Relocating internationally will take quite a bit of stringent planning. When you want your car transported to Valencia, Spain you will need to make careful plans and follow strict export and import regulations. Valencia, which actually has one of the largest container shipping ports in the Mediterranean Sea, is a beautiful city that lays on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula of Spain. You’ll need to acquire the services of an auto transport company that can ship internationally in order to have your car transported. You will also have to have international shipping insurance which is usually provided by the shipper within the total cost of transport. If it does not, International shipping insurance is typically included with your international shipping. You will have to give the shipping agent a copy of your driver’s license, social security card, car title, proof of insurance and a signed Power of Attorney that gives them permission to transport your car overseas.
Import Regulations in Valencia
Fortunately Spain is a country that does not have too many strict regulations when it comes to shipping a car to the country. One pre-requisite to importation to Valencia is that you must own your vehicle for at least six months prior to import. You also need to import the vehicle when you will be entering Valencia as well. You will need to produce specific documents to customs agents once the vehicle reaches the port of entry. The documents are:
- Vehicle Title and Registration
- Proof of Insurance
- Two documents that show the engine chassis number
You will need to register your vehicle once it is in Valencia so you can purchase an auto insurance policy that will cover the vehicle while being driven in Spain. Your current U.S. policy will not be valid in Spain.
What to Know Before You Ship
Before shipping overseas from the United States, you will need a financial quote from your auto transport agent. The quote should include any delivery within the U.S. to the exit port, fees for shipping and the cost for the type of shipping that will be used. The agent will explain any charges that must be paid before shipment leaves the port as well as anything you will need to pay when the car reaches Valencia. You may also want to check with U.S Customs to hear about export regulations and international import laws. There are primarily three ways ship a car internationally. If you will only need to transport your car but have no household goods to ship then the fastest way to ship is with RORO Shipping. Your car is driven onto the ship at the exit port in the U.S. and then driven off when it gets to Valencia. If you do need to ship personal items then you will most likely want to use Container Shipping. Your personal items can be shipped inside the container with your car. You may choose to ship by air instead of by sea. While air shipping is a bit more expensive than shipping by the sea, it is the fastest way to have your car in Valencia with you.
Your auto transport agent is going to be your go-to source for all of your international shipping needs. The agent will be able to direct you to any shipping resources that you will need to ensure your international auto shipping is an easy process and goes as smoothly as possible.
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.