Import cars

Introduction

Do you think that importing a car from Europe and abroad is an extremely complicated process?

Well, to be honest, it’s not that complicated if all the steps are followed honestly. In fact, not only from Europe but car shipping from any other country like China, UAE, UK, China, Vietnam, Australia to the USA isn’t that complicated as it is considered to be. And if you have friends like CMSDIVINE then it is 100% hassle-free.

In this article, we will be going to discuss how you can import your car or even import your classic car to the USA by enlightening you about all the paperwork and cost involved. So, keep reading till the end.

Pro Tip: There are a few countries from which importing your car will not be allowed. The list of the countries is dynamic and subject to international relations of that time. You can access the latest list from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Permanently vs Temporarily Importing

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Before even going deep into the paperwork it is important to understand that there are different conditions applicable to your car in the importing process depending upon the duration of the car in the USA.

If you plan to temporarily (<12 months) import your car to the USA then, your car has the liberty to not follow US standards. But if your plan is to import your car to the US for more than 12 months or permanently, then the conditions change drastically and are discussed in the next section.

Pro Tip: If you are thinking of importing a car from Europe and abroad by modifying it to US standards, then it might not be a good idea as the modification costs are generally too high making this process economically not suitable. Therefore, talk to your car agent before buying a car.

ot that complicated if all the steps are followed honestly. In fact, not only from Europe but car shipping from any other country like China, UAE, UK, China, Vietnam, Australia to the USA isn’t that complicated as it is considered to be. And if you have friends like CMSDIVINE then it is 100% hassle-free.

In this article, we will be going to discuss how you can import your car or even import your classic car to the USA by enlightening you about all the paperwork and cost involved. So, keep reading till the end.

Pro Tip: There are a few countries from which importing your car will not be allowed. The list of the countries is dynamic and subject to international relations of that time. You can access the latest list from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Necessary Conditions to import your car in the USA:

There are primarily three conditions amongst which one should be definitely followed. The conditions are as follows:

  • Your car must be manufactured or modified according to US standards
  • At least 25 years old if not manufactured according to US standards
  • Importing temporarily, i.e., <12 months

If your car does not fall into any one of the above-mentioned points, then there are strong chances that you cannot import your car to the USA. In that case, you must try to modify your car or contact your car transportation company for guidance.

Documents required

Let’s come to the paperwork. You should always have good communication with your car transportation service agency about all the necessary paperwork required.

  • Shipper’s or carrier’s original bill of lading
  • The bill of sale
  • Foreign registration
  • EPA Form 3520-1
  • DOT Form HS-7

Maintaining all this paperwork can be extremely hectic and time-consuming if you don’t have a car transportation service company like CMSDIVINE. With CMSDIVINE, you don’t have to worry about the documentation process.

Specific Ports of Entry

There are specific ports of entry of vehicles to the USA. Some of the major ports of entry include:

  • Newark, NJ
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Houston, TX

You can browse the complete list by visiting US Customs and Borders Protection website from here.

Cost

The cost of importing a car from Europe and abroad is dependent upon several factors as mentioned below:

·         Transport type

Have you opted for RORO shipping or container shipping? Generally, RORO shipping is cheaper than container shipping.

·         Dimensions of the Car

If the dimensions of your car are larger than the normal car, it will end up occupying more space on the ship and thus will be charged higher.

·         Duty-Fee

Duty fees have to be paid on any vehicle being imported to the USA that is not manufactured in the USA. The rate of duty fee is as follows:

Automobile

2.5%

Trucks

25%

Motorcycles  

either free or 2.4%

·         Distance

It is the most important factor in cost consideration. More is the distance; more is the cost.

·         Port of Loading and Discharge

CMSDIVINE works from all the major ports in the USA and in Western Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. A detailed list is as follows:

Port of Loading

Port of Discharge

Newark, Baltimore, Brunswick, Savannah, Jacksonville, Houston.

Lagos, Nigeria, Tema, Ghana, Lome, Togo, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Bremerhaven, Zeebrugge, Southampton

Based on the above factors a final quote will be provided by your freight transporter. You can contact us now for a customized quote. We will make sure that you get the best services at the lowest price possible.

Mandatory Checks before Importing

Empty your Vehicle

It is extremely important that you do not use your vehicle in transit as a container for your other goods. Trust us, the US Customs and Borders Protection will not appreciate this, and you might be fined, or your vehicle can be seized if an unidentified object is found in your car that is not disclosed in the papers.

Clean the undercarriage

U.S. Department of Agriculture requires every vehicle to be free of any pests or harmful foreign soil that can cause the problem in the USA. Therefore, you are suggested to clean the undercarriage of your vehicle properly before sending it to your transportation company

Why should you choose CMSDIVINE?

Trust and Reliability

We are proud to say that over the last few years we have achieved a milestone of 1000s of vehicle deliveries and brought a smile to our customer’s faces. Want to experience the same? Contact Us now.

 Experience

There is no match for experience, isn’t it? We are a team of highly experienced members with each member specializing in their field.

 Personal Care

We are always focused on our customer’s requirements. From the time you contact us for your requirement, we’ll be there for you just like F.R.I.E.ND.S.

 No Hidden Charges

The one key factor that separates us from our competition is our honesty and integrity with charges. We have always tried to keep our price affordable and never ever tricked any customer into a hidden cost. We are sincere that way.

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It’s quite easy to buy auto (or anything else motorized or non motorized) in the USA.

We also carry out local delivery within the USA and we can deliver to you anywhere in the Global World.

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