Shipping a Car From USA to Saudi Arabia
If you’ve been wondering how you should go about shipping a car from the USA to Saudi Arabia, we have the answers here at Ship Overseas. Sure, it may seem confusing and overwhelming at first, but when you depend on a company with nearly four decades of experience, you quickly realize how simple it all is.
It’s time to start you off with a free quote. Just give us the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country, in this case, Saudi Arabia. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings (RoRo only) from seven ports in the USA to two ports in Saudi Arabia.
How Long Does it Take?
It takes five weeks for your car to sail to Saudi Arabia.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Saudi Arabia?
The costs to ship a car from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia are as follows:
- East Coast Starting from $1660 to Jeddah
- East Coast Starting at $1720 to Dammam
- West Coast starting at $1770 to Dammam
Please note, many factors will impact the final price you will pay, including:
- The size of your vehicle you plan to ship. You will pay more to ship a larger car than a smaller one. So you will pay less to ship a compact car, for instance, than an SUV.
- The area of the USA your car departs from. It costs less in general to ship from the East Coast than the West Coast.
- The method that gets your car to the U.S. port. Some people choose to take their own car to the port, which is less expensive. But others live too far from the nearest port and choose to have our truck drivers transport their car from their home to the port, which is more expensive.
- No vehicles older than 5 years and 10 years for high and heavy units.No Salvage Titles or accident damaged vehicles allowed.
- The customs duty rate is (5% for motor cars, 12% for trucks).
- A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
- If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
- For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Vehicle Import Duty For Saudi Arabia
If you are in USA, call the Saudi Arabian Embassy to find out the latest import rates or call them in Washington, DC.
Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
If you are in Saudi Arabia, contact the KSA Customs Office here.
Departure and Arrival Ports
The departure ports from the USA to Saudi Arabia include:
- Tacoma, WA
- Port Hueneme, Ventura County
- San Diego, CA
- Baltimore, MD
- Brunswick, GA
- Galveston, TX
- Newark, NJ
There are two arrival ports in Saudi Arabia:
- Jeddah Islamic Seaport
- Dammam, also known as King Abdul Aziz Port
Documents Required to Ship a Car to Saudi Arabia
The two documents required to ship a car to Saudi Arabia include:
- Original Title
Saudi Arabia does not accept salvage titles.
Vehicle Age Limit
There is a five-year vehicle age restriction for Saudi Arabia.
Do You Need Marine Insurance?
Ship Overseas recommends you purchase this insurance, but we do not require it. You can also choose to cover 50% or 75% of the value of your car if you don’t want 100% coverage. But if you do not purchase any insurance, you would have to pay out of pocket for any damages.
We offer insurance in the amount of 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage, theft, vandalism, damage and total loss with a $500 deductible. Coverage begins once your car has been loaded onto the ship and ends once it is collected and signed for release. Total Loss: 1.25% charge for the value of the vehicle.
Now that you know how easy it is to ship a car to Saudi Arabia, we can start the free quote process. If you have more questions for us, call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.
Shipping Cars for Military
Ship Overseas serves the Active Military through the shipment of cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia.
If you are active in the military and need to ship your car to Saudi Arabia, there are some factors that can affect your price, such as vehicle weight, modifications, time limits and licensing. Call to ask us about specific requirements for the military.
Vehicle Import Tax
The customs duty rate is 5% for motor cars, 12% for trucks.
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge for shipping a car to Saudi Arabia is $200.
Customs Broker Information
Please contact Ship Overseas to learn the name and contact information of your Customs Broker in Saudi Arabia.
Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Saudi Arabia
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to the ports of Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. To get your car there, we offer two main shipping methods to choose from:
RoRo Shipping – Short for Roll On, Roll Off, these are vessels meant for shipping wheeled cargo. Vehicles are driven onto the ship via a ramp, sort of like a parking garage.
Container Shipping – Cars are placed in a container, either alone or with other cars, and strapped down for shipping.
Keep perusing further to learn which one would be best for you.
Ship Your Car to Dammam
Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, is the largest city in the Eastern Province, and the sixth largest in Saudi Arabia. A major administrative center for the Saudi oil industry,King Abdul Aziz Port is the largest port in the Persian Gulf and the second largest and busiest port in the Middle East and North Africa region. It’s a major export center for the oil industry, as well as a main distribution center for the top landlocked cities in the country.
Ship Your Car to Jeddah
Jeddah, a city in the Tihamah region of the Hejaz, sits on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. The largest seaport on the Red Sea, Jeddah is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia and is its commercial capital. Jeddah Islamic Port is situated in the middle of an international shipping route between east and west. We ship many cars here every year, so trust us to know the ins and outs of this port.
Ship Your Car to Riyadh
The capital and most populous city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh sits in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. This is a dry port and is the largest inland port in Saudi Arabia. Located adjacent to the Riyadh railway station, Riyadh Dry Port has been known to handle nearly 1,000 containers in a single day!
Shipping Method for Shipping a Car to Saudi Arabia
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from all seven U.S. seaports listed above to Jeddah Islamic Seaport and Dammam, also known as King Abdul Aziz Port. We do not offer container shipping from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia, only RoRo shipping.
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
Do you plan to ship a single vehicle to Saudi Arabia? Is your car still in working order? RoRo shipping is the way to go. In fact, it’s all we offer here at Ship Overseas to Saudi Arabia. This is a cost-effective, convenient and efficient method featuring reliable departure and arrival dates. All vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean, providing optimal protection from the elements.
Roll On/Roll Off is our most popular option, and it’s used to ship wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, motorhomes, campers, trailers buses, construction vehicles and boats. This is provided they can be driven onto the ship of their own power. Once loaded onto the vessel, each vehicle will be tied down securely.
Another way to ship a car from the USA to Saudi Arabia is via container. There are two types of container shipping: shared and exclusive container shipping. Here are the details on each.
Shared Container Shipping
This is just like it sounds: your car shares a container with other people’s cars. Each container fits about four vehicles. Those who buy classic cars in the USA that need repair often choose shared container shipping when shipping to Saudi Arabia.You are also allowed to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, a big advantage over RoRo, where you cannot do this.
With shared containers, you can also ship vehicles that do not work. That being said, each container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship and to set sail. Translation: you can’t be guaranteed of a fixed departure date like you are with the RoRo method.
This makes it more difficult to plan, as you may have to wait an extra week or two until the container is filled with the rest of the vehicles.As a result, you would be best off choosing this method when shipping two or more vehicles.
Exclusive Container Shipping
Do you have exotic vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc.to ship? Would you like personalized attention and extra protection? This one is a good idea. Your car is the only one in the container, so you’ll pay more, but you get the convenience. Just as with shared containers, you are allowed to ship personal belongings along with your car.
Also as with shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work.
Trusted Military Partner
Ever wonder why so many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to Saudi Arabia? That’s because we have a history of serving the Active Military community as a trusted provider of international car shipping services. We showcase more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder.
We also import cars internationally into the USA from Saudi Arabia, so if you are active in the military and want to ship your car to Saudi Arabia, consider factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.Call to learn more or click the info button.