Ship a Car to Spain

How to Ship a Car to Spain

Shipping a car to Spain is easier than you may think! It sounds pretty involved, but really it’s quite simple when you partner with a provider like Ship Overseas. After all, we’ve been at this for more than 35 years. We make the process quick, easy and simple. Use this guide for answers to your questions and to plan out your next steps. If you have additional questions, we’re always available by phone.

First time shipping a car to Spain from the USA? Start by getting pricing. All we need is the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Spain)


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

  • The price to ship a car to Spain ranges from $997-$1400 for sedans and regular SUVs.
  • It is more expensive if you need us to pick up your car at your house. You’ll pay for that added convenience.
  • If you want to personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port, you’ll save money. Don’t forget to make your own travel arrangements for getting back to your house.

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • If you are a tourist and wish to take your vehicle to Spain you will be allowed to do this but will only be allowed to keep the vehicle in Spain for 6 months and then will have to ship it out again. This can be renewed with special permission or if you are a student on a study visa.
  • Returning citizens or people who have been granted working or resident Visas can import their vehicles as long as they have owned the vehicles for 6 months or more and they will be able to register the vehicle free of custom taxes. An application to the Spanish Embassy to obtain a NIE number must be made before shipping.
  • 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 Spain

If you are in USA, contact the Spain Embassy by phone.

Embassy of Spain
2375 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 452-0100

If new cars are imported a 28% Import Duty and 14.75% matriculation tax is payable.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Spain

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to Spain, backed by several car shipping options and additional services. The cities we ship to in Spain include Barcelona, Sagunto and Vigo. With more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder, Ship Overseas ships to these ports on a regular basis, using one of these two methods:

RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships are ships made for shipping wheeled cargo, where cars are driven onto the ship in a similar way to a parking garage.

Container Shipping – Your car is shipped inside a container with other cars if you choose shared shipping, or alone if you choose exclusive.

We will go into these in more depth further down, so stay with us!

Ship Your Car to Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, Spain, and the second most populous municipality in the whole country. With a population of 1.6 million, the urban area extends to many surrounding municipalities within the Province of Barcelona, home to 4.8 million people. Many people choose to ship to this port, the most popular in Spain.
The Port of Barcelona has a history stretching over 2,000 years and is one of the most commercially important in the Mediterranean. It’s also Catalonia’s largest port, along with Tarragona.

Ship Your Car to Sagunto

The Port of Sagunto is a small port in Spain, located in Sagunto on the Eastern coast. Nestled in the province of Valencia, it is situated close to the Costa del Azahar on the Mediterranean Sea. If you need to ship your car to this port, we can help get it there.

Ship Your Car to Vigo

Vigo is the most populous municipality in Galicia, Spain. Located on the northwest coast, this is the country’s busiest fishing port, home to the world’s largest fishing company, Pescanova. Many important international trade fairs are held here as well. Need more information on shipping your car to Vigo? Let us know.

Trusted Military Partner

Did you know we serve the Active Military community? It’s true. We are happy to be a trusted provider of international car shipping services thanks to more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder. For active military members, we will ship cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to anywhere in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East affordably.We also import cars internationally into the USA from Spain.

When shipping your car to Spain while active in the military, we can help you determine the many factors that play into your final price, from modifications and weight to time limits and licensing.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

First time shipping a car to Spain? No worries. We’ve got you covered on all the ways you can get your car there. There are many benefits to each of these methods and we will explore them all with you in detail.

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

Our first and most popular option, RoRo (stands for Roll On and Roll Off) is the most affordable and convenient choice. Used for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars, each vehicle is driven onto the ship using its own power. You can’t use this method if your car is in disrepair. Automobiles and motorcycles are the most common vehicles we ship via RoRo, but it can also be used for motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats.

This is a good option when you plan to ship a single vehicle to Spain, but remember, your car must be able to make it up and down the ramp without assistance. You can picture a RoRo ship like a big parking garage, at least on the inside. Each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot once loaded onto the vessel.

This shipping method, very efficient and cost-effective, has the most reliable departure and arrival dates. It’s also the shipping method new car manufacturers most often choose when shipping their own vehicles overseas. All vehicles, tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean, receive protection against external elements.

Container Shipping

Another feasible option is to use a shipping container to ship your car to Spain. You can choose from shared and exclusive container shipping. Here’s the low-down on each.

Shared Container Shipping

Up to four vehicles at a time can be loaded into each container at the warehouse. Your car will be one of them, but you have to wait until the whole container is filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship. Thus, you won’t find the convenience of fixed departure dates like you would with the RoRo method. It’s not unheard of to wait an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars.You’re best off using this method if you have two or more vehicles to ship to Spain, or if you’re not on a tight timetable.

A bonus with this method: you are allowed to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, which you can’t do with RoRo. You are also able to ship vehicles that do not work, such as broken-down classic cars.

Exclusive Container Shipping

Select exclusive container shipping if you plan to ship exotic, expensive or rare vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc.You get more protection, attention to detail and peace of mind. You can also ship personal belongings along with your car. Exclusive container shipping has a more expensive price tag than RoRo and Shared Container shipping, but your car will be the only one in the container. And like shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work.


There are two major ways to get it there: either bring it to us or we get it from you.

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

If for some reason you can’t drive your car to the port, let us know and we can transport your vehicle to the port for you, via open and enclosed auto shipping. We will basically pick up the car from your location and deliver it to the port for shipping to Spain.

Open Auto Shipping – The most common type of car shipping method and least expensive,this cost effective and safe method is great when you need to ship vehicles such as compact cars, sedans and minivans.

Our transport trucks can transport as many as nine to 10 cars at a time and as few as five cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles while maneuvering across the country. We fill these transport trucks to full capacity, which lowers the overall shipping costs.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – Best for shipping luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars to Spain, the price tag is higher but the risk to the vehicle is lower. Got a higher budget than most?Choose this option with confidence. Your car will be shipped along with two other vehicles, placed onto the truck via a special ramp or lift-gate.

Yes. We feel protecting your investment is vital, which is why we 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.

Don’t think you could afford to pay out of pocket for any unfortunate repairs, damage or loss during transport? Buy Marine Insurance. Of course, the chances of these things happening is rare, only posing a possible issue during hurricane season, which lasts from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

We hope this page has helped ease your fears. If you are ready to kick start the process of shipping your car to Spain, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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