Thanks to the temporary abolition of customs duties, Ukrainian citizens who buy vehicles abroad do not have to pay import duties, excise duties and VAT
Recently, Ukrainians are increasingly interested in importing minibuses
The abolition of tax on imported cars in Ukraine has increased interest in cars from neighboring countries, mainly from Poland
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Stimulating the automotive market in Ukraine
Thanks to the temporary abolition of customs duties, Ukrainian citizens who buy vehicles abroad do not have to pay import duties, excise duties and VAT. This, of course, immediately boosted the local auto market, which had been virtually frozen since the start of the war.
– said Stanisław Buczacki from the Automotive Market Research Institute of Ukraine in an interview with money.pl.
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Most imported car brands
The war has not affected the car brands that Ukrainians are most likely to import from abroad. The same cars are always the most popular. The only exception is minibuses, interest in which has increased significantly recently.
According to the calculations of the Automotive Market Research Institute of Ukraine, the cars most often imported into this country in 2021 from the European Union were:
- Volkswagen Golf – 25,450;
- Skoda Octavia-23962;
- Volkswagen Passat – 23,834;
- Renault Megane – 19,540;
- Renault Scenic – 12,840;
- Opel Zafira-12 331;
- Vauxhall Astra-11 610;
- Ford Focus – 10,025;
- Skoda Fabia – 9848;
- Audi A4-8 236.
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Last year, cars imported from European Union countries accounted for up to 65.8%. all imports of Ukrainian cars. The second place in this ranking is occupied by vehicles imported from North America – 27.7%. Among the countries from which Ukrainians imported the most cars, the first place was taken by the United States, followed by Poland and Germany. Prices for cars imported from abroad in most cases did not exceed PLN 10,000. hole.
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A new route of trade routes
One of the consequences of the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was the change in the layout of trade routes. The seaports had to be temporarily closed, which led to some changes in the transport of imported cars. Currently, vehicles imported from abroad arrive only at the ports of the European Union and from there they are transported by road to Ukraine.
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Such a process is, of course, very time-consuming, which is why the decision to remove customs duties on imported cars has led to an even greater increase in interest in cars from EU countries closest to the border with Ukraine. Importing vehicles from these countries usually takes 1-2 weeks, while importing from North America can take at least 2-3 months. For this reason, most cars are currently downloaded from the European Union, including, of course, from Poland. However, as Stanisław Buczacki points out, this is only a temporary situation.