The Greek Authorities are in breach of EEC law by applying taxes to the importation of vehicles.
The Freedom of Movement within the EEC, of EEC citizens, allows that vehicles are classed as personal property.
Why then, when bringing a personal vehicle, registered elsewhere in the EEC, are we obliged to pay a "REGISTRATION TAX" at Corfu Customs ?
If you take a Greek registered vehicle to the UK, it would cost about 25 quid to register.
In Corfu, the value of the vehicle is "Estimated" by a faceless person with no more lnowledge of cars than Arthur Daley. You are then charged a "Random" percentage of that value, depending on the age of the vehicle.
EG New Car, worth lots. low percentage based on value.
Old car, worth buttons, based on a HIGHER percentage of "ESTIMATED value.
Whatever combination you have, will cost lots of money.
Why Customs would be collecting a "Registration Tax" is beyond me, it seems it's also beyond the EEC Regulators, who have, and continue to fine the Greek Authorities for this breach of regulations.
Maybe the fines are of a lesser value than the Taxes gained. ???
I asked these questions to the boss at Corfu Customs, He said he didn't know why, but that I should speak to Doukakis Travel Office opposite the Customs building, they will do all the paperwork for you (at a cost of course)
So there you have it ! Muddle, Fuddle and Fudge ! Nobody, not even the boss at Customs knows how much it will cost to import a vehilcle (It has to go to Athens, that's where the only person in Greece who can value a car lives) He then has to get divine wisdom to rate the percentage of tax,,, and in the end, you pay the bill !
All quite illegal under European Community Law !
They have a saying over here "You touch my Bum ????" I assume that the translation is "Are you extracting the Urine"
I think so.