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Import Vehicle into USA from Western Europe

What's in this article?
  1. Import Vehicle Into Usa From Western Europe
  2. Cost & Time Examples For Import A Car From Western Europe
  3. Our Import Vehicle Into Usa From Western Europe Process
  4. The Planning
  5. Cost Estimation
  6. The Actual Shipping
  7. The Delivery
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Import Vehicle into USA from Western Europe

Western Europe is one of the largest car manufacturing continent globally. There are thousands of car manufacturers in Western Europe. It is for this reason that we receive more orders to import vehicle into USA from Western Europe than from any other continent in the world. A-1 Auto Transport prides itself in offering vehicle import services into the USA from Western Europe for more than two decades. We can also help ship cars to Europe.

We ship all types of vehicles from Western Europe including privately owned vehicles for military, normal sized and oversize vehicles, sports utility vehicles (SUV), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), recreational vehicles (RVs), motorcycles and electric/alternative energy vehicles. And we offer both air freight and ocean freight options for our clients.

While Ocean freight is more affordable option for our clients, we propose air freight for emergency or prompt delivery and luxurious and high-end vehicles. Such luxurious vehicles s, manufactured or assembled in Western Europe Include Mercedes – Benz C300 series, Audi A8s, Porsches, Volkswagens, BMWs, Maybach, etc.

We have the muscle and equipment to successfully import vehicles from any country in Western Europe. Shipping a vehicle from a foreign land to your home in the U.S. is not an everyday walk in the park, especially for new clients. The job requires an investment of not just finances, but also time and trust between the client and the auto shipping company.

Cost & Time Examples for Import a Car from Western Europe

From/ToOceanGroundEstimated Time
Western Europe to (California port) to San Jose, CA$3800$20030+5 days
Western Europe to (New York port) to Boston, MA$2600$40016+5 days
Western Europe to (California port) to Las Vegas, NV$3800$45030+5 days
Western Europe to (California port) to Portland, OR$3800$47530+6 days
Western Europe to (California port) to Seattle, WA$3800$55030+6 days
Western Europe to New York port) to Columbus, OH$2600$55016+5 days
Western Europe to (New York port) to Detroit, MI$2600$57516+6 days
Western Europe to (New York port) to Chicago, IL$2600$67516+6 days
Western Europe to (California port) to Denver, CO$3800$77530+7 days
Western Europe to (New York port) to Houston, TX$2600$1,07516+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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Our Import Vehicle into USA from Western Europe Process

The Planning

We have a rich network of cargo shipping ports and air cargo shipping airports that serve the greater part of Western Europe. We work hand in hand with our clients to plan on the specifics of the importing process. This involves planning how the car will be shipped from the particular car manufacturing warehouse to the most convenient port in the Western Europe Country. From there, our professional auto transport teams in the particular country will take it from there.

In planning, how the vehicle is transported will be factored in too. This includes:

  • Ro/Ro – Where the vehicle is driven onto the ships or cargo plane, strapped in place and shipped to the destination port/airport. Upon arrival, the vehicle is then driven off the plane/ship.
  • Container – Where the vehicle is shipped inside an enclosed cargo container on a ship’s deck.

Planning also includes making sure all the foreign rules are adhered to. It involves checking whether the auto transport company is aware of the customs and restrictions that you may encounter, the duties and taxes to be paid once your car arrives in the USA and whether the car is a luxury one, i.e., if the vehicle is subject to Luxury Car Tax. If you are not sure about these, consult us. A-1 Auto Transport has been in the business for the longest time we know the ins and outs of the game.

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Cost Estimation

After having the plan in mind, the financial implication is then ironed out. Any changes to be made depend on the quoted price. Remember, air freight is always more expensive compared to ocean freight. This is mainly because planes do not offer the same “pooling” option as ships do. Cargo ships are enormous vessels. This offers room for as many vehicles as the capacity will allow to be transported at one go, lowering the overall costs bared by one particular client.

The cost estimation to import vehicle into USA from Western Europe will depend on the vehicle size, the overall distance and the means of transport; ocean freight or air freight.

Vehicles are measured in square meter feet (SQM). The larger the SQM the more you pay. For the distance, it depends on where in particular you wish your vehicle to be delivered to in the United States. Normally, door – door services are more costly compared to using pickup stations for the delivery.

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The Actual Shipping

The actual shipping involves a thorough car hauler inspection before the vehicle can be shipped to you. All the necessary documents are checked and the vehicle starts its way to you. A delivery estimate time will be provided to the client. Moreover, our import vehicle into USA from Western Europe services come with complimentary real time GPS tracking of your shipment.

The Delivery

Once the vehicle arrives at the designated port or airport, it then starts the final journey to the client’s residence for door – door delivery service or to the pickup point for terminal – terminal delivery service. Delivery notes are then signed upon the client receiving the vehicle.

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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. 

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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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