Import Car From Germany To USA

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HOW TO SHIP A CAR FROM GERMANY TO USA

It’s easier than you think to get a car to the USA from Germany, thanks to our straightforward process here at Ship Overseas. Our specialty is importing cars from other countries to any port in the United States. So, if you’re ready to ship a car from Germany to the USA, check out our helpful guide designed to answer all of your questions.


We’re a trustworthy company that’s been shipping cars to and from Germany for more than 35 years. Maybe this is your first time shipping a car from Germany to the USA…if so, we will walk you through the process step by step so you don’t get overwhelmed.



Kick off the process with a free quote. To get pricing for shipping a car from Germany, 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. All shipments originate from the port in Bremerhaven, Germany.

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

First of all, 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 me

In addition: 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

Weekly sailings from Bremerhaven Port in Germany to USA

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from the port of Bremerhven port in Germany to any U.S. seaport you choose. You will be responsible for getting the vehicle to the port in Germany 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?

We think it’s a wise idea. Ship Overseas offers 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 can purchase optional insurance through us that gives you extra protection in the event your car suffers damage or loss.

Keep in mind, the chance of damage or loss while transporting a car from Germany is very slim. The only time this would be a problem would be during hurricane season, lasting from June till November, when the ocean is rougher. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

We hope this page put your mind at ease. If you’re ready to get going on the international car shipping process from Germany to USA, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

You can learn more about Marine Insurance here.