Transporting a vehicle to Seville can be accomplished quite easily as long as you know the regulations necessary for international shipping. You will need to have paperwork filled out and documents available for customs when planning to ship overseas from the United States. Seville is a city in Spain that does not have some of the stringent import laws that many areas around the world have, but there are some customs regulations that will have to be followed. Your transport agent will go over the paperwork required as well as let you know the mandatory documents they will need to transport your vehicle for you. The basic paperwork that you will need for the transport company will be:
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Original Title to Vehicle
- Power of Attorney (Signed)
- Auto Insurance Certificate
Seville Motor Vehicle Requirements to Import
The Customs Department at the entry port to Seville will require documents to import your vehicle into the country. Your transport agent will assist you with getting the documents properly filled out or you can contact the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC for more information on paperwork needed to go through customs.
These are the primary documents necessary to import your vehicle to Seville from the United States:
- Must have the Original Bill of Sale
- Must have the Original Title and Registration to Vehicle
- Must have Passport
- Must have two documents that show the chassis number of the vehicle
Specific regulations are very lenient. You must own your vehicle for at least six months prior to importing, and will need to have the vehicle registered once it reached Seville in order to get insurance coverage for the vehicle in Spain. Your current United States auto policy will not be valid for use while driving in Spain. All vehicles on the roadways in Seville must have an emergency kit in the car as well as emergency cones in case the vehicle breaks down while on the road.
What to do before you ship
You need to make sure that you and the auto transport agent discuss in detail the required paperwork and the type of shipping you will be doing. The transport agency will give you a finalized quote that will cover the type of shipping, pick-up, and delivery if needed, and fees that will be included in the final billing. They will also go over anything you need to do to prepare the vehicle to be shipped, including steam cleaning if necessary, cleaning out personal items from the interior or removing accessories from the exterior of the vehicle. They will let you know prior to making the shipping arrangements what you will need to pay prior to shipping as well as anything you will need to pay upon arrival of your vehicle in Seville, Spain. For more information on international customs regulations you can also contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and they help you locate paperwork and can also provide information on regulations for exporting vehicles and personal items internationally.
Ways to Ship a Vehicle to Seville
There are several ways to ship a vehicle internationally. These are the ways you will choose from when making plans to have your vehicle shipped to Seville:
Ro-Ro Shipping- Ro-Ro shipping is the most efficient and quickest way to ship your vehicle overseas. Your vehicle will be driven onto the ship and secured to make sure it is stable and will be driven off the ship when it reaches the port in Seville. For Ro-Ro Shipping your car must not have any personal items inside of it, so you will need to thoroughly clean it prior to shipping.
Container Shipping- Your vehicle will be placed inside of a secure 20 or 40-foot container and then loaded onto a freight ship. Container Shipping is the more expensive way to transport a vehicle overseas, but you will have room to ship personal items inside of the container as well as inside your vehicle.
Air Cargo Shipping- Shipping your car by air is the fastest way to have your vehicle where you need it in Seville. Your vehicle will either be driven onto the Cargo plane or will be placed inside of a freight container and then loaded onto the plane for travel. In Seville, it would go through the customs checkpoint upon arrival at the San Pablo Airport in Andalusia, Spain.
Your international transport agent will work with you to make sure that transporting your car to Seville goes as smooth as possible. For more information on the cost of shipping internationally and what procedures you will need to follow you can check out this article.
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.
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