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July 8, 2009 - There has been an important change in European customs regulations with an impact on Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist Program cars. The amount of time Tourist Program cars are allowed to stay in Europe has changed as of July 1, 2009, dependent upon where the car is dropped off. Previously Tourist Program cars could remain in Europe for up to 6 months before they had to be shipped back to the US. Tourist Program cars can still be kept in Europe for up to 6 months, provided they are dropped off in Scandinavia, which includes the following locations: Goteborg, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden; Drammen, Norway; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Cars dropped off outside of Scandinavia now must be dropped off within 2 months.<p>The Volvo Factory Delivery Center in Goteborg, Sweden is the most common drop off location and is free of charge. Fees for other drop off locations in Europe have been altered. With the change in European regulations, the drop off location for a Tourist Program customer needs to be known in advance, so the Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist car order form now has a line for a drop off location.<p>If you have questions please email Bob Kennedy at University Volvo in North Carolina or myself at Lawrence Volvo in California.<p>William
 

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I got this information from another fourm - In Germany after July 1, 2009 both licence plates must stay on the car for customs purposes. Do you know if this is true in Sweden as well?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ssamols</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I got this information from another fourm - In Germany after July 1, 2009 both licence plates must stay on the car for customs purposes. Do you know if this is true in Sweden as well? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, two of the big red license plates are required on Overseas Delivery Tourist Program cars in Sweden.<p>William
 

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Re: European customs regulations change and Volvo drop off locations (William)

William, just out of curiosity, what if the car is dropped off within the time frame, but not actually shipped?? Would a VAT have to be paid??<p>Under the new regs, if we had dropped off in Europe, our car wouldn't have been shipped until after the 2 months. I just don't know if the question of VAT in the event of a car that needs repairing was ever answered.
 

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Re: European customs regulations change and Volvo drop off locations (momscar)

Momscar.....<p>If you are referring to your previous incident...I would say that some provision would have to be made for that situation. IMO, as long as you have turned the vehicle in for home shipment, then you have met your obligation.
 

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Re: European customs regulations change and Volvo drop off locations (universityvolvoOSD)

Yes, that's exactly the incident I was referring to. And I think there would have to be some sort of provision. <p>Thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: European customs regulations change and Volvo drop off locations (universityvolvoOSD)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>universityvolvoOSD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Momscar.....<p>If you are referring to your previous incident...I would say that some provision would have to be made for that situation. IMO, as long as you have turned the vehicle in for home shipment, then you have met your obligation.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You are right...use your documents (signed and dated at the time of dropping off the vehicle) in order have that as verification that the was was dropped off if you are cutting it close.<p>In all my OSD years, I have only had two clients that cut it pretty close; one within 9 days and the other right on the last day of the 6-month period. Both cars were not shipped for 10 days and 2.5 weeks (!!!), respectively. None was assessed the V.A.T.
 

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Re: European customs regulations change and Volvo drop off locations (GrecianVolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>...and the other right on the last day of the 6-month period....None was assessed the V.A.T.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wow, the guy was really milking the system...
 

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Re: European customs regulations change and Volvo drop off locations (gascos80)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Wow, the guy was really milking the system...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>As systems should be! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Wow, the guy was really milking the system...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>As systems should be! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
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