Import Car From Italy To USA



It may seem daunting at first to get a car to the USA from Italy, but it’s really not difficult when you partner with Ship Overseas. Importing cars from other countries to any port in the United States is our specialty. So, whenever you’re ready to ship a car from Italy to the USA, keep reading to view our comprehensive guide.

For more than 35 years, we’re 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


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.

 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?

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.

You can learn more about Marine Insurance here.