Each year, individuals decide to ship cars to Spain from the U.S. for a variety of reasons. We’ve spent the past 37 years specializing in the market for Spanish car shipping destinations.
Whether you need a single vehicle transported for a temporary work stay or are relocating to Spain long term with your entire family, we have services available to accommodate all our client’s needs.
The process of exporting the cars will be similar regardless of your status or intent and the main difference will be when the vehicle arrives overseas and is imported.
*Other destinations for car shipping to Spain available
First we’ll explain the options available to you when shipping a car to Spain with our services and how they will affect the ocean transport costs for the car(s) and the estimated time frames.
Transporting a Car to Spain from the USA
There are many reasons to choose our services if you want to transport vehicles. We have 5 nationwide warehouse locations and offer a pick up service for those who cannot deliver automobiles themselves.
Additionally, all aspects of the export are covered by Schumacher Cargo including customs documentation prep, customs clearance and the associated fees involved with clearing U.S. departure ports.
Our five warehouse locations include Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami and Savannah. As distance affects any type of transit, the departure locations can also affect the ocean transport time.
Because of this, many clients have their shipment depart from either New York or Miami as they are closer geographically.
This may mean paying a little more for domestic transport but the ocean shipping rate will be lower.
Two main forms of overseas auto transport to Spain are a RoRo service (roll-on roll-off) and container shipments.
In many cases, containerized shipments are the method of choice not only because they add extra security and protection, but also because you can consolidate a car with others to cut down transport costs and destination fees at the Spanish ports.
Most of the time, you will be allowed to bring additional belongings inside your car up to a reasonable amount.
We also offer a sole container service for anyone wanting their own individual 20ft container. The costs will be higher but most vehicles can fit in a 20′ and it takes less time to ship than using consolidation.
The second way to ship a car to Spain, ro-ro, works well when bringing a single vehicle. How this options works is much like an underground parking lot except it’s inside the belly of a ship and you essentially pay for a parking spot.
The downside to this method is that contents other than the jack and spare tire are not permitted inside under any circumstances.
Both of the main ports we frequent in Spain have these services available and it comes down to preference so make sure to discuss this during your initial consultation.
- Container Departures
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Ro-Ro Departures
- New York
- Entry Ports
- Bilbao (mainly ro-ro)
Shipping cars overseas is an intricate process and things can change, but we always try to meet our quote times.
From the west coast of the United States to either Valencia or Barcelona, it generally takes between 4-6 weeks on the water.
Those preferring to transport a car to Spain from the east coast can expect a 3-5 week ocean transit time. However, things can and do happen so actual times may vary.
Customs and Import Information
We have agents who can help with all your import documents and assist with any issues you may have with customs but the following information is useful to know.
Like all international ports, there will always be destination and unloading fees to move your car from the port and it is no different in Spain.
Where the country does vary from many of it’s counterparts is that it has many regional states and each has offices called Gestorias which can also handle the paperwork process for you.
The exact cost will vary so make sure to ask one of our specialists and we’ll try to give you an accurate assessment.
If you’re importing a car into Spain for a temporary amount of time, it can be done without having to pay taxes and duties for a period no longer than 6 months.
After those six months, you’ll be required to either export the vehicle or pay the required taxes and duties if you plan to apply for permanent residency.
Documentation for Your Vehicle
Not having correct or up-to-date documentation for your motor vehicle can cost a lot of time and money when dealing with Spanish customs.
The main documents are valid identification and proof of residency, original title, valid registration and a notarized bill of sale in some cases.
As mentioned, there are many regions and there may be additional paperwork, as some ports require more documentation.
For a full list of required documents and forms visit Spain’s Traffic Department website. If you have any other questions please contact us or fill out our online quote form.
Written by Damien Shields