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  1. Car Shipping Europe
  2. Ship Car To Or From Europe
  3. Car Shipping To Europe From The Usa What You Really Need To Know
  4. Looking For A Car Shipping Company? We Can Help With Your Auto Car Transport!
  5. Required Documents For Shipping Cars To Europe
  6. Financials On Shipping Cars To Europe Taxes And Fees
  7. Tips For Shipping Your Car To Europe
  8. Related Information & Faqs
Ship Car To Europe

Car Shipping Europe

Ship Car To Or From Europe

Typical Car Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • Car transport costs to Europe from the U.S. can range from $1,200 to $5,000, largely depending on where the vehicle is being shipped to and from. 
  • Distance and the destination country has a lot to do with the price range of the international car shipping company. So, car shipping from the East Coast to Western Europe have the lowest car shipping rates.

Car Shipping To Europe From The USA: What You Really Need To Know

  • No matter what type of clearance you have, your car will be on a visa of its own: an auto tourist visa. Therefore, you must own it outright with a title in hand or have documentation from the lien-holder stating it is okay for you to import the car overseas at your preferred destination country.
  • You must obtain temporary holiday insurance with a European company in order to legally drive your car around in any of the countries in the Union. This is an important rule followed by all the international auto transport companies.
  • Shipping a custom vehicle in an enclosed container? It’s going to cost you roughly $2,000 more to ship a car than the more traditional form of shipping vehicles.
  • Shipping your car via air for quicker vehicle shipping? Then, be prepared to pay up to $10,000 more on vehicle shipping, depending on the weight of your vehicle and where it is going in Europe.
  • Luxury cars may cost more in fees; for instance, for some vehicles, when shipping to Germany, there is a larger import duty tax on rare or expensive vehicles than there is on more traditional vehicles. This import duty fee is often refunded upon leaving the European country.

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Shipping cars overseas can be much more nerve wracking than shipping domestically. Often, it is hard to schedule car shipping at the same time of travel, which means your vehicle is traveling and arriving well before or after you. We can help make the car shipping method much more seamless and help to put you at ease for finding a company and seeing the vehicle shipping process through from start to finish.

One of the car shipping methods that can be used when shipping a vehicle to Europe is the method of Rolling On, then Rolling Off. This occurs when car shipping is done via boat and the car in question is driven onto the ship versus being loaded onto a container, which is then loaded onto the ship. Think of it as ferry-style shipping.

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Required Documents For Shipping Cars To Europe
  • Passport
  • Proof of ownership
  • Registration certificate & copy of title
  • Vehicle license
  • Invoice
  • Proof of insurance
  • Commercial invoice
  • Declaration

Process of registering a vehicle in Europe.

Financials on Shipping Cars to Europe: Taxes and Fees

You must be prepared to pay tax when you ship a car overseas to Europe. As of 2021, the fee breakdown for getting your car delivered is as such:

  • New cars: Shipping to Europe for a new car is 19% of value-added tax
  • Dutiable rate: 10%

* Cars that have been owned for at least six months in the U.S. will not be charged a value-added tax

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Tips for Shipping Your Car to Europe

It is key that you do not make plans with an auto shipping to Europe carrier to move your vehicle to an overseas location until you have confirmed that you do have a visa for yourself, an auto visa for your vehicle and that you have identified a car shipping company that specializes in a move of this magnitude.

The Federal Maritime Commission should license your chosen auto transport shipping company. This ensures that the auto transport company not only have the experience in moving vehicles to Europe but also they have the monetary bond in which to do so.

You also need to know the rules on shipping from the U.S. For instance, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has a policy on the regulation of products leaving the country to ensure that they are legit and legal. Check on requirements for exporting something out of the country so that you are properly prepared as a car owner.

When you are shipping a vehicle to Europe, it is important that you know where the nearest terminal is located. You should also be aware about how much it will be to get to your new home or the place in which you are staying for the duration of your trip from the terminal.

Mapping out this information well in advance can help you to anticipate some of the added costs to the vehicle shipping fees. Additionally, you must get documentation for shipping a car before the shipping company can ship your vehicle. For example, you must fill out a Declaration of Dangerous Goods and Shipper Export Declaration.

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Related Information & FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of documentation do I need to ship my car to Europe?

How should I prepare my car for shipping to Europe?

How do I get my car to the port for transport?

How much does it cost to ship my car to Europe via International Car Shipping Companies?

What kind of international shipping method should I select?

Do I need special shipping insurance to ship a car to Europe?

Are there any special fees I should be aware of to import my car to Europe?

Will I need insurance to drive my car in European Countries?

Are there any limitations for car shipping to Europe?

Am I able to get guaranteed delivery dates?

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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. 

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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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