Shipping a Car to Saudi Arabia from USA

Shipping a car internationally when moving to Saudi Arabia is another part of the relocation process but it’s important to understand the steps, as well as what documentation you’ll need.

Each year, we ship thousands of cars and other vehicles to Saudi Arabia and we’ve been serving this market for the past 37 years.

Our Car Shipping Services for Jeddah and Dammam

Regardless of what type of car or other motor vehicle you need to ship, be it a classic car bought at auction or your family SUV, we can move it overseas at a great rate.

When shipping with us, we cover everything on the export side and it’s shown in our quotations.

This includes:

  • Domestic pickup if required.
  • Full vehicle inspection report with pictures taken at our warehouse upon arrival.
  • Indoor storage is available for most cars for a 30 day period
  • U.S. customs clearance.
  • Online tracking of your vehicle’s shipping process from pick up to when it’s loaded and leaves the US.

You can also choose from a few different transport methods including our container service or roll on roll off shipping, as we can facilitate both these service’s to the ports in Jeddah and Dammam.

If you’re looking for the most competitive rate, we generally recommend shipping your car to Saudi Arabia using our shared container services. With our consolidation services, it’s hard to find a better rate.

However, if you’d like a quicker departure and arrival period you can book your own container to either port of entry, but the cost for transport and destination fees may be greater. Talk with one of our export specialists today to see what your options are.

The roll-on roll-off service that we offer to Saudi Arabia is ideal for larger vehicles that may not fit safely inside a standard 40’ container.

After you’ve filled out our quote form and we’ve gathered enough information to give an accurate estimate, one of our specialists will contact you.

Documentation for Your Automobile

There are certain documents that you’ll need in order to clear U.S. customs and import your car to Saudi Arabia. Once we have these documents, we take care of the paperwork so you can relax.  

All the documents that are needed will also be required to clear customs at the port of entry, either Jeddah or Dammam, and for this reason they need to be the originals.

The following documents are needed:

  • Original clear title
  • Notarized bill of sale
  • In some situations, a notarized power of attorney

General Information

Roughly, it’s between 6000 and 8300 miles to Saudi Arabia from the U.S depending on the east and west coasts.  

That’s a long journey for a car in a container and it’s a long distance to cover which is why the time on the water for shipping cars to either these ports is around 5-7 weeks.

The costs to import your car once it arrives in Saudi Arabia are based on the value of the vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer plus ocean freight and insurance.

The country also has a depreciation method which it deploys monthly and it may reduce the costs depending on the year your car was produced. The standard duty and tax rate charged at Saudi customs is 5% for cars and 12% for trucks. This rate can be subject to change and may vary in relation to the status of the importer/ consignee. Please check with your salesperson.

Written by Damien Shields


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