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Car Shipping to Kuwait from USA

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Car Shipping to Kuwait from USA

Shipping Cars to Kwait from the USA

If you’re wondering how to ship a car from the U.S. to Kuwait, there are many steps involved and missing just one could cost you both time and money.

Fortunately, we’ve been shipping cars to Kuwait for more than 20 years so we’re well equipped to handle the entire process from start to finish.

If you are interested in getting the cost to ship your particular vehicle, the number will depend on a few factors. We’ll first need to get the information regarding your car, like the model, location, etc..

Information to Know Before Shipping a Car to Kuwait

The first step for anyone deciding whether or not to ship a car to Kuwait is to determine whether it’s even possible. Kuwait has strict import guidelines for cars and other vehicles.


  1. The only way that non-nationals can bring a car and legally import it, is through their employer and it must be in under the employer’s name
  2. Only Kuwaiti nationals can import a car into Kuwait without a sponsor
  3. The car can’t be more than 5 years old from the present year. The max for trucks is 10 years

If any of these aren’t met, then there’s no need to ship your car because it will not be cleared by customs. Should the vehicle be eligible then the next step for is us to receive it at one of our U.S. locations.

Tax Information:

Customs duty for vehicles in Kuwait is 5% CIF, meaning the 5% fee is assessed on the total value of car/truck, marine insurance cost(if applicable) and the freight charge.

There may be additional duties and taxes depending on the nature of the import and the status of the consignee (the person shipping or receiving the vehicle in Kuwait). It’s always best to discuss this with your salesperson before booking.

Auto Transport Services

We know that not everyone will live close enough to one of our warehouses to be able to drop the automobile off, but this is an option for every client of ours.

Whether you are shipping a car to Kuwait from New York or from a smaller more rural city, we can transport the vehicle to any one of our departure ports.

For automobile shipments to Kuwait, we recommend having it transported to New York or one of our locations on the east coast for departure.

It’s a shorter sail time but it will always depend on what you prefer and which method fits your specific scenario.

In addition to domestic transport, our services also include full vehicle inspection with photos, doc receipt and we handle the entire customs process for exporting your car from the U.S. to Kuwait.

Shipping and Import Documents for Kuwait

There are certain documents that you will need both for shipping and importing a car once it arrives. Before a vehicle is shipped, your auto shipper will need the following:

  1. Valid title for the car
  2. Proof of registration
  3. Bill of lading
  4. Purchase invoice
  5. Power of attorney

Once it arrives in Kuwait City, customs there will need the previous documents along with:

  1. A temporary import permit (must apply for in advance)
  2. Letter from your employer (for non-Kuwaiti nationals)

Car Shipping to Kuwait: Three Methods

There are essentially three methods used for moving a car overseas. Two of them use ocean transport while the other uses air freight. Fortunately, our port of entry in Kuwait City offers services for both of the ocean transport methods.

The first method involves containers and it’s the ideal method because it suits single vehicle shipments and those looking to ship multiple cars. It’s cost effective as well when you use a consolidation service like ours.

Sole container services are more expensive in terms of transportation and destination fees but can have a quicker arrival date.

Shipping a car to Kuwait using the roll on roll off method is an option for anyone shipping a single vehicle without any additional goods from home or personal effects.

If you do choose this option, the service will leave from either Baltimore or New York. It’s about the same time frame as with using our container service (6-8 weeks on the water), but you’re more limited because not every port offers Ro-Ro. 

Air freight is by far the quickest way to ship a car. The entire process takes between 7-10 days; however, it can be more expensive so it will all depend on your needs, if you choose it over the other methods.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Kuwait, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote

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Car Shipping to Ireland from USA

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Car Shipping to Ireland from USA

Shipping Cars to Ireland from the USA

Shipping a car to Ireland is very straightforward, much like the rest of the European Union. There are no special import requirements or documents that are needed other than the usual bill of sale, original title and passport.

The main difference is that vehicles shipping from the US to Ireland will need to conform to Euro specifications to be driven legally on the roads. Additionally, cars in Ireland are right hand drive.

Below in our Ireland car shipping resource, you’ll find out which options are available to you, estimated time to it takes to ship a car to Ireland from the US, port information and more.

How to Ship a Car to Ireland from the USA

The two most common ways of shipping cars overseas are using a container service or roll on roll off services. However, the only method available to Ireland is with a container, as there is no RoRo port in the country.

You’ll have two options: either use your own container or you can take advantage of our shared container service. We specialize in the latter and it offers much lower costs.

Major Destinations

  • Dublin (port of entry)
  • Cork
  • Belfast
  • Galway
  • Kerry

From one of our 5 US warehouses, your car will be received by our team where it will be inspected, photographed and loaded.

How Long Does it Take?

This questions depends on which port your vehicle leaves from as well as how quickly it’s delivered. Once it’s on the water, to ship a car from New Jersey to Ireland it takes roughly 2-3 weeks.

It will take longer if the vehicles leaves from our Los Angeles warehouse: around 4-6 weeks.

Port Information

Our US Departure Ports

  • Miami, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Savannah, GA

  • Dublin

We ship to other destinations in Ireland but these cities more so than the others. Rates and shipping durations for vehicles vary depending on the final point of drop off, but we will work with you to find the best option.

For those relocating to northern Ireland, make sure you are aware of the guidelines for shipping vehicles to the UK, as they are different.

Importation, Duties and Taxes

If you are bringing a car into Ireland from outside the EU, it is possible to be exempt from customs duties and the standard value added tax if you declare the vehicle as part of your personal goods and household effects.

In order to do this, the owner must have lived outside the EU for at least the previous twelve months, have bought the car outside the EU, driven it for at least six months prior to moving to Ireland, and already paid the ‘sales tax’ or equivalent in another country.

You also have to keep the vehicle for personal use for at least 12 months after you import it. These are the documents you must have for Irish customs:

  • Request for exemption letter
  • The invoice for the car
  • Proof of ownership or title
  • Receipt to prove payment of sales tax (VAT equivalent)
  • Certificate of insurance for at least six months prior to import
  • Proof of residency outside the EU for at least 12 months prior to arrival in Ireland
  • Shipping document for personal effects

It goes without saying that anyone not meeting the above requirements when shipping a car to Ireland is responsible for paying the customs duty and tax.

Where and When to Register a Vehicle

Assuming you already have clearance from customs, new arrivals must register all vehicles accompanied by them within 6 months of registering with their community.

Should you be staying for more than a year, you’ll have to register the vehicle regardless of temporary status. Registration is done at one of the national car testing service centers.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Ireland, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote

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Car Shipping to Hong Kong from USA

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Car Shipping to Hong Kong from USA

Shipping Cars to Hong Kong from the USA

Our goal is to make the complicated situation of relocating overseas with a vehicle as convenient for you as possible. Our ability to store vehicles at our warehouses and use our loading crews combined with our vast network of ocean freight contracts all work in our customer’s favor.

We offer:

  • Pick up services with an open or enclosed carrier
  • Sole use container services go to Hong Kong & other ports in China
  • Direct service as well as transshipment service options
  • Dedicated and experienced members at our warehouse location in Hong Kong
  • Marine insurance coverage with multiple deduction options

Major cites in Hong Kong:

  • Kowloon
  • Sok Kwu Wan
  • Yung Shue Wan

* Services are also available to other cites in Hong Kong.

Importing and Registering Vehicles in Hong Kong

When importing and registering a vehicle in Hong Kong, there are essentially three government departments you will be dealing with. They are the Customs and Excise Department, Environmental Protection Department and the Transport Department.

The next steps briefly outline the required procedural process.

Step 1: Must meet the exhaust and noise emissions standard

  • Anyone considering shipping their automobile to Hong Kong will need proof and documentation that your vehicle is up to standards with its emissions either from a testing laboratory, similar to performing a smog test, or from the auto manufacturer.

Step 2 : Importation

  • Cars imported into Hong Kong do not require a customs tax but it is mandatory to declare a full and accurate list of the vehicle and its contents within 14 days. Next you must submit an import return form within 30 days to avoid fines or jail time.

Step 3 : Taking a Vehicle Examination

  • To get your vehicle inspected, you need to visit the To Kwa Wan Vehicle Examination Center. Show up with the original certificate of exemption regarding the emissions. After passing, there will be an exam fee and then you will be issued a certificate of roadworthiness

Step 4 : Vehicle Registration and Licensing

  • First, submit a finished application form with the requested documents to the Hong Kong Licensing Office of Transport Department. After your documents are verified, you then will need to pay for the initial registration tax and fee.
  • This amount is based upon the value of the vehicle times the applicable tax rate. There is also a license fee and levy for Traffic Accident Victim Assistance Fund for.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Hong Kong, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote

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