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Ship Your Car from the USA to the UK Weekly

When shipping a car to the UK, the RoRo method is the best if you are only shipping one car and nothing else. Your car must simply be able to drive up and down the ramp of the RoRo Ship without any mechanical help. Absolutely no items are allowed in the car except for the spare tire and jack.

If you are shipping 2 or more vehicles to UK, we will probably send it via container ship because it’ll be less expensive. Unlike RoRo, with container ships you can send a maximum of 150 pounds of personal belongings inside the car.

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to the United Kingdom so you can ship car to UK weekly. We offer several auto shipping methods and additional services, to meet all your auto shipping needs to the United Kingdom. Find out more about shipping methods provided by Ship Overseas.

Cities we ship to in the UK

Liverpool, UK
Southampton, UK

What documents do I need to ship a car from the USA to the UK?

An Original Clear Title of Ownership.

Can I ship a car to the UK if it’s on finance?

lf there is a Lien on the vehicle, you can only ship it if you are in the U.S. military. Private persons cannot ship a car on which there is a lien. If you are in the military, you need an Original Notarized Lien Authorization letter + 3 Notarized Copies of the Title’s front and back or an Electronic Title with a copy of your military orders and a Dock Receipt is required.

What should I know about shipping car to UK using RoRo?

For RoRo shipments the vehicle must be in good mechanical condition. Also, NO items are permitted in the vehicle. For RoRo shipments, off-loading fees of approximately 125 pounds are payable on pick up of the vehicle.

How much does it cost to import a car from the USA to the UK?

Import duties can vary for motor vehicles depending on their function and country of manufacture. Passenger vehicles have a different duty rate than commercial vehicles. VAT at 17.5 % is normally applied to many imported vehicles, based on the purchase price.

Shipping a standard size sedan in running condition on a Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ship starts at $795 to $1025 from Baltimore, MD to Southampton, UK. RoRo shipping from Galveston, TX to Southampton, UK starts at $825. Ship Overseas ships cars, including SUVs and trucks, motorcycles, RVs and boats to the UK and internationally.

For more information on the shipping prices, please use this form to get a quote or feel free to contact us by phone at (858) 346-6908 or toll-free at (888) 805-4994.

Can I be exempt from paying taxes?

Vehicles imported as part of change of residence can be imported without paying duty or VAT. Temporary imports can also be free from taxes for a period of up to 6 months. The importer must meet with required criteria. Vehicles have to be owned in USA for more than one year to avoid 17.5% VAT import charge.

Returning UK citizens are exempt from customs duty & the 17.5% VAT if they can show proof of residence in a foreign country for more than one year.

USA military personal must obtain special military tags (the ones on the lower drivers-side windshield) from the officer in charge of transport before picking up the vehicle which will exempt them from paying taxes.

What are the latest tax rates when I ship my car to the UK from the USA?

Visit the UK government website, or contact the British Embassy in the United States for the latest tax rates for importing a car. The British Embassy may guide you to the British Consular. The import duty depends on what type of vehicle you are transporting to UK.

British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
Phone: (202) 588 6500

How much does it cost to import my car from the USA to the UK if I am in the UK?

If you are in the UK and need to ship a car from USA to UK, use this UK Trade Tariff Tool to find out the latest tariffs. To import a vehicle from Liverpool, UK to Baltimore, MD using RoRo starts at $1225, and from Southampton, UK starts at $1350. Ship Overseas ships cars, including SUVs and trucks, motorcycles, RVs and boats to the US and internationally.

For more information on the shipping prices, please use this form to get a quote or feel free to contact us by phone at (858) 346-6908 or toll-free at (888) 805-4994.

What shipping methods are available at Ship Overseas?

RoRo Shipping
Exclusive Container Shipping
Shared Container Shipping
Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping
Marine Insurance

Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.