Export insurance from Belgium

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  1. exrayspex

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    Hi

    New member here looking for export insurance advice.

    I am looking to import a Frankia van from a Belgium dealer. I have researched everything but getting stuck with the export insurance.

    I understand that you need to go to the DIV (Belgium equivalent of DVLA) to get the license plates. You need to take evidence of insurance but having trouble finding the short term insurance. Have emailed several Belgium insurance agents but none have replied.

    There seems to be loads of info about exporting from Germany, but little about Belgium.

    Anyone done this before from Belgium and can offer any advice?

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve
     
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    Hi Steve,
    when I imported from Belgium a few years back,the dealer drove my Van to the port on his insurance.
    Regards,
    jml
     
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    Same here. We pick up our van next week and the dealer is driving the van to the port, then loaning us his trade plates to get the van home. Safeguard then cover us from the UK port.
     
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    As long as van insured once it hits the UK ( I always use safeguard) no need for plates. Just get dealer to drive to port for you.
     
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    Same here brought two vans in Belgium dealer dives it to the port,only risk you take is in the port and on the ferry.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. We are going to view the van tomorrow.

    Can I ask which Belgium dealers you have dealt with and how far the dealer drove to the van to the port. The dealer in question here is 120Km from the nearest port and doesn't appear to have sold a van to the UK before.

    I spoke to Safeguard and whilst they were the most expensive quote they do cover on the VIN plate once it reaches the foreign port.
     
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    @lennyhb. Yep I suspect we're going to have an anxious couple of hours on the boat:)

    @exrayspex we're dealing with Campirama. All seems very well organised and a good deal. Many thanks to @lennyhb, @Judgemental, and others on this forum for their advice. We use safeguard for our current van so makes sense to stick with them at the moment.


    @Judgemental not sure about legally needing the plates in the UK, but suspect it will reduce the problems of being stopped and questioned by customs/police and at least gives you some identification for ferry check in....
     
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    Campirama, about 100km from port.
    Book a late ferry dealers prefer to drive to port after close of business, you usually follow driving their car.
     
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    The dealer will has drivers picking up and delivering vans all over the place. Just ask...its worth it even if they charge.
     
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    The dealer will be able to sort that all out for you.
    I am on holiday at the moment due back in Belgium next Wednesday.
    If you need any help after that give me a shout.
    The dealer is a good profesional (Family) dealership.

    Mel
     
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    Use the tunnel....
     
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    I used NFU to insure then cancelled after got it registered and went back to Comfort as NFU were twice the price, but they don't have any cancellation charges.
     
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    Thanks for the extra info.

    Some one people are saying they borrowed the dealers trade plates and then posted them back but if you didn't then did you drive the van in the UK without plates on?
     
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    Yes as long as its insured..have done it a few times. have borrowed dealers plates as well and posted back..probaby the easiest option
     
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    Our dealer puts a faulse set of Belgium plates on then uses his trade plates to get to the port. Leagly you should drive the van home without any plates but far less chance of being stopped with a set of Belgium plates on.
     
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    We have just ordered our van from Campirama :) They have told us that they will drive it to the port for us, but I forgot to ask whether they will lend us export plates to drive it home from the UK port. I am waiting for a response to this question by email from them.

    I tried both Safeguard and NFU for insuring on the VIN number and NFU came out almost 45% cheaper plus they told me that they did not require us to put on a Cat 1 alarm, which was a requirement with Safeguard (and within 14 days of importing). So its NFU for us...
     
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    Campirama will put a set of false plates on the van and tie their trade plates over the top.
    You will be waiting a long time for an email responce - not one of their strong points.
    We used NFU to import, then changed back to Comfort once registered, NFU don't have any cancellation charges so you just pay for the days you use, but they were twice the price of Comfort.
     
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    the Belgian dealer told us that we could have proper Belgian export plates for about 250 euros , we have to turn up a day before we drive it and produce our passports , im going over there in January and will enquire as to the possibility of having the MH delivered to the port , its not as far as 120km , the dealer is just over the border in Belgium
     
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    Just brought our van back from Campirama in Belgium. As @lennyhb described above they drive you to the port on plates at which point they take their trade plates off leaving another Belgian plate for you to drive home. This did cause us slight consternation as we had updated our ferry booking with the trade plates information which then changed just 50 metres from check-in.:whistle:
    We have just stuck them in the post back to Campirama today. They will probably be back in time for you to use!
     
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    Posted them back ! I've still got 2 sets of dodgy Belgium plates in my garage.:D
    Both vans I brought back I went DFDS from Dunkirk didn't have to put a reg in the booking.:)
     
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