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Shipping Cars to Europe from USA

When it comes to shipping cars to Europe from the USA, we utilize all major European base ports. So, shipping a car or motorbike from the US to any destination in Europe is quite easy and cost effective.

Schumacher Cargo Logistics is a premier leader in the industry and we have shipped cars to and from Europe since 1977. With our dedicated auto export department, we offer the best rates and services to every European country.

Start your car shipment to Europe with our Online Form and read our guide on how to ship a car to Europe below.

Vehicle Shipping to Europe from US: Shipping Cars to Europe and Other Automobiles

How to Ship a Car to Europe

If you want to ship a car to Europe from the USA, you’ve come to the best resource to learn how. Shipping cars to Europe is a simple process when working with the right shipping company. Once you start with SCL, we take care of all the major steps to ship your car anywhere in Europe.

When shipping a car to Europe, start with all of the details particular to your shipment. A few of the things you should have in mind are the vehicle details, origin, and destination. With this info we can begin to work with you on completing your import.

Container Car Shipping to Europe

Container shipping is the most common way to ship a car to Europe. Containers offer necessary protection for the long trip and allow for additional services. Some services include consolidation rates, all-risk insurance, and loading goods inside the vehicle.

Consolidated Container

Consolidated car shipments are our most popular offering. With our volume of shipments, we can consolidate multiple cars going to the same location in Europe. By doing this, you only need to pay for the space your car takes up. This services offers the best rates with the protection of a container. The only downside with this is the shipment takes longer than exclusive containers because of the extra time to consolidate.

Exclusive Container

Exclusive containers are generally used when you have enough cars to fill it by yourself. This type of shipping is also used if you need to skip the time for consolidation and need to ship sooner.

RoRo to Europe (Roll on Roll off)

Roll on roll off shipping is less popular, but some niche destinations only offer this service. With this type of shipping, your car is loaded into the belly of the shipping vessel on a first come first serve basis. Since it is open to the elements, all-risk insurance is not available for RoRo.

Read more about RoRo vs Container Shipping and decide the best way to ship your car to Europe.

Air Freight to Europe

Air freight shipping to Europe is used when time is the main concern and cost is not an issue. When using air service, the total transit time is around 2-3 weeks. This shipment type is very expensive and is usually for events or shows where there is a tight deadline and the vehicles are high value.

How Much Does Shipping Cars to Europe Cost

The cost for car shipping to Europe depends on factors specific to each person. An example is that the price to ship a car to Europe from Los Angeles will be more expensive than from New York, even with all other things the same. For this reason we create custom quotes for every car shipment to make sure you receive the most accurate price.

To begin shipping your car to Europe and get a custom quote, please fill out our Online Quote Form or call in at 1-800-599-0159.

When you are ready to ship your car to Europe, and if price is a major factor when determining who you choose, ask us for a quote. You will get a clear written quotation defining your options from the US origin port to Europe. Should you need any advice or information prior to making that decision, we are happy to answer all your questions.

Rates start as low as $850 for cars depending on vehicle dimensions, pickup location, and EU base port of entry.*

*These estimates are for ocean freight only in a shared container and don’t include destination fees or duties and taxes.

Main Container Ports for Vehicle Shipping in Europe:

West EuropeNorth EuropeMediterranean
Rotterdam, NetherlandsFelixstowe, UKBarcelona, Spain
Le Havre, FranceDublin, IrelandGenoa, Italy
Bremerhaven, GermanyOslo, NorwayMarseille, France
Antwerp, BelgiumAarhus, Denmark
Gothenburg, Sweden

This list highlights the majority of coastal countries in Europe. These are the main European ports that accept vehicle shipments from the USA. No matter where you are in Europe, we still offer door to door car shipments. Read the section below for more info on inland countries.

Shipping a Car to Inland Europe

What if you shipping a car to Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, or other inland European countries ?

We can also handle any of the other European countries without direct port access.

In this case, we ship your vehicle in through the nearest European base port. Then we arrange to have the vehicle relocated to its final destination in your country of choice. You can lower your costs by picking the automobile up at the base port, but many customers prefer to have it delivered right to their door. Paying for car transport in Europe obviously costs more, but may save you from travelling to the port to collect the car yourself, and then drive it home which adds hundreds of miles to the clock!

There are two benefits to doing this

  1. These base ports will have the best container rates, so you will save money on the ocean freight.
  2. It often costs less to transport a vehicle to a base port and pay for inland delivery than it does to try to move a car in its own 20′ container to the closest port just for the sake of being closer.

When entering in through any EU base port, if your final destination country is within the EU, you can clear customs at the port of entry. This clearing process is handled by receiving or destination agents. We have many global partners and these agents assist with things such as documentation to import a car to Europe, clearing customs, pick up, and unloading.

Best Ports to Use When Shipping a Vehicle to Inland Europe

This question really depends on the client’s specific requirements and schedule but we recommend Bremerhaven, Germany for most vehicles. Germany is a great entry port for many shipments that end up in Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Antwerp and Rotterdam also serve as easy options.

If you are shipping a motorcycle and clients don’t need their own container, then it is best to use a shared container service to high volume ports like Bremerhaven, Antwerp, and Rotterdam. Remember, the port you choose will also depend on the status of your shipment and the best cost factor for inland transportation. We have vast experience with inland moves like this, and we advise the best route for you and your vehicle(s).

Are There Any Special Documents I Need To Export Cars to Europe?

Whenever you are shipping to Europe from the US, documentation is fairly straightforward and will only vary slightly depending on the commodity you are shipping. This means that most people will be able to export a car to Europe without hassle.

If you are moving a vehicle to Europe, such as a car or truck, then the most common documents that we need to export are:

  • Original title
  • Bill of sale (if vehicle has not been owned for more than 6 months)
  • Valid passport or ID
  • Power of attorney in some cases, depending on the port of loading

We will use these documents to clear customs, and export your vehicle to any European destination.

Once the shipment sails from the US, we send all original documents to our handling agent at the port of arrival. They will act on your behalf and clear customs for import. Then all documents will be handed back to you when you receive your car.

You will also have your stamped import docs which you should keep in a safe place, as you will need them to register the vehicle at the final destination, and they come in handy should you ever want to relocate the car or motorbike back to the US.

Common Conversions for US Vehicles

Your local customs office or embassy will be able to give you the most up to date information for conversions.

There are a few common ones that will be mandatory if you are importing a vehicle to Europe long term and plan on registering and driving legally.

These include:

  • Odometer conversion from MPH to KPH
  • Meeting emissions standards enforced by the EU country
  • Lighting: headlight mirrors, fog lights, yellow parking/side lights

*Some of these will not apply if the vehicle is over 25 years old.

More EU Car Shipping Info

Fill out our Online Quote Form and start your car shipping to Europe today!

For more info on any of the above, call one of our representatives at:

US 562-408-6677 or Toll-Free 800-599-0190

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