Exporting Used Cars from the US to China – Is It Possible?

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Exporting Used Cars from the US to China – Is It Possible?

Transport services relocate cars and other motorized vehicles all over the world on a daily basis. Every country has its own set of import laws. Some allow used vehicles to enter and some don’t.

Some have regulations as to how old the car can be when it is imported into the country. For anyone exporting a car from the U.S. to China, the vehicle must be under 20 years old.

When you must ship a car off to China, make sure you hire a reputable international transporter familiar with the country’s foreign import policies. However, it is highly recommended that all shipping customers call the Embassy of China to learn about the current auto import policies, as well as the tax and duty rates. After receiving the information, start collecting the documentation needed for Customs. Customs will grant the vehicle import approval if all the right proof is presented.


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Shipping a Used Car to China.

It is possible to ship a used car to China. As long as the car is less than 20 years old, it is allowed into the country. The restrictions for the country aren’t at all unreasonable, especially in comparison to the laws of other countries. Gathering the right documents and complying with the import policy is easier with the professionals from the transport company there to help.

Import Policy Restrictions.

  • Any cars over 20 years old are prohibited.
  • Vehicles that run on diesel are allowed to enter China.
  • Hybrid and electric cars can be delivered. However, it is hard to find parts for them in China.
  • The car must be left-hand drive.
  • Used vehicles may only be driven for personal use.
Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, Inc., including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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