Import Car From France To USA



Getting a car to the USA from France doesn’t have to be difficult. We make it easy here at Ship Overseas, where our specialty is importing cars from other countries to any port in the United States. Ready to ship a car from France to the USA? Check out our helpful guide designed to answer all of your questions.

As a company that’s been shipping cars to and from France for more than 35 years, you can rest easy knowing you’re partnering with the best. Particularly if this is your first time shipping a car to France from the USA, we will walk you through the process step by step so you don’t get overwhelmed. It all starts with a free quote. To get pricing for shipping a car from France, we only need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, Destination Country (in this case USA), and Destination Port.


What to Know When Shipping a Car to the USA From France

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.

Vehicles must 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.

You will need to provide this documentation and possibly more:

  • 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

Weekly sailings from Fos Su Mer and Le Havre in FRANCE to USA

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from the ports of Fos Su Mer and Le Havre in France to any U.S. seaport you choose. You will be responsible for getting the vehicle to the port in France 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

Should I purchase Marine Insurance?

In a word, yes. At least, this is what we strongly recommend. In times of rough seas, particularly hurricane season from June to November, the potential for shifting and damage is slightly elevated. You want to be covered for any necessary repairs, damage or loss, and you don’t want to have to pay for those out of pocket. Keep in mind, the chance of damage or loss is very slim, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

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. 

If you’re now ready to begin the process of shipping a car or other vehicle from France to the USA, we would be happy to assist. Please give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

You can learn more about Marine Insurance here.