Departure to Copenhagen

Customs and import to Copenhagen

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If you arrive in Denmark from another European country, you are entitled to bring your personal effects into the country free of tax. If you arrive from outside the EU, you may bring in your household items free of tax provided that you have owned them for more than six months and plan to continue using them yourself. This exemption applied only if you will be residing in Denmark. You should document the items that you brought into the country, particularly if they are valuable, in order to avoid queries upon your departure.

If you enter or leave Denmark with cash in excess of 15,000 euros, you are required to declare it to the Customs authorities. Forms to do this are available from customs offices.

If you decide to import your own car into Denmark, you may have to pay VAT and duty based on the value of the car. However, if you owned the car for more than 6 months in another EU country prior to import, and the car is more than 6 months old and has driven more than 6000km, you can import it free of VAT and duty. For cars imported from outside the EU, you may also qualify for VAT and duty free import, provided that you have owned and used the car for more than six months and can prove that you have been resident outside the EU for 12 months. If you are able to import your car without paying duty, you are not permitted to sell it within 12 months of the date of import.

For further information on importing you car, see the Danish government’s website at

Update 15/09/2007


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