When arranging to move a vehicle overseas,
there are several issues which should be carefully considered:
Know the laws and regulations of the United States and the destination country regarding what cars may be imported, and what fees must be
- Every country has different laws regarding what types and ages of vehicles may be
imported and/or exported, and those laws may change without notice. In particular, many countries do not allow the importation of vehicles over a certain age. If a vehicle can be imported, there are
several different calculations of tariffs, taxes, or duties, including the value of the vehicle or the size of the engine.
- The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs)
regulates goods arriving and leaving the country to ensure that the goods are legitimate and, for arriving goods, that appropriate duties and fees are paid. Prior to your move, you should check the
U.S. requirements for importing and the U.S. requirements for
exporting motor vehicles.
Ensure that your
vehicle is properly prepared for an ocean move.
- Make sure you prepare your vehicle for shipment prior to loading it into the shipping
container or having it delivered to the shipping terminal. This likely will include draining the car of all gasoline or other potentially hazardous or flammable materials, and the disconnection or
temporary removal of the battery. You should also check with iLines International regarding whether you may use your vehicle for additional packing space; many companies will not allow you to ship
your vehicle if it contains loose items. Finally, determine what documentation, including the vehicle’s original title and/or registration, will need to be provided for export and/or