Eindhoven has been called the world’s most intelligent community, and intelligent people throughout the world know that having your own car to drive regardless of where you are is always an intelligent decision to make. Having your own car while in Eindhoven will not only save you money since you won’t have to rent a car or hire a taxi, but it will also save you valuable time when you need to get to your destination in a quick amount of time. When making plans to have your car imported to Eindhoven you need to contact an international auto transport company to find all the details of shipping a car overseas. Your agent will ask for your driver’s license, social security number and other identifying paperwork as they are working on your international shipping arrangements. If you have already relocated to Eindhoven and will need someone to transport your car from your location in the United States to the major shipping port, the agent can have that taken care of as well. You’ll need to get a signed Power of Attorney form to the shipping company that will make it permissible for them to transport your car both locally and internationally. You will also need to pay shipping fees, taxes and possibly cleaning fees if the transport company will need to clean your car for you prior to shipping internationally. Those details will be provided by your agent as you set up the shipping request. You can locate some excellent information on international shipping by sea on the Federal Maritime Commission website.
By Sea or By Air?
The main thing you will need to decide when shipping internationally is whether you will want to ship over the sea or in the air. Shipping by sea is the most preferred way to ship because sea shipping is generally priced lower than shipping by the air. Air Shipping will, however, allow your car to be with you in Eindhoven much quicker than if it were shipped on a cargo ship on the sea. If you need to have items from your home shipped with your car you can use air to ship those items as well. When shipping by sea, you will have two options to use. Just as with shipping by air, you can ship items from your home if you use a container for shipping in. Container Shipping is widely used and popular among those who have relocated and need to have everything shipped all at one time. Typically containers will be available in either a 20-foot size or a 40-foot size to choose from. The second way to ship on the sea is known as RoRo. RoRo Shipping will not let you ship any of the personal items you may have at home, but it will let you ship your car in the fastest amount of time by the sea. Your car will need thoroughly cleaned out in order to be shipped by RoRo.
Customs regulations will vary from one country to another. The Netherlands has far more lenient customs requirements than many countries have at this present time. The Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC is a great source of information on customs rules and city information for travelers who are visiting or relocating to Eindhoven. Customs officials will, of course, need the standard identifying paperwork as all other customs agents throughout the world need. Documents such as your passport, visa, photo identification or driver’s license are very important to have when going through customs to have your car cleared for entry. You will also need to pay taxes and duty fees unless you are a permanent resident and have prepared in advance and received an exemption from paying those fees. You may import both new and used cars, but you must have purchased the car within the last 12 months prior to import.
For more information on exporting your car from the United States to Eindhoven, you can contact U.S. Customs or can find valuable information listed on their website pertaining to exporting goods, documents needed for various items, and public safety when exporting to another country from the United States.
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.