Shipping a Car From Belgium to the USA
When you need to ship a car from Belgium to the USA, Ship Overseas can guide you through the whole process, making it super simple to ship your car from Belgium to anywhere in the USA. Whether you’re moving from Belgium, you’re selling someone a vehicle in the USA or you’re just making a return trip, here’s the basic information you will need to know before placing an order with us.
For a free, no-obligation quote, please provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port in Belgium, and Destination Country, in this case, USA. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings from one port in Belgium to six in the USA.
What to Know When Shipping a Car to the USA From Belgium
Temporary auto imports into the USA are available for other vehicles for up to one year. Non-residents can no longer import a private use vehicle into the USA for up to 1 year WITHOUT pre-approval from the EPA in advance of arrival. The vehicle must have less than ¼ tank of gas.
Your car has to pass United States EPA & DOT standards so it can pass U.S. Customs. Motor vehicles less than 25 years old must comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in order to be imported permanently into the United States.
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Documents Required to Ship a Car to Belgium
You will need to provide documentation as well, including:
- Bill of Lading
- Bill of Sale
- Registration from country of origin
- Proof of ownership
- EPA Form 3520-1 showing emissions compliance
- DOT Form HS-7 showing safety compliance
- Manufacturer’s label on engine showing emission requirements have been met
You will need the passport of consignee in order to ship a car from Belgium to the USA. The consignee is the person who is receiving the goods at the destination port.
Departure and Arrival Ports
Your car will leave the Zeebrugge port from Belgium. Zeebrugge, a Belgian port and seaside resort, connects to the city of Bruges by the Baudouin Canal.
It will arrive at one of six ports in the USA:
- New York, NY
- Baltimore, MD
- Charleston, SC
- Brunswick, GA
- Galveston, TX
- Port Hueneme, Ventura County CA
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car From Belgium to the USA?
- The base cost to ship a car from Belgium to the U.S. is $1,498.
- The base cost to ship an SUV from Belgium to the U.S. is $1,627.
- Whether the car is driven to the Zeebrugge port by yourself or a friend, or if you need one of our truck drivers to get it there for you. This sometimes happen when you live too far from the port and it’s not worth it to bring it yourself when you factor in gas, lodging, time off work, etc. The same goes on the other end when receiving the shipment in the U.S.
- It’s cheaper to ship a car than it is to ship an SUV or truck.
- It’s cheaper to ship a car to the East Coast USA from Belgium rather than the West Coast USA.
How Long Does it Take?
The on-water voyage time is as follows for each U.S. port. The number represents DAYS:
Customs Broker Information
Your customs broker/agent is Paul Alpren and the cost for his services is $280.
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge (THC) for shipping a car from Belgium to the USA is $215 to $275. This is also known as the Terminal Handling Charge.
Do Returning Citizens Have to Pay Import Fees (Terminal Handling Charges)?
You would pay THC+US Customs Entry (Duty only if applicable).
Vehicle Age Limits
For US Spec vehicles, there is no age limit. For non-US Spec vehicle, cars must be a minimum of 25+ years old. This generally applies to classic cars.
How Much is Import Tax?
Import tax is 3% (this number includes 2.5% Duty + HMF & MPF fees). HMF is the Harbor Maintenance Fee and MPF is the Merchandise Processing Fee.
No salvage titles are accepted.
Shipping Method for Shipping a Car to Belgium
We only offer RoRo shipping from Belgium to the U.S. not container shipping. Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from the port in Belgium for transport into the United States.
Keep in mind, many factors play in to the final price, such as:
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
RoRo is a great choice when shipping a car that is able to make it up the ramp and onto the ship on its own. This is our most cost effective and popular method of shipping cars from the USA to Belgium, plus it’s efficient and reliable, offering set departure and arrival dates (kind of like an airport). We use RoRo to transport wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles and boats.
All cars are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean water and air so you get the ultimate in protection from the elements.
Weekly sailings from Antwert and Zeebrugge Ports in Belgium to USA
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from two cities in Belgium: Antwerp and Zeebrugge, to any U.S. seaport you choose. You will be responsible for getting the vehicle to the port in Belgium for shipping to the USA. From there, Ship Overseas uses one of these two methods:
RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships, meant specifically for transporting wheeled cargo such as cars and motorcycles, entails vehicles being driven onto the ship of their own power (just like a big parking garage ramp).
Container Shipping – Your car is shipped inside a container, along with other cars, if you select shared shipping, or it can make the journey all by itself if you choose exclusive.
Do You Need Marine Insurance?
We offer 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage of theft, vandalism, damage and total loss with a $500 deductible. It’s highly recommended that you sign on for the insurance but it is not required. Coverage starts at the time your car is loaded onto the ship in Belgium and lasts until it is collected and signed for at the arrival port in the USA. Total Loss is 1.25% charge for the value of the vehicle.
If you are hesitant to pay for 100% coverage, you can buy partial coverage of 50% to 75% of the value. Keep in mind, though, that you are responsible for paying out of pocket for any damage exceeding the covered amount.
Ready to get started on shipping a car from Belgium to the USA? Let Ship Overseas handle all the details and the process will go smoothly! Give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.
Protecting your investment is important. Marine insurance can provide that peace of mind. That’s why we highly recommend you purchase the optional marine insurance. We offer FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for.
You’ll definitely want to buy Marine Insurance if you can’t afford to pay out of pocket for any unfortunate repairs, damage or loss. Keep in mind, this is rare. The only time this would pose a real issue is during hurricane season, which lasts from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.
Ready to ship your car to Belgium? We hope this page has been helpful. If you have additional questions, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.