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What's in this article?
  1. Car Shipping France
  2. Export Your Vehicle To France From The United States
  3. Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
  4. Cost & Time Examples For Shipping A Car To France
  5. Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To France
  6. Popular France Shipping Destinations
  7. Custom Duty Calculations
  8. Documents Required
  9. Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To France
  10. Examples Of Heavy Equipment And Oversized Cargo We’re Able To Transport
  11. Overseas Transport Methods Offered Through A1
  12. Other Services
  13. Related Information
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Car Shipping France

Export your vehicle to France from the United States

Shipping A Car To France.

Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • Most cars shipped to France from the United States cost between $1,800 and $4,100.
  • If you’re shipping from the West Coast, it usually costs around $1,000 to first ship the vehicle to a port in on the East Coast for delivery to France.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to France

To/FromGroundOceanDays
San Jose, CA to (California port) to Le Havre$200$1,3005+30
New York, NY to (New York port) to Le Havre$275$9005+12
Boston, MA to (New York port) to Fos-sur-Mer$400$1,2005+12
Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to Le Havre$450$1,3005+30
Seattle, WA to (California port) to Le Havre$550$1,3006+30
Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Le Havre$575$9006+12
Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Fos-sur-Mer$700$1,2006+12
Denver, CO to (California port) to Fos-sur-Mer$775$3,4007+30
Memphis, TN to (New York port) to Le Havre$800$9006+12
Dallas, TX to (California port) to Fos-sur-Mer$1,025$3,4007+30

*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.

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Shipping a car internationally can seem like a daunting process, but with the right information and a reputable car transport company, it can be done in a smooth and efficient process.

The great news is there are a variety of resources and tools at your disposal, the website for the French Embassy in Washington being by far the most helpful (http://www.ambafrance-us.org/spip?article782).

The most general rules apply to private vehicles, which consist, for all intents and purposes, of motor cars designed to transport people, and also include motorcycles. Other rules and restrictions apply to vehicles for other purposes, such as trucks.

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Important Information to Note.

  • Customs duties are due for ALL vehicles that are imported to France from the USA, and must be paid at the port of entry
  • A Value Added Tax (VAT) will also be assessed and that is a uniform applicable rate of 19.6% (also collected at the port of entry by the French Customs and Excise Service)

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To France

  • Original title with VIN.
  • License plate numbers.
  • Inventory or packing list.
  • Proof of residence.
  • Registration card.
  • Original title.
  • Purchase invoice.
  • Customs entry certificate (#846 A)
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Custom Duty Calculations

Unlike many countries, where the customs duties are varied and therefore hard to determine ahead of time, France offers a simple formula, so you can be prepared as to what to expect. Please note, that these results are only estimates, and you should always verify directly with French Customs before shipping your vehicle.

All of the percentages listed below are based on the value of the imported vehicle, verified by either a commercial invoice showing transaction value (tax excluded), plus (if applicable) the cost of transport and insurance, and the value of any equipment incorporated in the vehicle.

  • Automobiles: 10% Customs Duty.
  • Motor Homes: 10% Customs Duty.
  • Motorcycles: 9% Customs Duty.
  • House Trailers/Trailers: 5.3% Customs Duty.

If you cannot provide a commercial invoice showing the value of the vehicle, the value will be assessed by a publication similar to Kelley Blue Book, or the manufacturer’s selling price of your vehicle.

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Documents Required

  • Current registration of the vehicle
  • A commercial invoice, if available
  • You should receive a copy of the import declaration, a custom entry certificate, and a receipt upon clearing Customs
  • You are required to register your vehicle in France within 4 months of the vehicle arriving

Start your planning early and make sure to verify any changes in policy before you begin, but if you follow the steps and instructions listed above, you should have an easy go of it.

How to register your vehicle in France.

Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To France

It’s not easy shipping heavy equipment and oversized cargo on your own especially if it must be shipped all the way to France. That’s why A1 Auto Transport has been helping people with their national and international transports for decades. With our access to state of the art transport equipment and the most modern shipping technology, our highly trained employees are capable of shipping all types of cargo anywhere in the world.

Examples of Heavy Equipment and Oversized Cargo We’re Able to Transport

  • Tractors
  • Combines
  • Farm Equipment
  • Backhoes
  • Excavators
  • RVs
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Bulldozers
  • Dump Trucks
  • Forklifts
  • Hydraulic Equipment
  • Oversized Engines
  • Pile Drivers
  • Harvesters
  • Large Engines
  • Yachts & Pontoon Boats
  • Cranes
  • Large Trucks & Heavy Vehicles
  • Engineering Equipment
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Mining Equipment

Anytime you purchase shipping services through a licensed transport company, you are assured to be provided with at least the state minimum of insurance coverage. A1 offers additional insurance packages if you wish for more protection.

Overseas Transport Methods Offered through A1

A1 Auto Transport has four methods of transport for shipping heavy or large cargo overseas. The methods available to you depend on the type of heavy equipment or oversized cargo you plan on transporting to France. Our professionals will help you with your choices when you call in to schedule your shipping process but below is a little insight on all of our international shipping options.

  • Container Transport- This transport method is our most expensive option. However, it provides the utmost security. Your cargo is protected from outdoor elements such as inclement weather since it is shielded by walls and a ceiling.
  • Flat Rack Shipping- Your cargo is fastened to a metal frame or flat rack then placed atop the ship. This extra security prevents the cargo from moving and shifting during its transport.
  • Lift On/Lift Off (LoLo)- This method is recommended to those with inoperable vehicles as well as those with crated heavy equipment. A crane is used to lift the cargo onto and off of the ship carefully.
  • Roll On/Roll Off (RoRo)- This open air service is the least expensive shipping method we have available and is typically offered to those with operable equipment and vehicles. Ground methods of transport are usually paired with this method especially if the nation’s seaports do not accept RoRo imports.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you list some of the most important ports in France where I can expect to collect my car shipment from the USA?


How much will it cost me to ship my car from the USA to France?


How much time will it take for my car to ship from the USA to France and to get through the rest of the process, i.e. imports processing, customs clearance, and registration?


What do I need to know about the preparations for shipping a car from the USA to France?


What shipment options can I choose between, when shipping my car from the USA to France?


I need to get my paperwork in order, can you give me a checklist of the documents I will have to declare for importing my car from the USA to France?


Can you summarize this whole process of shipping a car from the USA to France for my better understanding?


What happens once my car arrives at the selected port in France?


How much customs duties are extracted from cars imported from the USA to France?


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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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