Shipping a Car to Israel

Haifa, Israel with view of shipping port

Once you’ve decided that you are going to ship your car to Israel rather than purchase one in the country, the next step is to find a dependable auto shipping service.

Schumacher Cargo has been shipping cars to Israel from the U.S. for over 35 years and our experience is what sets up apart from our competitors.

Shipping a Car from the U.S.

Depending on the exact service you are looking to use, we’ll be able to move your car or other vehicle from its location here in the U.S. to numerous destinations in Israel.

As a note however, there are some types of vehicles and cars that are not allowed to be shipped. Make sure that you are aware of this by referencing the nearest consulate for updated listings.

Major Destinations

  • Jerusalem
  • Haifa
  • Tel Aviv
  • Ashdod

Israel Car Shipping Procedure

The overall process for shipping a car to Israel begins with the initial quotation. After you’ve received a rate and made a booking the next step is delivering your auto to one of our U.S. departure locations.

For this, you can either deliver the car yourself or we can arrange to have it picked up and transported domestically to one of our warehouses.

Because of the shorter sail time, and the frequency of the cargo, the majority of our clients who book to Israel will move their vehicles to our east coast warehouses in either New York or Miami.

Our Shipping Services for Vehicles Include:

  • Domestic pick up and transport
  • Full dock receipt
  • Photographs and inspection report upon arrival at our warehouse
  • Online tracking
  • U.S. port and customs clearance

Although we cover the entire export procedure there will be destination fees upon importing the vehicle after it has arrived in Haifa, Israel.

Car Shipping to Israel Using Ro-Ro, Container or Airfreight

These are the three ways of shipping a car to Israel. Each of them has their pros and cons and not all services are available at every port. We’ll give you a brief overview of each one.

We recommend using our container service. There are two options, sole vs. shared. As we are consolidators, our rates to Israel are highly competitive when moving vehicles inside a shared container.

Transportation costs are lower than when using a sole container service as well as destination and unloading fees because you’re essentially sharing the costs with other clients’ shipments.

Ro-Ro stands for roll-on roll-off. Using this method, your car is driven into the hull of the vessel.

Should you elect to ship your car to Israel using Ro-Ro, we have rates to both Haifa and Ashdod from New York and Baltimore.

If you’re bringing a single vehicle by itself, this would be an option however it must in running order and it cannot have any other items in the car.

Transporting a vehicle to Israel via air freight is the least common method due to the costs involved, but it’s also the fastest.

Importing Autos into Israel

Haifa is our port of entry for anyone shipping a car to Israel via container. This is where customers’ vehicles will pass through customs.

Should you need your car transported from Haifa to another city in Israel, our destination agents will be able to work with you.

Tax and Duty Information

If you are going to ship a car to Israel you can expect to pay heavily in customs duties.

Car Tax in Israel: 50% of the value

VAT: 17% based on the value of the vehicle plus the amount it’s taxed

Documentation Required

  • Valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, plates and insurance
  • Entrance visa
  • Passport
  • Teudat Oleh
  • Clear title
  • Bill of lading

Under no circumstances are right hand drive vehicles permitted, which generally isn’t a problem for those shipping a car to Israel from the U.S.

Cost to Ship a Car to Israel

The cost of shipping a car to Israel is dependent on multiple factors and the quickest way to get a car shipping estimate from the U.S. is to speak with an export specialist at (562) 408-6677.

For that you’ll need to have some basic information at hand including make/model, year, current location of the vehicle, etc.

You can also complete our quote form and within 24 hours you’ll receive a detailed quotation and a competitive rate.

How Long Does It Take to Ship a Car to Israel?

The time frame for shipping to Israel depends on the method used, type of goods/vehicles, departure port, etc.

When using the consolidated container shipping services to Israel, the container will not leave until it’s been filled.

So it may take slightly longer before your goods leave than if you were to purchase an individual container and ship this way.

Once a container is filled, your car will be on the water for approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Written by Damien Shields


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