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Importing Vehicles Into USA From The Netherlands

Vehicle exports took up 4.3% of the total global shipments from The Netherlands in 2016. The country, which exports a number of goods, has seen a rise in sales within the automotive industry as compared to previous years. The main reason for increase in vehicle exports is due to the elimination of tax obligations of goods bought from the country. Some of the well-known car brands in the country are Volvo and Mitsubishi which are quite affordable driving up the demand to import vehicle into USA from the Netherlands. To get your car shipped successfully into the US, you need to consider the following steps.

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Cost & Time Examples for Import a Car from Netherlands

Rotterdam to (New York port)
to New York, NY
$2500$27520+5 days
Amsterdam to (California port)
to Los Angeles
$3800$35030+5 days
Amsterdam to (California port)
to Las Vegas, NV
$3800$45030+5 days
Rotterdam to (California port)
to Portland, OR
$3700$47533+6 days
Amsterdam to (California port)
to Phoenix, AZ
$3800$55030+6 days
Rotterdam to (New York port)
o Columbus, OH
$2500$55020+5 days
Amsterdam to (New York port)
to Charlotte, NC
$2700$57515+6 days
Rotterdam to (New York port)
to Chicago, IL
$2500$67520+6 days
Amsterdam to (New York port)
to Miami, FL
$2700$92515+7 days
Rotterdam to (California port)
to Dallas, TX
$3700$1,02533+7 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*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.

*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.

Buy from reputable sellers

The best way to get a good deal when buying a new or used car is to purchase it from a reputable seller. The seller can be an individual or a company depending on the type of vehicle you want to buy. It is important that you get correct documents of the new vehicle to prepare for export to the US. Some of the documents that you will receive from a genuine car seller include vehicle registration, odometer reading, and registration plates. Also, ensure that your car meets the import regulations in the US to avoid any delays at the port or any need for modifications before entry is allowed.

Get Your Vehicle De-Registered

The process of deregistration in the Netherlands is important for cars that have to be shipped outside the country. Deregistration is done through The Dutch Vehicle Authority (RDW) for most cars within the country through submission of documents provided by the seller. The documents required for the process to be complete include Part I and II of the registration document as well as the transfer certificate. Also, you are required to have license plates as well as an identity paper in its original form. When the process of deregistration is complete, you will need to have a Dutch registration number plate on a temporary basis until new registration is done in USA.

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Put Together Export Documents

When issued with a temporary plate number, you only have fourteen days to ship your car out of the country. During these days, it is important to prepare all the documents needed for exporting the vehicle.  To import vehicle into USA from the Netherlands you will require additional documents beyond the basic ones you may be used to. That isbecause North America is not within the European Union. Some of these documents include EAD customs, export declaration, and export certificate. They are important for shipping companies and individuals looking to import vehicle into USA from the Netherlands and are stamped at the EU border. The official stamp is proof that export of the car actually took place.

Buy Insurance For Your Car

Once your car has been deregistered in The Netherlands, its insurance is no longer valid in the country. It is for this reason that vehicle owners are warned to keep off the road when arranging for shipment of the car. Permission to drive the car is only allowed when it gets to the destination country. Nevertheless, buying insurance is still important as it covers any damages that may take place during the shipment to the US. Make sure the preferred insurance package offers a cover for your vehicle depending on the specific mode of transportation, or a combination of transport options. Also, it is advisable to engage the services of an insurance company based in the USA or hand over the process to shipping agents.

Hire A Shipping Company

Finding an international auto transport company is much easier with many of them putting up websites with information about their services. To successfully import a vehicle into USA from the Netherlands, you need to work with a reputable company that handles such shipping regularly. Ensure that they are licensed and have the equipment needed to load and offload the car from the point of origin to its destination. Apart from having the legal requirements to offer shipping services to clients, the shipping company should have great customer service to make the process much easier.

Register the Car In USA

Once the vehicle has arrived at the port in the US, you can decide to drive it home or have the transporter deliver it. However, you will first need to clear with customers by declaring information about the car and registering it without delay. On most occasions, the information to declare is readily available from RDW and includes the approval number, technical date and class of vehicle.

If you are looking to import your vehicle from the Netherlands, we can help you. Contact us on our page for more information.

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 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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