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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

Importing From Western 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.

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 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.

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.

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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“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

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“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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