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Importing Vehicle into USA from Germany

Germany is one of the busiest and most prominent car manufacturing countries in the world, and especially for luxurious vehicles. Vehicle enthusiasts all know Germany is responsible for BMW, Mercedes Benz, and the Maybach brand. These are no ordinary cars. Some Benzes may go for up to $450,000 while the some custom Maybach sells for upto $1,500,000. Americans with cash to spend love investing in German vehicles. Reason why? They are on a class of their own.

The traffic the United States gets from vehicle importation from Germany is almost unbelievable. Vehicles are being shipped to all 50 states of the US every month. Due to the high dollar standard of most vehicles from Germany, shipping gets a tad more sensitive. As such, clients need auto shipping companies with the resources and the muscle to oversee safe shipping of these vehicles. That is why A-1 Auto Transport Inc. offers you incomparable services when it comes to import vehicle into USA from Germany.

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Cost & Time Examples for Import a Car from Germany

From/ToOceanGroundEstimated Time
Berlin to (California port) to San Jose, CA$3000$20027+5 days
Hamburg to (New York port) to Boston, MA$1500$40041+5 days
Hamburg to (California port) to Las Vegas, NV$2400$45029+5 days
Berlin to (California port) to Portland, OR$3000$47527+6 days
Hamburg to (California port) to Seattle, WA$2400$55029+6 days
Hamburg to (New York port) to Columbus, OH$1500$55041+5 days
Berlin to (New York port) to Detroit, MI$2200$57541+6 days
Hamburg to (New York port) to Chicago, IL$1500$67541+6 days
Berlin to (California port) to Denver, CO$3000$77527+7 days
Berlin to (New York port) to Houston, TX$2200$1,07541+7 days
  1. *Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
  2. *Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
  3. *Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
  4. *Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
  5. *Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
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Why A-1 Auto Transport

We have been in the automotive transport business for the last decade. We know the particulars and workings of the industry in and out. Our experience comes second to none as we have offered car shipping services in the US to all 50 states, including coast to coast car shipping, interstate car shipping, and even overseas car shipping.

We have affiliations with the busiest ports in America and the biggest cargo airlines in America. Wherever you are, be rest assured, we shall deliver your car to your door step in perfect condition. Moreover, we offer real time car shipping GPS tracking so our clients can watch their shipment when they import vehicle into USA from Germany.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Our process


We have to plan every step involved in getting the vehicle(s) on American soil from Germany. We walk through the entire process with our clients, starting by identifying the vehicle make, model, year of manufacture (also known as the vehicle profile) and from which warehouse it’s coming from. The vehicle’s particulars will determine a great deal how much the shipping is going to cost.

The means of transport is selected prior to the start of the process. While air freight is recommended for luxurious vehicles, ocean freight (in enclosed containers) is also an okay option. We offer both options to our clients, ensuring that the vehicle will be in perfect condition all through. While most car manufacturers will offer delivery services to a port or airport of the client’s choice, some require clients to make personal arrangements. That’s why the location of the warehouse in Germany is important in order to plan to transport the vehicle to the most convenient German Port or Airport.

The planning also involves deciding which US port the vehicle is being shipped to and the mode of delivery to the client. We offer both door – door & terminal – terminal services.

Cost estimation

After the planning, we use our comprehensive cost calculator to give an estimated quote on how much it will cost to import vehicle into USA from Germany. The final figure is determined by the total distance covered during transportation, the vehicle profile, and of course, the taxes customs and duties that come with car shipping. Generally, air freight is more expensive in comparison to ocean freight. Have a look at these in more detail here. Remember, this figure is just an estimate, so allow room for variations.


The vehicle(s) have to be cleared by German authorities before they can leave the port. This is done by taking care of all relevant documentation including customs, duties, taxes and any other fees as deemed fit by the German authorities. Also included in the documentation is a detailed pre-shipping car hauler inspection report which records the vehicle’s profile and condition it is in at the moment our personnel receive it.


Once the car is cleared, it starts making its way to you. A travel schedule is provided to the client so that they can be brought up to speed on the ETA. Transport by air normally takes several hours to a day while transport by ocean takes longer – a week or more.


Upon arrival on US soil, the relevant documentation (customs, safety inspection, emissions checks, bill of lading, etc.) is taken care of and our team delivers the vehicle to you. Door-to-door delivery will see your vehicle delivered at the address you provide, while terminal-tot-terminal delivery involves dropping off your vehicle at a designated pick up point.

Need to import a vehicle into the US from Germany? Talk to us today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is A-1 Auto Transport Experienced with Importing German Cars?

What Safety Equipment Must My German Car Include?

Are Any German Vehicles Banned in the U.S.?

My German Car Does Not Meet Safety Requirements. What Should I Do Now?

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My German Import?

How Much Are Taxes on German Import Cars?

What is a Gas Guzzler Tax?

How Much is the Gas Guzzler Tax?

How Much Does It Cost to Import a Car from Germany?

What is the Cheapest Method to Import a German Car?

What is RoRo Shipping?

What is Container Shipping?

Are There Discounts Available When Importing a Car from Germany?

How Do I Prepare My Vehicle for Export from Germany?

What is the 25-Year Rule?

What is the Show and Display Rule?

What Are the Benefits of Importing a German Car?

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

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