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The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete is the largest city in the French country overseas located in the Pacific Ocean. The city of Papeete is also a part of the Island of Papeete and is the main district of the Windward Islands.

You can ship a vehicle to the French Polynesia and it will not be difficult to do. However, the French Polynesia makes it easier to import the vehicles for those who live near France. Diplomats are able to import a vehicle without paying any duty and with minimal hassles. Foreigners looking to import their vehicle will need to pay duties and taxes before the import is completed. If you want to ship your vehicle, you will need to direct it to the Papeete Container Terminal


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.

Estimating the Cost and Documentation.

Every vehicle being imported to Papeete is subject to paying duty and import taxes. These amounts are calculated by the vehicles current value at the time of shipping, the model, the year, size, and all the accessories associated with the import. Currently, the vehicle owner needs to import to French Polynesia will need to pay 19.6% Value Added Tax (VAT).

If you want to export your vehicle from the United States, you will only be charged normal customs and duty tax since the United States is not currently a member of the European Union, EU. 10% Customs duties are paid once the vehicle reaches the port. The VAT is paid directly to the government. We will be able to assist you with the French Custom department’s procedures and formalities to ensure that the car is delivered to you on time. There are plenty of documents that you will need to have on hand or a copy of will include the following:

  • The original title.
  • Purchase invoice if your vehicle is new or under six months of age.
  • A driver’s license.
  • Non sale certificate.
  • OBL that clarifies the chassis, the engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, the brand and also the model.

Shipping documentation will need to be given to us at A1 Auto Transport service. As long as you have all the necessary proof of ownership for your vehicle, and the funds to pay your taxes and duties, we should be able to import your vehicle to the French Polynesia on schedule.

Opt For Best Freight Shipping Method.

We can provide you with timely imports to the French Polynesia. You can select the right shipping method based on your needs and budget. There are two popular choices in shipping today; the Roll On/ Roll Off and Enclosed container shipping methods.

The Roll On/ Roll Off, or RORO consists of your vehicle being driven on the deck of the ship where it is secured in order to stay in place during transport. It will be delivered to the port that you selected. Once it reaches the port, it is driven off the ship. Your vehicle will need to be operable in order to use this method. If you choose this shipping method, you will need to clean out your vehicle completely.

Container Shipping is another method of shipping. This method is more expensive but it comes with many benefits. You can ship your vehicle as well as any personal items you want to bring with you to Papeete. Once your container is loaded, your container will be secured on the deck of the ship for transport.

Joe Webster

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.

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