Ship a Car to Europe

How to Ship a Car to Europe

If you have been thinking about shipping a car to anywhere in Europe from USA, you may be feeling some anxiety over the process. It can be daunting knowing where to start. Once you take the first step, it will all fall into place, especially having Ship Overseas behind you. We guide you through the process of shipping a car to Europe, step by step, so that you will have a successful experience.

It may help to know we have been shipping cars to and from Europe for more than 35 years. That’s why you can book our services with confidence. You can always call us with any questions you may have, but we have also compiled this page chock full of information on everything you need to know about shipping cars from the USA to Europe.

Start off with a free quote. To kick off the process, we just need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in Europe. From Albania and Belgium to Switzerland and the UK, we have you covered.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Europe?

Car shipping to Europe from the US starts at $790. It will depend on many things, such as where in the USA you’re shipping the car from.For example, it’s cheaper to ship from the East Coast than from the West Coast.

The size of the vehicle will also come into play. For example, a compact car is cheaper to ship vs. a large SUV or pickup truck.

Another factor is whether you will be bringing your own car to the port or whether we will pick it up from your home for you and bring it to the port. The former is more affordable, while the latter is more convenient. Keep in mind, if you want to personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port, you will have to make your own travel arrangements for getting back home.

Check out this pricing table that shows the starting rates for shipping cars to Europe.

We ship cars from the USA to the European countries listed below:
  • Albania
    We ship to Duress in Albania.
  • Belgium
    We ship to Antwerp, and Zeebrugge in Belgium. Read more ›
  • Croatia
    We ship to Rijeka in Croatia.
  • Denmark
    We ship to Copenhagen in Denmark.
  • Estonia
    We ship to Paldiski in Estonia.
  • Finland
    We ship to Helsinki, and Kotka in Finland.
  • France
    We ship to Fos Su Mer, and Le Havre in France. When the vehicle is imported directly into France from the US, Customs duties and VAT will be collected at the port of entry by the French Customs & Excise Service. Read more ›
  • Germany
    We ship to Bremerhaven in Germany. Destination handling charge €150. If final destination is an EU member country, you also pay 10% duty and 19% German VAT if the car is owned for less than 1 year. If in transit through an EU country, leave a deposit of 30% of the value of the car which is refunded after the car is registered at its final destination. Read more ›
  • Greece
    We ship to Piraeus in Greece.
  • Italy
    We ship to Civitavecchia, Livorno, Monfalcone, Naples, Palermo, Salerno, and Savona in Italy. Italian Citizens must own the vehicle for one year to avoid Import taxes Customs Duty(11 percent of the vehicle value), as well as VAT 20%(IVA). Non-Italians may import one auto duty-free, provided that proof of ownership and use for at least one year is obtained by means of Certificate of Origin Italian citizens must prove residence abroad for more than 18 months in order to import a vehicle. Vehicles imported duty-free must not be sold for a minimum of one year. Read more ›
  • Lithuania
    We ship to Klaipeda in Lithuania.
  • Netherlands
    We ship to Amsterdam, Rotterdam in the Netherlnds. Read more ›
  • Norway
    We ship to Drammen in Norway.
  • Poland
    We ship to Gdynia in Poland.
  • Portugal
    We ship to Lisbon in Portugal.
  • Romania
    We ship to Constantza in Romania.
  • Russia
    We ship to St Petersburg in Russia.
  • Serbia and Montenegro
    We ship to Bar in Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Slovenia
    We ship to Koper in Slovenia.
  • Spain
    We ship to Barcelona, Segunto, and Vigo in Spain. Customer must have proof of living in USA for one year or more and owned the vehicle in USA for 6 months to avoid customs taxes in Spain. Read more ›
  • Sweden
    We ship to Gothenburg, and Malmo in Sweden. Read more ›
  • Switzerland
    We ship to Basel, Geneva, and Zurich in Switzerland. Cars may be imported duty free provided that the owner has used them for at least 6 months overseas. New cars are subject to VAT, duty and statistical tax. Read more ›
  • UK
    We ship to Liverpool, and Southampton in the UK. The rate of import duty can vary for motor vehicles depending on their function and place of manufacture. Passenger vehicles have a different duty rate to commercial vehicles for example. VAT at 17.5 % is normally applied to all imported vehicles, based on the purchase price. Read more ›
  • Ukraine
    We ship to Odessa in Ukraine.

Additional Information

  • Visit the page of the European country you’re shipping to, for information on vehicle age restrictions to import a car into that country.
  • 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 Europe

Please visit the country’s page to read more about its Import Duty rules.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Europe

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to anywhere in Europe. For specific ports, please click on your desired country.

There are many options you can choose from when shipping a car from the U.S. to Europe. Our main overseas shipping methods are:

RoRo Shipping – These are vessels meant for shipping wheeled cargo, where cars are driven onto the ship via a ramp. Cars must be in good working order.

Container Shipping – This is when your car is placed in a container, either alone or with other cars, and strapped down for shipping.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

Let’s go into more detail on each shipping method. We know this may get confusing if this is your first time shipping a car to Europe. There are many benefits to both options, which we will explore here and answer any questions you may have.

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

Our most popular option, Roll On/Roll Off is affordable and convenient, best for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars. Your car must be able to make it up and down the ramp without any assistance. All vehicles are driven onto the ship of their own power. Once loaded onto the vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot.

We ship all sorts of vehicles this way, not just cars. We also ship motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats.

RoRo shipping is ideal when shipping a single vehicle to Europe. This highly efficient and cost-effective option features reliable departure and arrival dates, compared with container shipping which isn’t as predictable.

Many new car manufacturers who want to ship their own vehicles choose RoRo shipping, where all vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean. This gives you the ultimate in protection against external elements as well as peace of mind.

Container Shipping

You could also choose to ship your car to Europe in a shipping container. Under this option, you can further choose between shared and exclusive container shipping. But worry not, we’re here to ease your mind and give you the details on each.

Shared Container Shipping

Your car is loaded along with three other vehicles into a container, with each container fitting about four vehicles. Because each container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship, you can’t be guaranteed of a fixed departure date like you do with the RoRo method. This makes it harder to plan, as you could be waiting an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars.You’re best off picking this method when shipping two or more vehicles.

But this option is also good if you want to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle. This option is a clear benefit over RoRo, where you cannot ship anything inside the vehicle. You may also ship vehicles that do not work. For example, those who buy classic cars in the USA that need repair often choose shared container shipping.

Exclusive Container Shipping

Choose exclusive container shipping if you want to ship exotic vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc.due to the added protection and attention to detail. This is also a good option if you want to ship personal belongings along with your car, just like shared container shipping.

Exclusive container shipping tends to be more pricey, though, when compared to RoRo and shared container shipping. But if you have the budget, you will want this option for more space and peace of mind knowing your car is the only one in the container.

And just like shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work.

Trusted Military Partner

Proudly serving the Active Military community, Ship Overseas is a trusted provider of international car shipping services with more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder. That’s why so many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to Europe.

We also import cars internationally into the USA from Europe. Car shipping rates to Europe start at $790. If you are active in the military and want to ship your car to Europe, you should consider many factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing. We can go into this in more detail when you call us.


You have two main options to explore. Either bring it to us or we come get it from you. Here, we will go over each option.

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

If for any reason you can’t drive your vehicle to the port yourself, we can pick up the car from your location and deliver it to the port for shipping to Europe. We offer both open and enclosed auto shipping.

Open Auto Shipping – The most common type of car shipping method and the least expensive, this is a safe and cost effective method perfect for shipping vehicles like sedans and minivans.

Our transport trucks can carry up to nine or 10 cars at a time and as few as five cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles, filling these transport trucks to full capacity,which in turn lowers the overall shipping costs when running routes across the U.S.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – An ideal method for shipping luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars to Europe, it costs more but your risk is greatly reduced. That’s because your vehicle will not be exposed to the elements, shipped along with two other vehicles and placed onto the truck via a special ramp or lift-gate. If you have the budget, choose this option for peace of mind.

It’s always a good idea to protect your investment. That’s why we highly recommend you purchase the optional marine insurance, as 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.

If you can’t afford to pay out of pocket for any unfortunate repairs, damage or loss to your vehicle (and who can?), you will want to buy the Marine Insurance. The chance of something bad happening is very rare, where the only time it would pose a real issue being during hurricane season. This lasts from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

We hope this page has guided you in your quest for shipping a car to any country in Europe. If you have additional questions, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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