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Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • Shipping a vehicle to China from the U.S. is most often in the price range of$2,500 to $6,000, with the lower cost reflecting the cheapest price for shipping a normal car, and the higher representing oversized vehicles or premium services.
  • Be sure to check Chinese import laws and taxes before importing a vehicle into the country from the U.S.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to China

To/FromGroundOceanDays
New York, NY to (New York port) to Dalian$275$2,3005+41
Los Angeles to (California port) to Dalian$350$2,1005+24
Boston, MA to (New York port) to Dalian$400$2,3005+41
Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to Dalian$450$2,1005+24
Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Tianjin$550$1,8006+17
Seattle, WA to (California port) to Xingang$550$2,0006+14
Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Dalian$700$2,3006+41
Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Dalian$700$2,3006+41
Denver, CO to (California port) to Tianjin$775$1,8007+17
Miami, FL to (New York port) to Dalian$925$2,3007+41

*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.

Having a car transported from the U.S. to another country can be tricky, depending on the current status of our trade relations and the differences in laws, taxation, and valuation of vehicles in each country. When it comes to having a car moved from America to China, here’s a few of the important laws and regulations to keep in mind:

  • Used motor vehicles can only be imported for personal use.
  • Left-hand drive vehicles only.
  • No cars more than 20 years old can be shipped to China.
  • Cars that run on diesel can be imported.
  • Electric & hybrid cars can be shipped, but are harder to find parts for.

These tips are a good overview of what type of vehicles you can and cannot bring into China, but we encourage our clients to touch base with the U.S. Embassy In China (link at bottom) to ensure that there have been no updates or changes to the existing import and export laws between the United States and China. We make sure to contact the appropriate embassies, consulates and governing bodies before shipping any vehicle to another country.

Other Types Of Vehicles We Transport To China

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.

Shipping A Car To China | Taxes, Duties & Laws

For most people, the information that’s most important when it comes to shipping your vehicle to another country is taxes. Some countries may levy huge taxes on certain vehicles or just maintain a high standard duty, both of which can be significant financial hurdles to deal with when importing a car.

It used to be difficult and costly to have a motor vehicle shipped to China from the U.S., but that has not been the case since 2011, when certain duties were relaxed in trade relations between the two countries. Still, it can be quite expensive to move a car from the U.S. to China--sometimes the total costs, taxes & duties of shipping a vehicle can exceed the cost of the automobile itself.

The basic taxation rate after the termination of the prior agreement is around 17% for the VAT (value added tax) on motor vehicles imported to China, which is calculated using the value of the auto.

Process of registering a vehicle in China.

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To China

  1. Customs office application.
  2. Cargo declaration (bill of lading)
  3. Original purchase invoice for valuation.
  4. Business license & customs certificate.
  5. Passport and Chinese residency card.
  6. Vehicle check by the Environmental Bureau (see link below)
  7. Import permit.

Resources For China Vehicle Transport

  • Exporting A Motor Vehicle - From the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, a definition of terms and explanation of what’s required when exporting a motor vehicle to another country from the United States.
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection - Every vehicle that is shipped to China from another country is subject to the environmental laws and standards that are upheld by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
  • U.S. Embassy In China - The go-to resource for information about living, moving or importing goods into China from the United States.

Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To China

Shipping heavy equipment and oversized cargo to China or any other nation in the world, is a job for professional international transport companies. Complying with foreign import laws is difficult enough but without the right transport equipment, you could be in for even more of a hassle. Fortunately, there aren’t many types of heavy equipment or oversized cargo that A1 Auto Transport can’t ship at an affordable rate.

Types of Heavy Equipment and Oversized Cargo We Can Transport Internationally

We’ve shipped everything from industrial, farming, mining, paving, construction, and engineering equipment to places inside and outside of the U.S. Some of the types of cargo we’ve shipped for these industries include…

  • Tractors
  • Backhoes
  • Forklifts
  • Skidders
  • Excavators
  • Asphalt Pavers
  • Skidders
  • Loaders
  • Cranes
  • Pile Drivers
  • RVs
  • Large Vehicles (EX: Dump Trucks)
  • Haulers and More…

A1’s International Transport Methods

It takes careful planning, precision and training to carry out a transport for heavy equipment. It also takes the use of durable haulers and shipping equipment. Because of our resources, we are able to offer four different overseas shipping methods.

  1. Flat Rack- your cargo is secured to a metal frame that is placed atop the ship.
  2. Container Shipping- your cargo is protected within a 40ft shipping container as long it can fit in even with some disassembly.
  3. Roll On/Roll Off- your cargo must be operable so that it can be driven onto and off of the ship using a ramp.
  4. Lift On/Lift Off- your inoperable vehicle or crated cargo is lifted onto the ship and off of the ship using a crane.

All of these methods are very safe but depending on the type of heavy equipment or oversized cargo you plan to ship, not all of these methods may be available to you. A1’s representatives will inform you of your options when you call in. Nevertheless, all of these shipping options are paired with free insurance coverage.

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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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