Shipping a Car From Italy to the USA
Car shipment from Italy to USA is easy with the help of our pros at Ship Overseas. In fact, shipping a car from Italy to the USA can be a breeze if you follow our guidelines. It all starts with a free, no-obligation quote. For that, you will need to provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port in Italy, and Destination Country, in this case, the USA.
For more than 35 years, we’ve been importing and exporting vehicles with ease. Especially if this is your first time shipping a car from Italy to the USA, we will hold your hand through the process so you don’t get overwhelmed. Begin with a free quote and you’re well on your way to successfully shipping a car to the USA from Italy. Have the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, Destination Country (in this case USA), and Destination Port within the USA handy when you request a quote.
What to Know When Shipping a Car to the USA From Italy
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
This documentation is generally required:
- 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
Departure and Arrival Ports
Your vehicle will be taken to the dry ports of Vicenza and Naples and then be trucked to the terminal from there so it can begin its voyage to the USA.
Your vehicle 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 Italy to the USA?
Please call us for a custom quote toll free at 888-805-4994.
But for your own information, there are a few 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’s cheaper to ship a car to the East Coast USA from Italy rather than the West Coast USA?
- It’s cheaper to drive the car to the port rather than hire our truck driver to do it? Sometimes it’s not possible, though, to bring the car to the port yourself when you think about paying gas, lodging, or taking time off work. The same goes on the other end when receiving the shipment in the U.S.
How Long Does it Take?
The on-water voyage time for each U.S. port, in days, is as follows:
Documents Required to Ship a Car to Italy
You will need the passport of consignee (individual receiving the goods at the destination port) if you want to ship a car from Italy to the USA.
No salvage titles are accepted.
Customs Broker Information
Your customs broker/agent is Paul Alpren and the cost is $280.
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge (DHC), also known as the Terminal Handling Charge (THC), for shipping a car from Italy 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). Duty is applicable only for vehicles entering the USA for first time, not returning vehicles.
Vehicle Age Limits
This basically applies to classic cars. For US Spec vehicles, there is no age limit. For non-US Spec vehicle, cars must be at least 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.
Weekly sailings from Ports in Italy to USA
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from the ports of Civitavechhia, Livorno, Monfalcone, Naples, Palermo, Salerno, and Savona in Italy to any U.S. seaport you choose. You will be responsible for getting the vehicle to the port in Italy for shipping to the USA.
Shipping Method for Shipping a Car to Italy
We only offer RoRo shipping (not container shipping) from Italy to the U.S., with shipping vessels departing on a weekly basis from Italy for transport into the United States.
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
With RoRo shipping, all cars are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean water and air. If your car can make it up the ramp and onto the ship on its own, RoRo shipping is the most cost effective and popular method. Its efficiency and reliability are similar to that of an airport, with set departure and arrival dates. RoRo can be used to transport wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles and boats.
Do You Need Marine Insurance?
We recommend it but don’t require it. You would get 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage of theft, vandalism, damage and total loss with a $500 deductible. Coverage kicks in when your car is loaded onto the ship in Italy and expires when the car is collected and signed for at the arrival port in the USA. Total Loss is 1.25% charge for the value of the vehicle.
Don’t have the money for 100% coverage? Purchase partial coverage of 50% to 75%, but just know that it’s your responsibility to pay out of pocket for any damage exceeding the covered amount.
Didn’t we say it was easy to ship a car from Italy to the USA? Ship Overseas is there for you every step of the way. Let’s start you off with a free quote when you call us toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.
Should I purchase Marine Insurance?
This is something we strongly recommend. You never know when rough seas can shift things during transport and damage or loss can occur. Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence. Usually, it’s a concern during hurricane season which runs from June to November when the seas are rougher than normal. 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.
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.
Start the process of shipping a vehicle from Italy to the USA by giving us a call toll-free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.