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Shipping a car to the USA? Here’s what to know

Interested in shipping a car to the USA? There are a few things you need to know. While the restrictions and requirements may seem intimidating for first-time shippers, CFR staff is here to help make the process as painless as possible.

Import Restrictions:

If the vehicle does not meet these requirements, you may still be able to import your vehicle, however the process may take significantly longer and could be a lot more costly.

Upon Arrival at USA Port of Entry:

Vehicles must be processed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon arrival. Documents needed include:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Bill of Sale
  • Foreign Registration
  • Any other documents covering the vehicle
  • Completed EPA and DOT forms

An $800 CBP exemption can be applied to the value of your vehicle if:

  • You are a returning U.S. resident (Returning from travel, work, or study abroad)
  • The vehicle returns with you and is brought back for personal use
  • Vehicle was acquired during the trip you are returning from

A duty rate of 3% will be applied to the next $1,000 of your vehicle after the $800 exemption has been applied. The remaining value of the vehicle receives the regular duty rate.

Ready to Ship? We’re Ready to Serve You

CFR Rinkens

CFR Rinkens provides global door-to-door shipping solutions for any cargo. While known primarily for our expertise in classic car & new vehicle transportation, we also have vast experience in handling commercial freight, household goods, and complex project, oversize and break-bulk cargo. With offices and agents around the Unites States, Europe & Asia-Pacific, we're ready for any of your logistics needs.

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