwegian vehicle approval office, don't want to approve it as it don't have any type-proved model or COC-document for Europe. The office, didn't want me to open up a chance for importing these cars to Europe, through Norway.....

    A long story and a lot of emails, phonecalls and headache...still no H200 in Norway.
    JZH ·
    The import/registration sequence was this:
    1. Import tax clearance from the HM Revenue and Customs department (either pay tax or get exemption).
    2. Schedule Individual Vehicle Approval appointment (pass inspection by VOSA).
    3. Obtain insurance.
    4. Apply for registration and first tax disc with the DVLA.
    5. Get registration number plates made.

    I had the vehicle's HK registration document and proof of HK insurance, which proved that I had owned the van in HK.

    Unfortunately, if Norway's laws are different, there may be nothing you can do. Maybe you could transfer your Hiace to someone in the UK, who I'm sure would be able to "personally import" it and register it, but it would be expensive for them to do so, because they would have to pay duty and VAT... And then getting it back to Norway might still be impossible or even more expensive. I'm sorry I cannot be more helpful. But I wish you the best of luck!

    Regards,

    John
    JZH ·
    Because there was no equivalent type-approved model in the UK or in Europe, they could not determine its manufacturer CO2 figures, for example, so my Hiace is taxed under the old (pre-CO2) emissions categories, which go by engine size and type.

    The inspection process involved checking the vehicle's safety features like seat belts being present for all seats, that it had the required lights and indicators (including a rear fog light, which I had to add) and a speedometer that read in MPH (obtained from Lockwood--I have no idea why they had the H200 speedo face available, but that solved a huge problem for me!). They also checked that the brakes worked properly and I think they checked the emissions from the tailpipe (but as my H200 is Euro V compliant, this was not an issue, either). It probably helped that my van had less than 3,000km on it, so it was virtually a new vehicle.

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    JZH ·
    I qualified for that because I had lived abroad for more than 12 months and had owned the van for more than six months before importing it. (I had actually bought it only four months prior to returning to the UK, but left it in storage in HK for another four months before shipping it--the rule didn't say I had to have owned it for six months _before_ changing my residence!)

    Paying import duty and VAT on the van would have killed whole plan, as I had already paid HK first-registration tax of almost 50%...

    Non-returning UK residents who import vehicles for their own use do have to pay import duty and VAT, but the registration rules allow all personally imported vehicles to be inspected and tested under a much simpler set of rules than apply to officially imported vehicles.

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    JZH ·
    Hi Knut,

    I'm very sorry to hear that you have not been able to register your Hiace in Norway. I can tell you how I registered mine in the UK, but as Norway is not in the EU, I'm not sure it will help you very much.

    Anyway, I looked into the registration issue a little bit before importing my H200 from Hong Kong, and it looked possible, but I was never really sure the process would actually work the way I had thought it would. It turned out to be easier than I had anticipated--for example, I got no questions regarding the black glass panels on the rear sides of the van or the radio frequency of the alarm remote--both of which would have been difficult or expensive to change.

    UK laws on "personal imports" are fairly liberal, and I was even able to avoid paying import duty and VAT under a special tax concession for returning UK residents.

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    51Barndoorpanelvan ·
    Hi there,

    Congrats!!

    I have tried for years to import a Hiace H200 to Norway, but due to lack of documentation from Toyota on these car. I have not been able to register one in Norway.

    I was searching randomly online for this car, when I came across your import to UK story, and now I see that you have been able to register it in UK?

    How much trouble was that? And did it go faster/ easier because you owned it abroad?

    Hope to hear from you!

    Best regards

    Knut Ulsmaag
    Norway
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