The largest French city in the panoramic Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region, Strasbourg is the seat of the EU parliament and is situated close to the German border.
With plenty of opportunities for employment, business, education and trade, you are making the right choice by moving to Strasbourg on a short or long stay. However, it helps to navigate the city better when you have your own vehicle that is why even if it seems impossible to transport your vehicle from USA to France, it is not that complex. With the assistance of the experienced A1 Auto Transport service, we will make the auto shipping seamless and hassle-free for you.
With plenty of information available on shipping vehicles to France, you will be able to stay updated on the processes and requirements. There are only restrictions and different laws for large commercial vehicles like trucks but for cars and motorcycles laws remain constant.
Important tax regulations.
It is essential to know that the custom taxes are applicable on all vehicles that are imported to Strasbourg or any other French cities. These have to be cleared at the port of entry. As per the French Customs and Excise Service, the VAT is assessed based on the value of the vehicle and 19.6% is mandatory tax that is collected at the French port.
To help you get estimation on the applicable taxes on your vehicle, it is important to know that French Customs considers the evaluated value of the vehicle and in many cases, the associated insurance and shipping costs. The estimated taxes are 10% custom duty on cars/small vehicles and motorhomes while there is 9% duty on motorcycles and trailers are taxed at 5.3%.
Essential documentation on the imported vehicles.
To validate and verify the authenticity of the import, you are required to furnish these documents:
- Vehicle registration.
- Copy of the import declaration.
- Bill of Sale.
- Custom entry certificate.
- Custom clearance receipt.
After your vehicle has been cleared by the customs, you are required to get the new license plates and get the vehicle registered within four months. Thus, it is essential to start planning the shipping early so that there is no delay in the import of the vehicle. It helps to decide on the method of shipping so that we can furnish a written quote for your approval. You have the option of shipping by air and ocean bound freight ships. Air shipping is extremely expensive and that is why most people do not consider it. However, if you do need it, we can make all the arrangements with ease. Other affordable methods of shipping include:
- RORO: This is the cheapest method of transportation. The vehicle is driven on and off the ship using ramps and you are only paying for the parking space on the ship. It is important that the vehicle is shipped empty and steam cleaned.
- Container shipping: 20 feet and 40 feet shipping containers are available for hire and you can put your vehicle and other belongings inside it. Then it is sealed. At the dock, cranes are used to load and unload these containers and it is a safer way of shipping your vehicle to France.
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.