If you are facing shipping a car from France to the USA, you need someone you can rely on to make the process go smoothly. For that, turn to Ship Overseas. Whether you’re moving from France, selling someone a vehicle in the USA or just making a return trip, check out this basic information you need to know before placing an order with us.
For a free, no-obligation quote, please give us the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port in France, and Destination Country, in this case, the USA. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings out of Belgium (not France) to six ports in the USA.
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.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car From France to the USA?
Please call us for a custom quote toll free at 888-805-4994.
There are some things that will dictate your price. Did you know…
It’s cheaper to ship a car than it is to ship an SUV or truck?
It depends on who’s driving? Whether the car is driven to the port by yourself or a friend, or if you need one of our truck drivers to get it there for you. This may occur when you live too far from the port and you can’t 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 to the East Coast USA from France rather than the West Coast USA?
We shipped our vehicle from Hawaii to Belgium. We contacted several companies online. Miron from Ship Overseas was the first to get back to us. This was our first time shipping a vehicle internationally and we had no idea what the entire process was going to be like. Some of the reviews we read said the company wasn't very responsive or communicative. We had quite the opposite experience. Miron communicated with us every step of the way. Communication was extremely important to us as this was quite a complicated process. Miron answered all our questions and provided all necessary details of the process. He was also very upfront with the fees and even advised us of what fees to expect here in Belgium. Our car made it to Belgium on schedule without any hassle. Miron's contact here in Belgium was also very thorough. I recommend Miron from Ship Overseas 100%.
Highly recommended. Paul, Miron, and team were very thorough/detail oriented. It was my first time having a car shipped from Europe which I purchased. He made sure I had all the paperwork needed. They also arranged transportation both to and from the ports.
I feel bad as I see a lot of people writing bad comments about this company. I've NEVER had a problem with them. NEVER.(Regarding the negative reviews..)Ship overseas is not an insurance provider, but rather a shipping company -- you must make sure to get insurance when shipping your vehicle so that no damages occur to it. They don't own the ship, nor workers, and of course as a result cannot guarantee the people on the ship won't damage your car.ShipOverseas is my go-to when I have to ship my cars. Which sounds funny to say, but I've actually shipped my car multiple times with them.Jack, one of the agents and owner is always very helpful, and does a great job of putting in trust in clients by making sure you understand the process in detail.I've transported my CLA45 AMG from the US to Belgium, without a problem, and have shipped it back, and am now buying a new car and shipping it back!You could say I'm somewhat of a (very happy) repeat customer – Photos for reference!
We highly recommend Shipoverseas services! Not only are they specialized in shipping gas/diesel motor operated cars but also specialize in shipping EV vehicles as well. We used there International shipping services to ship a 2022 Porsche Taycan to Dubai. The car arrived in less than a month in perfect shape, same as leaving our location. We worked with both Jack and Gary, both were great communicating and providing a timely status update. We will definitely be a regular customer! Thank you Jack and Gary!
Thank you Miron and Ship Overseas Team for helping me ship my car to Finland. I appreciate your response when I needed answers. Also many thanks for helping me find an agent in Kotka, Finland.I will definitely refer your company to my friends and colleagues.
We got a really good services. Jack always answers your so many questions with a short delay , for sure in the day , most of the time in the hour ( and in the minute too ). Really good communication. That's why we choose Ship Over Seas from the other company quotes we received. Good services , good prices , that's the criteria for our choice we don't regret at all. Thanks again.
Shipped my car from NC to Puerto Rico. They took care of the transport of my car from NC to the port in FL, and then on the ship from FL to PR. The staff was very responsive to all communications I sent, especially while my car was in transit. I always knew exactly where my vehicle was. Very kind and helpful staff, especially when I was just calling to inquire in the beginning. Will use them again if I ever need to ship my car back stateside.
Very helpful, quick response to questions. Shipped my car to Costa Rica, no issues what so ever. I had shipped cars previously with other companies but Ship Overseas helped with the best solution which for my needs was RORO. I will definitely ship with them again, thanks again SHIP Overseas..
Shipped my vehicle from Newark, NJ to Southampton, United Kingdom safely and quickly. All the complicated paperwork was laid out clearly for me to figure out the process. I was able to drive my own car in England a few weeks after dropping it off in the US. Would recommend!
I used Ship Overseas back in 2019 to ship my 2008 Harley Softtail from Galveston Texas to Belgium. I forget exactly how long it took, perhaps in the two month range. However, the bike did eventually arrive and was completely ready for me at pickup. They even handled all the import paperwork etc. My only complaint would be that somehow the bike had accumulated almost 100 extra miles on it from when I dropped in off, and picking it up. Perhaps they needed to run it around the boat a few 1000 times. Also, there were a couple of parts missing from my saddle bags. Lesson: NEVER leave anything that can't be bolted to the object you are shipping. Otherwise, great service and a very good shipping experience.
ShipOverseas was a great partner in shipping a Chevy Bolt EV to Helsinki Finland. The representatives provided easily understood descriptions of the roll on-roll off process, required paperwork, payments, etc. We drove the car onto the Galveston, TX dock with an accompanying guide. It was 100% smoothly accomplished. The car was transferred in Germany without problems (it is an electric vehicle with some unique starting characteristics) and offloaded near Helsinki, Finland. The photo shows incredibly clean conditions at the destination despite weeks at sea. I can highly recommend ShipOverseas for safe, economical, and successful vehicle shipping.
If you never had your car shipped before, I can tell you that it can be a very fearful, and stressful event, but I can vouch 1st hand that this agency took all the thought fear and stress away! We moved my XT-5 from DFW to overseas (Bahrain). We didn't have any issues, and it was relatively fast considering it's been shipped across the seas. I will 100% recommend this company to anyone and everyone. Hassle-free and delivers what was promised. I'll definitely be using them whenever we decide to return stateside!
i shipped an 89' Land Rover Defender from italy to the US without troubles, they took care of all docs and around 60 days later the car was at the port in VA. i'd definitely use them again in the future.
I shipped two cars from Savannah to Germany. Super easy process and the rates were better than anyone elses that i was getting for the same route. Would recommend them to anyone for their shipping needs. They helped along the way to get the documents needed and explained the process clearly so i knew exactly what needed to be done to have my cars on the boat that I needed them to be on. Pickup on the other side was easy as well with who shipoverseas was partnered with where my vehicles arrived. They were in contact with me often so i knew that the vehicles were on time and when to have everything ready. I will certainly be in touch again when it's time to return from my oversea travels. Thanks for the smooth process!
My car purchase and shipping to the Middle East was full of challenges and complications, however the one thing that was 100% smooth was the part handled by Miron from Ship Overseas. Great service and communication from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
This company and team were tremendously professional & also the least expensive company I found. I researched quite a few before settling on ShipOverseas. I’m glad I chose them, they were able to deliver my vehicle to my destination port in Korea when others said they could only deliver to one port in Korea and for less money. I will definitely use them again and recommend anyone shipping anyone to consult with ShipOverseas.com. Well done!
Hello Tere! Last summer I sent my car to Estonia. I was scared little bit because it was my first time ( maybe even last!) to do this kind of thing. But it went very smoothly - unexpectedly . Most difficult thing was driving myself to the port, but I did it! I could order somebody from Ship Overseas, but it cost money. And paperwork was pretty normal. The same day, I left to the airport, I got phone call that they sent car title to my old address. Wow! I thought that this title goes directly to the Estonian port, but I was wrong. They sent this very important paper over to my son.It arrived on time when I was ready to show car documents to the toll office. Everything ended very well ! Thanks to Ship Overseas. And , by the way, sending my car to Estonia was much, much cheaper than other companies offered. I am thankful !!!
I have worked with this company for many years. We started shipping cars overseas in 2004. They are the BEST! They take a serious interest in making sure your car gets where it needs to go and will walk you through all the steps to make it a smooth move! We have shipped many cars to the UK and Germany as well as several to Bahrain, I cannot imagine using anyone else. Jack, Paul, Miron and April all made my job a lot easier for over 18 years
Om my GOSH! Words can't express how grateful I am for the experience I had with Ship Overseas. Living and working overseas can be a challenge but when I called they knew exactly what to do. Other shipping companies gave a long list of the things I needed, the paperwork, questions, and the costs. Overseas got me situated in one phone call. It was fabulous!!
Ship Overseas has great rates and staff! After using them to ship my car to Germany I knew I would use them when returning to the US as well. I did get quotes both times from numerous companies but no one could beat Ship Overseas. Shipping is a breeze with them and their staff are great at getting back to you in a timely manner!
The on-water voyage time for each U.S. port, in days, is as follows:
Departure and Arrival Ports
Keep in mind, we do not ship directly from France. Your vehicle will be taken to the Zeebrugge port in Belgium for transport to the USA.
Your vehicle will arrive at one of six ports in the USA:
New York, NY
Port Hueneme, Ventura County CA
Documents Required to Ship a Car to France
You will need the passport of consignee if you want to ship a car from France to the USA. The consignee is the individual receiving the goods at the destination port.
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
Customs Broker Information
Your customs broker/agent is Paul Alpren and the cost for his services is $28
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge (DHC), also known as the Terminal Handling Charge (THC), for shipping a car from France to the USA is between $215 and $275.
Do Returning Citizens Have to Pay Import Fees (Terminal Handling Charges)?
You will pay THC+US Customs Entry (Duty only if applicable).
Vehicle Age Limits
This generally applies to classic cars. For US Spec vehicles, there is no age limit. For non-US Spec vehicle, cars must be a minimum of 25+ years old.
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.
Do You Need Marine Insurance?
We recommend it. We offer 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage of theft, vandalism, damage and total loss with a $500 deductible. Coverage is not required to ship a car. Coverage starts at the time your car is loaded onto the ship in France 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 don’t want to pay for 100% coverage, you can buy partial coverage of 50% to 75% of the value. However, it’s your responsibility to pay out of pocket for any damage exceeding the covered amount.
See? We told you it was easy to ship a car from France to the USA! Ship Overseas can give you a free quote and more info when you call us toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840. Or, use our online form for a fast quote.
Shipping Method for Shipping a Car to France
We only offer RoRo shipping from France to the U.S. not container shipping. Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from the port in Belgium (not France) for transport into the United States.
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 France, 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 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
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.