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Car Shipping to Italy from USA

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Shipping Cars to Italy from the USA

Transporting your car to Italy is slightly more complicated, whether you’re moving to Rome, Milan or another city. As usual, you must go through the motions and processes before you can import your car, register the vehicle and drive it in the country legally.

Car Transport to Italy: EU vs Non-EU

When shipping your car to Italy from an EU member nation, there are few barriers from customs. No customs duties or VAT are applied for used vehicles older than six months.

The main task is to have the vehicle registered in Italy and obtain Italian license plates. However, in order to register your car one must first apply for and obtain residency regardless of EU status.

If you are importing a car from outside the EU, you will be required to pay an import duty and VAT if you have not owned the car for more than one year depending on the duration of the stay. In general, used cars have a higher import tax than new cars but the 22% value added tax is standard for most vehicles.

Choosing our Car Shipping Services

We offer:

  1. Pick Up services by; Open or Enclosed Carrier
  2. Our own warehouses
  3. Our own loading crews
  4. Our own ocean freight contracts
  5. Sole use container services go to all Italian ports.
  6. Direct Service as well as transshipment service options available
  7. Dedicated and experienced automobile handling professionals at warehouse locations at the port of Genoa
  8. Marine Insurance coverage with multiple deduction options

Shipping Options: Roll-on Roll-off vs. Freight Container

There are benefits to both methods but a few general points should make your decision easier when deciding which option to go with.

  1. Ro-Ro is generally more ideal for larger vehicles. It’s an easy process and usually cheaper than shipping an individual car with a container.However, if you use this method you must make sure that there is nothing inside the vehicle other than a spare and jack.
  1. Shipping by freight is ideal for anyone shipping a smaller vehicle or multiple vehicles. It’s also a very viable option and with this method you can use the extra space in the container to ship your household goods overseas.

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

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Car Shipping to Netherlands from USA

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Car Shipping to Netherlands from USA

Shipping Cars to Netherlands land from the USA

Shipping a car to Netherlands may be hard to imagine, but we havehas more than 20 years of experience in handling vehicle shipments. So whether you’re taking a road trip or are moving overseas to the Netherlands and want to ship your car, we can help.

The service we recommend most for transporting cars is using a shared container service. Not only do cars remain enclosed the entire journey but it also costs less.

Each and every car that’s loaded in a container is blocked and braced by professionals to ensure a secure transport. Our export specialists also handle customs clearance here in the U.S. to make things easier on you and our agents in Holland can assist with port clearance just as easy.

Rates will vary depending on what type of car is being shipped and its final destination. When we ship a car to Netherlands, our point of entry is Rotterdam.

Even though our agents assist with the paperwork and documents to transport a car to the Netherlands, it’s beneficial to look over information for taxes and duties.

Importing Vehicle into Netherlands from USA

Import duties and taxes when shipping a car to the Netherlands from the US depend on the circumstances pertaining to your import.

If you are moving to the Netherlands and plan to change residency, if you haven’t already, then you’re allowed a one-time vehicle import free of duties and VAT.

The exact requirements to qualify are listed below in a later section but as an overview: you must have paid sales tax on the car in the US, driven it longer than six months prior to import and have lived outside the EU for 12 months before shipping the vehicle.

If you have not owned the car for longer than six months or don’t meet any of the other requirements for exemption, you’ll be liable to pay the import duties and VAT.

Dutch Cities We Ship Cars to

We can reach just about any city or town in the country. The following is just a list of Netherlands’ larger cities that we ship cars to more regularly.

  • Apeldoorn
  • Breda
  • Eindhoven
  • Groningen
  • Nijmegen
  • Rotterdam
  • s-Gravenhage
  • Tilburg
  • Utrecht

Steps when Shipping a Car

There are few steps when shipping a car to Netherlands, but as long as you review the requirements for customs and registration, there should be no roadblocks.

Step 1: In order to assist with customs clearance, we’ll need a few documents. These include:

  • The bill of sale/invoice for the car
  • Certificate of ownership or title
  • Receipt to prove payment of sales tax (VAT equivalent)
  • Certificate of insurance for at least the six months prior to import
  • Proof of residency outside the EU for at least 12 months prior to relocation

If you meet certain requirements, you can ship a car to Netherlands as part of your household and personal effects. This allows the car to be exempt from duties and accompanying VAT.

The same applies for anyone shipping a motorcycle to the Netherlands as long as it is for personal use. If you meet the requirements, you must apply for the permit in advance.

Step 2: Registering Your Vehicle in Netherlands. What you’ll need:

  • Proof of identity (passport or ID card)
  • Conformiteitsverklaring, Dutch version of a certificate of conformity
  • Proof of residence usually in the form of local community registration
  • A customs clearance certificate (certificaat van inklaring)
  • A copy of the title of the car

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

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Car Shipping to Hawaii from USA

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Car Shipping to Hawaii from USA

Shipping Cars to Hawaii from the USA

So you have decided to move to Hawaii and are debating transporting your vehicle across the Pacific.

Shipping a car to Hawaii from the mainland, or vice versa, can be one of the toughest decisions.

Fortunately, our shipping company has moved all types of vehicles to and from the Hawaiian Islands for more than 20 years and we’re continually striving to improve our transport services for clients and remain an industry leader.

We can ship your vehicle form one of our warehouse locations.

US Departures

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

Auto Transport Services to Hawaii


Car Shipping Hawaii

Using our auto transport services to Hawaii, all running, drivable cars are shipped via Roll on Roll Off service.

**NO Items are allowed inside the vehicle when shipping RoRo to Hawaii

The selection for departure and arrival ports when shipping cars to the Hawaiian Islands are very specific with a slight variation in the process between international vehicle shipments and those from/to the mainland.

For all vehicles such as large trucks and oversized freight, we ask that you please call and speak to a representative so they can give you the best solution and method of transport for your items across the Pacific.

As part of our Hawaii car shipping services, we offer mainland pickup and transport to our warehouse if you are looking for a door to port service.

Additionally, we offer free enclosed storage for automobiles prior to the shipment, as well as condition reports and images if they are first delivered to our warehouse in Los Angeles.

The costs to ship a car to Hawaii will range depending on your vehicle’s size, departure port and whether you ship to Honolulu, Hilo or another Hawaiian port.

However, our rates are always competitive for the Hawaiian market.

We know that not everyone will live close enough to the departure locations to be able to drop the vehicle off but those that would like to deliver the car in person can do so as well.

Below, we’ve listed the port information as well as estimated transit times when shipping a car to Hawaii.


Hawaii car shipping


Ports in the continental United States – West Coast to Hawaii

  • Long Beach, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Tacoma, WA
Ports We Service in Hawaii

  • Hilo – Big Island
  • Honolulu – Oahu
  • Kahului – Maui
  • Kawaihae – Big Island
  • Nawiliwili – Kauai

Transit Times

Shipping a Car to or from Honolulu:
It generally takes roughly 1.5 weeks from the time at which you drop off your vehicle at one of the west coast port locations.

This assumes that we receive all the necessary documents up front, the car is ready for departure, and it matches the RoRo vessel schedule.*

Shipping a Car to or from Kawaihae, Hilo, Kahului or Nawiliwili:
Assuming the same criteria as listed above, it takes 2.5 weeks from drop off at one of the west locations to or from the ports listed above.

Those relocating to Hawaii from New York or an east coast residence will first need to have their automobile transported to one of the ports on the west coast.

So the entire process of moving a vehicle to Hawaii from the east coast is much longer.

However, the ocean transit will remain the same. Domestic transport from the East coast to the West coast can take 10-14 days.

Preparing to Ship a Car to/from Hawaii

Some of the recommendations may seem trivial but they are all absolutely necessary in order for the car to be shipped as quickly as possible without any delays.

Vehicle Condition
First, do not fill your tank. This is quite common as clients may have the urge to save money, as gas is more expensive in Hawaii, and fill up pre-departure but we require that your tank be no more than 1/4 full.

You’ll also need to either disconnect your alarm system or the entire battery before your car is loaded.

Packing Additional Items
Unfortunately, those moving to Hawaii cannot ship household goods or pack additional personal belongings or boxes inside the vehicle including the trunk.

Drop Off
If you are one of multiple legal owners on the registration or title, all parties must be present at drop off.

In the scenario that one cannot be there, then he/she must provide a notarized letter stating that they authorize the shipment.

In some cases, vehicles may depart on a ship that is leaving later that the original sail date.

Factors such as weather and unforeseen issues are out of our control so we ask that you please understand.

Auto Information
Additionally, in order for us to be as accurate as possible in our inspections reports, we ask that vehicles be cleaned inside and out prior to the car delivery at our warehouse.

This is even more vital when shipping a vehicle from Hawaii to Tacoma, Washington as environmental and agricultural rules are stringent when it comes to external soil and dirt from outside the state.

If you have any questions for car shipping to or form Hawaii, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote

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