If you are looking to engage in car shipment from the UK to the USA, it’s smart to let Ship Overseas handle the logistics for you. We make it simple and affordable to ship a vehicle of any kind from the UK to the USA. That’s why we have put together this helpful guide to show you what is involved in the process.
We can make the process go as smoothly and pain-free as possible. We have experience with all vehicle imports from the UK into the USA, thanks to competitive industry rates and an easy step-by-step process. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings from two ports in the UK. We can get you a free, no-obligation quote when you provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port in UK, and Destination Country, in this case, USA. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings from one port in the UK to six in the USA.
Your vehicle must pass CBP, EPA, and DOT checks. In particular, the car has to pass the safety, bumper and smog check as required by the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations, plus you will have to follow requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On top of that, you must comply with the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Motor Vehicle Safety, Bumper and Theft Prevention Standards regarding vehicle imports into the USA.
NOTE: If the imported car wasn’t made in the USA, isn’t returning and is 25 years old or older, it can be registered in the USA. For vehicles that do not fulfill these criteria, it can be imported for one year only.
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
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 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..
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 !!!
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!
Your car will depart the Southampton port in the UK, bound for one of the following six ports in the USA:
New York, NY
Port Hueneme, Ventura County CA
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car From UK to the USA?
The cost to ship a car from UK to the U.S. is $1,498.
The cost to ship an SUVor truck from UK to the U.S. is $1,627.
Your final price could vary by:
Whether or not you want to ship a car or an SUV/truck (it’s more affordable to ship a car than a larger vehicle).
Whether or not the car will be driven to the Bremerhaven port by you or one of our truck drivers. If you or the person shipping the car doesn’t live close to the Southampton port, it may not be feasible to spend money on gas, lodging, time off work, etc. The same goes on the other end when receiving the shipment in the U.S. (it costs you more money to have a truck driver bring it).
Whether or not you plan to ship from the UK to the East Coast USA or the West Coast USA (it’s more affordable to ship a car to the East Coast).
How Long Does it Take?
Here is the on-water voyage time, listed in days:
Documents Required to Ship a Car to UK
The passport of consignee is required when shipping a car from UK to the USA. The consignee is the recipient of the goods at the destination port.
No salvage titles are accepted.
Customs Broker Information
Your customs broker/agent is Paul Alpren and the charge for services is $280.
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge (DHC), or Terminal Handling Charge (THC), for shipping a car from UK to the USA is $215 to $275.
Do Returning Citizens Have to Pay Import Fees (Terminal Handling Charges)?
Returning citizens pay THC+US Customs Entry (Duty only if applicable).
Duty is applicable only for vehicles entering the USA for the first time, not returning vehicles.
Vehicle Age Limits
For US Spec vehicles, there is no age limit. For non-US Spec vehicles, classic 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, while the MPF is the Merchandise Processing Fee.
Weekly sailings from ports in the United Kingdom to USA
The only type of shipping we offer from UK to USA is RoRo shipping. We do not offer container shipping. Our shipping vessels depart weekly from the UK.
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
When a vehicle can make it up the ramp and onto the ship on its own power, RoRo shipping is the most popular and cost-effective option. It’s efficient and reliable with departure and arrival dates that are set just like an airport. RoRo is used for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats. Vehicles are secured to the deck with no exposure to the ocean water and air.
While we highly recommend you do purchase it, it’s not a requirement. We offer 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage of theft, vandalism, damage and total loss with a $500 deductible. Note: coverage starts once the vehicle is loaded onto the ship in UK and lasts until it is collected at the U.S. arrival port. Total Loss is 1.25% charge for the value of the vehicle.
If paying for 100% coverage is not something you’re comfortable with, you could choose to buy partial coverage of 50% to 75% of the value. Just remember that if damage or loss does occur (rare), you would have to pay for any damage that exceeds the covered amount.
When shipping a car from UK to the USA, the experts at Ship Overseas can make sure you have a hassle-free experience. Call us toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.
It’s highly recommend you purchase the optional marine insurance. 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.
Damage and loss are both rare occurrences but may present a problem at times of rough seas, such as during hurricane season, lasting from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.
If you are ready to get started on shipping a car from the UK to the USA, call us toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.