Posted on 01/04/22

International Car Shipping Tips

International Car Shipping Tips

What You Need to Know About International Car Shipping

First, determine if your vehicle can be imported into the United States. This is also true for international car shipping exports. Do not rely on statements or representations made by anyone from the other country. They might be trying to convince you that there are no barriers or problems when in reality there could be major obstacles to importing into the USA. Go straight to the source. You can find out the rules and costs of shipping your car internationally by going to the country.

To certify that your vehicle meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, you will need to complete certain forms.

Get a complete understanding of the potential costs. International car shipping is likely to incur duties, taxes, and other fees from government agencies. Freight fees will apply to both domestic and international shipping. Proof of insurance will be required. Wharf and storage fees will apply. Some ports offer five days of storage free of charge before charging storage. In some countries, it's three days. It can take three days for some countries.

To remove foreign soil, your vehicle's undercarriage will need to be hosed down. This is an additional cost. Your vehicle might need to be registered if it is being imported into the USA. There will also be additional middleman fees such as brokerage and customs fees.

It is important to choose the port of entry and departure in the USA as well as the foreign country. These are the most popular ports in the world.

Largest USA International Ports

1. Los Angeles Port

The Port of Los Angeles can be found in San Pedro Bay, Los Angeles, California.

2. Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach is just a stone's throw away from Los Angeles Port.

3. Port of New York and New Jersey

The Port of New York, New Jersey is the busiest US East Coast port and third largest in terms of national size.

4. Georgia Ports

The Port of Savannah and the Port of Brunswick in Georgia. This port is particularly busy with imports of automobiles.

5. Port of Seattle-Tacoma

The Northwest Seaport Alliance jointly manages the Port of Seattle, and Port of Tacoma.

6. Port of Virginia

One of the largest ports on the US East Coast is Hampton Roads Port of Virginia.

7. Port of Houston

The Port of Houston, the busiest port in the USA and the largest on the Gulf of Mexico Coast.

8. South Carolina ports

South Carolina Ports include Port of Charleston and Port of Georgetown.

9. Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland, another California port, is also on the list.

10. Port of Miami

Our list is completed by the Port of Miami.

There are many other options, but the ones listed above are more likely to offer faster service to international car shipping destinations.

The top five destinations for international shipping are Australia, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Here's a list of 50 of the busiest ports in non-USA.

50 Most Important Non-USA International Ports

China Ports

Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Hong Kong, Guangzhou Harbor, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Xiamen, Yingkou, Suzhou, Lianyungang, Nanjing

Singapore Port:


South Korea Port


Port of United Arab Emirates

Jebel Ali - Dubai, Khorfakkan

Malaysia Ports

Port Klang, Tanjung Pelepas

Port of Netherlands:


Taiwan Port:


Belgium Port:


Germany Ports

Hamburg, Bremen/Bremerhaven

Japan Port

Hanshin Ports, Keihin Ports

Thailand Port

Laem Chabang

Vietnam Ports

Ho Chi Minh City, Haiphong

Port of Sri Lanka


Indonesia Ports:

Tanjung Priok - Jakarta, Tanjung Perak - Surabaya

India Port

Mundra, Jawarharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva)

Spain Ports

Algeciras, Valencia

Philippines Port:


United Kingdom Port


Saudi Arabia Port:


Port of Greece:


Brazil Port:


Oman Port


Panama Port:


Malta Port:


Egypt Port:

Port Said East

There are many more international car shipping ports all over the globe. You can easily find the most convenient port in your area by doing a quick Google search.

What is the time it takes to ship a car internationally?

It takes at most two weeks to ship a vehicle from one port to another. Most international car shipping takes around a month. Sometimes, it can take several weeks to even months. It all depends on whether you ship from the American west coast, east coast or gulf coast. It also depends on where you're shipping to. It takes weeks to ship to Europe from the USA's west coast than it does from the east coast. Shipping a vehicle from the USA to Asia or Sydney, Australia is quite different. Be patient and don't be surprised if you are delayed.

Which International Shipper Should You Choose?

You have many options to ship internationally. We think CFR Rinkens is a good choice. It has locations in all major US ports. Although we don't have any experience with Rinkens or international car shipping, we have noticed that they have a lot of credibilities. As always, perform your due diligence first.

Move Car Auto Transport for Domestic Port Shipments

Move Car Auto Transport consistently receives high ratings on auto shipping review sites such as TransportReviews and TrustPilot. It is important to remember that we have shipped more than 200,000 used and new vehicles. While not perfect, it is an impressive track record of success. Use us to get your vehicle from or to a domestic port in the continental USA.

Our car transportation quote calculator does an excellent job of providing accurate and free rates. We simply have a higher percentage of happy customers. Move Car Auto Transport employs a team of highly skilled customer service representatives. It shows that we care. Call us today!