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If you are traveling or moving to France, you will want to decide whether it’s a good idea to bring your car with you or consider renting or buying a new one. If you are a proud owner of a beautiful classic car, chances are you would want to have it with you. To make sure you get to drive your classic beauty in France, read the basic overview of different transportation methods and import requirements.

Import and customs duties

If your car is 25 years old or older, it is considered a classic car, and you will only be required to pay the ”Old Timers” duty of 5.5%. This requirement, however, is subject to change without notice. The safest way to ensure you know the exact amount of import duty, contact the French Embassy in Washington prior to arranging overseas transport.

Customs duties and VAT are collected at the port of entry by the French Customs & Excise Service.

Types of car shipping services

Importing a classic car into France is not just about loading the vehicle into the vessel and waiting for it at the designated port in France. It’s about choosing the right type of shipping. Your car shipping company will give you various options which you can use to ship your car to France. These options include:

1. Roll-on/roll-off: Here your vehicle will be loaded into a special ship that has a designated cargo area to accommodate vehicles. The method is quite cost-friendly and guarantees fixed departure and arrival dates. You have to make sure your car is in driving condition since it will have to be driven on and off the ramp located on the RoRo ship.

2. Shared container: With shared container shipping, several vehicles are loaded into one container. The container charges are divided among the owners of the vehicles, though the method is still pricier than RoRo. This method of shipping can take longer because you will have to wait for the container to get full before it sets off.

3. Exclusive container: With this shipping method, your car will be shipped in its own separate container. Many classic car owners prefer this method of shipping because there is no risk of the car getting scratched or otherwise damaged by getting in contact with other vehicles.

Marine insurance

You should insure your classic car for transit cargo insurance (marine insurance) to get additional protection in case of any damage to your car.

If you would like to bring a classic or used car to France from the US, take advantage of Ship Overseas’ relationship with the US Military and the low pricing on our shipping line destined for France and Germany. We also offer FULL COVER Marine insurance against loss or damage.