My partner and I (he is from PT but has been a UK resident for the last 20 years? moved to PT in June. We shipped our persona; stuff over without a hitch. We decided to ship our cars (Bristol to Setubal) unaccompanied as we did not fancy a long drive through Spain and PT and as I have a disability which makes driving long distances problematic.
Our cars have been stuck in Setubal for the last 6 weeks and it seems we are going to have to ship them back to the UK as we can not satisfy the requirements to get them released with paying the very high taxes. There are so many time consuming hoops to go through on the PT side that will take many many months to satisfy. Had wee driven the cars in to PT via Spain ourselves, it seems we could have done this and then had our cars to use in PT while we got the relevant papers.
So the cars will go back to the UK and then to Spain with us, and then from Spain to PT. All a complete waste of time and energy (our energy and global energy) for no apparent benefit.
I wondered if anyone had similar experiences or words of advice?
And for those considering bringing their cars ti PT from the UK, it seems far preferable to drive them in via Spain and not ship them unaccompanied.