Importing a Car into France from the USA

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Importing a Car into France from the USA

Importing a Car into France from the USA

Without the help from qualified, licensed international auto transporters, it is nearly impossible to deliver a car into France. What most don’t understand is that international auto transport services are actually cost effective. It’s the country’s tariffs and fees that tend to add up. As a customer, you can ship a car to France for a reasonable cost.

The taxes associated with vehicle import into France include a 5-10% tariff for cars or 22% for trucks. You must also pay a VAT of 20%, and a special tax that is based off of the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. If the vehicle passes the environmental inspection, the special tax may be reduced.


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The Process of Transporting a Car to France from the US

The very first step to preparing for an overseas transport is to call the Embassy of France. The embassy will update you on the latest regulations for car imports. Not only must the vehicle type match the description according to the import policy for automobiles, but proof will need to be presented to Customs that the vehicle is in compliance with their laws. The staff at the transport company will help you gather all necessary proof.

  • Passport and license
  • Insurance certificate
  • Proof of paid taxes
  • Proof of passed inspections
  • Proof of residency

A reliable shipping company with overseas experience will make a transport much easier on you and all those involved. Not to mention, you’ll spend much less time, energy and money when you hire a licensed auto transporter for the job. Make sure you schedule your car’s overseas delivery months in advance so you have plenty of time to prepare.

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, 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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