Utrecht is one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. As you go through this city you’ll have a sense of historical nostalgia as you see the cathedrals and architecture built in the early middle ages of history. The industrial seaport in Utrecht imports more than 80,000 containers each year from all around the world. Moving can feel like a very stressful time for many people. Having your personal car shipped to be with you in Utrecht is something that can be completed quite easily as long as you plan ahead and make sure you have the correct paperwork and monetary amounts to pay your shipping fees as well as import taxes and duty fees to customs when your car arrives at the entry port in Utrecht. You will need to hire a shipping company that works with international auto transport to take care of shipping your car to Utrecht from the United States. The agent from the transport company who works on your vehicle shipment will need you to provide documents to verify your identity as well as your vehicle ownership. The standard documents they will need are:
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Car Title and Registration
- Car Insurance Proof
- Power of Attorney
The Power of Attorney will give the shipping company the approval necessary to transport your vehicle to the major shipping port in the U.S. if you cannot deliver it to the port in person. It also gives them allowance to transport your vehicle overseas to Utrecht. Your auto transport agent will go over the available shipping methods that you can use for shipping your car to Utrecht. Since Utrecht has a large sea port your best options will be to ship by sea from the United States.
How to Ship by Sea
People have been shipping vehicles and other goods by sea for many years. The most popular way to ship by sea is with Roll-On Roll-Off Shipping. Also known as Roro Shipping, this type of shipping allows a vehicle to be shipped in the quickest and most efficient way possible on the water. The vehicle is driven onto the sea vessel and securely strapped into place to be transported overseas. The only drawback to Roro would be if you need to have personal items shipped when you ship you vehicle. Roro only allows for the vehicle to be shipped and it must be empty when loaded to the ship. If you need to ship personal items inside of your vehicle or along with the vehicle, shipping in a container would be the best way to go. Container Shipping allows your vehicle to be loaded with personal items and then placed inside of a large cargo container and shipped overseas.
Customs Import Policies
Customs in Utrecht will require personal identifying paperwork for both you as well as your vehicle. You can check with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, DC for further information on required documents that you will need for importation of your personal vehicle to Utrecht. General policies state that residents will need to transfer the license plates and registration to a local Utrecht plate and registration upon bringing the car to the city. Non-residents and tourists may continue to drive with their current plates and registration while they are visiting the city and driving their own personal vehicle. Unless you have an exemption from import duties and taxes as a permanent resident you will need to pay VAT taxes as well as Green Tax and Import Duties on your personal vehicle. Exemptions can be applied for prior to receiving the vehicle at the port through the customs office. You may also want to check with U.S. Customs on export procedures from the United States on the vehicle and personal material that you need to have imported into Utrecht while you are visiting or relocating to the city.
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.