Barcelona is one of the world’s leading cities for economics, tourism and industry. When you move to Barcelona for business or personal reasons, the international move can seem very stressful and while relocating physically can be stressful, moving your car overseas to be with you should be made simple. The first thing you will need to do is hire an international auto transport company who can ship your car to Barcelona for you. The agent will make the entire process seem like a piece of cake. You’ll also want to know some of the international shipping laws that the Government in Spain has set forth for importing cars to Barcelona. Spain requires that car owners must have owned their personal car that is being imported for a minimum of six months prior to the date of import.
Barcelona, Spain requires has a list of several mandatory documents that must be provided upon import of a car. The documents are:
- Original Purchase Invoice
- Original Car Title
- Original Car Registration
- Vehicle Insurance Certificate
- Two documents showing the vehicle chassis number
Requirements once your car is imported to Barcelona
Once you have imported your car into Barcelona, you will need to register the vehicle with the local department of motor vehicles and will need to acquire an automobile insurance policy that will cover you while in Spain. Previously purchased auto policies are not valid when in Spain.
Before your car leaves the United States
Before your car is shipped from the port of exit in the U.S., you will most definitely want to obtain a quote from your shipping agent that will provide details of what you need to pay in advance for shipping as well as what is expected upon receiving your car in Barcelona. Cost for transport will vary dependent upon the type of shipping that is chosen for your car, the car weight and other factors that will be explained by your agent. You might want to contact U.S. Customs for further information on export laws from the U.S. The most widely used way to ship a car is Roro Shipping. Roro is used throughout the world for shipping cars internationally. If you are relocating permanently or will need to be in Barcelona for an extended period of time you may need to transport household goods and personal items with the car. If so you would want to ship with Container Shipping. Your household goods are easily shipped inside of your car or the interior of the container for shipping overseas. You may also want to consider Air Shipping if you need to have your car in Barcelona very quickly. Air Shipping is the perfect way to transport classic cars and is an excellent choice for anyone who needs their car to arrive in a short amount of time.
For further info pertaining to shipping internationally you can speak to your agent or you may want to contact the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC for further information on Barcelona and surrounding areas, customs regulations, driving and motor vehicle laws in Spain and local laws that are specific to Barcelona.
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.