Shipping a Car from the USA to France – What Is the Cost?

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Shipping a Car from the USA to France – What Is the Cost?

It is nearly impossible to ship a vehicle of any kind to another country without help from those with all of the qualifications and equipment. Luckily, international auto transport services are very cost effective.

It’s the countries tariffs and fees that usually end up costing a pretty penny. Overall, you can ship a car to France for a reasonable cost.

The taxes associated with vehicle import include a 5-10% tariff for cars or 22% for trucks. You must also pay a VAT of 20%, and a special tax that is based on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. If the vehicle passes the environmental inspection, the special tax may be reduced.


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How the Process of International Auto Shipping Works.

The first thing that should be done is the act of calling the Embassy of France. The embassy will update you on the current auto import policy. Not only must the vehicle type match the description according to the import policy for automobiles, but proof will need to be presented to Customs that the vehicle is in compliance with their laws. The staff at the transport company will help you gather all necessary proof.

Proof Needed.

  • Passport and license.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Proof of paid taxes.
  • Proof of passed inspections.
  • Proof of residency.

As you can see, the process of shipping a car to France is made much easier with professional transport services. This is one reason they are known for their cost efficiency. The advantages and money saved by having a private car imported are tremendous.

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 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, Inc., 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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