Importing and Registering a Car in Luxembourg

The information you need if importing a new or used car or motorcycle to Luxembourg...

If a car is registered in a country outside of Luxembourg, it must be re-registered in Luxembourg if it is imported to the country by a Luxembourg resident.

The process to import a vehicle to Luxembourg has three main steps:

  1. Get clearance from Customs & Excise (this may involve the payment of import duties and VAT depending on the situation). Once complete, a Vignette 705 is issued.
  2. Apply for the vehicle registration documents (Carte Grise) and take it to a Société Nationale de Controle Technnique (SNCT) test centre to complete a technical inspection to check for compliance to European conformity (this may require some modifications being made to the vehicle, depending on its country of origin).
  3. Apply for and fit new registration plates.

Importing a Car from an EU Country

Many residents of Luxembourg choose to buy and import a vehicle (new or used) from an EU country where it may be cheaper. VAT is payable on a new car imported into Luxembourg; no VAT is due on a used car. A used car is one that:

  • has been on the road longer than six months and
  • has a mileage exceeding 6,000 Km

In Luxembourg, VAT of 17 percent is generally due on any vehicle that is classed as "new" (mileage under 6,000 Km or first registered less than six months prior).

Under EU law, a private vehicle may be temporarily imported to another EU country and used for up to six months in any 12-month period. However, the vehicle must be re-registered if it is owned and used by a resident of that country.

Importing a Car from Outside the EU

A vehicle (new or used) brought to Luxembourg from outside the European Union must be submitted for customs clearance either in Luxembourg or the EU country that is its first place of entry. At this point, customs duties (up to 10 percent of the purchase value of the vehicle), certain fees and the possible payment of VAT (in Luxembourg, this is 17 percent on new vehicles) is made. There may be an exemption from the payment of customs duties and VAT in Luxembourg if the vehicle is being imported as part of a relocation.

It is important to note that vehicles from countries outside the EU may have to be adjusted to comply with standard safety requirements of Luxembourg (and the European mainland).