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Car Shipping to Saudi Arabia

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Shipping Cars to Saudi Arabia from the USA



Shipping a car internationally when moving to Saudi Arabia is another part of the relocation process but it’s important to understand the steps, as well as what documentation you’ll need.

Each year, we ship thousands of cars and other vehicles to Saudi Arabia and we’ve been serving this market for the past 20 years.

Our Car Shipping Services for Jeddah and Dammam

Regardless of what type of car or other motor vehicle you need to ship, be it a classic car bought at auction or your family SUV, we can move it overseas at a great rate.

When shipping with us, we cover everything on the export side and it’s shown in our quotations.

This includes:

  • Domestic pickup if required.
  • Full vehicle inspection report with pictures taken at our warehouse upon arrival.
  • Indoor storage is available for most cars for a 30 day period
  • U.S. customs clearance.
  • Online tracking of your vehicle’s shipping process from pick up to when it’s loaded and leaves the US.

You can also choose from a few different transport methods including our container service or roll on roll off shipping, as we can facilitate both these service’s to the ports in Jeddah and Dammam.

If you’re looking for the most competitive rate, we generally recommend shipping your car to Saudi Arabia using our shared container services. With our consolidation services, it’s hard to find a better rate.

However, if you’d like a quicker departure and arrival period you can book your own container to either port of entry, but the cost for transport and destination fees may be greater. Talk with one of our export specialists today to see what your options are.

The roll-on roll-off service that we offer to Saudi Arabia is ideal for larger vehicles that may not fit safely inside a standard 40’ container.

After you’ve filled out our quote form and we’ve gathered enough information to give an accurate estimate, one of our specialists will contact you.

Documentation for Your Automobile

There are certain documents that you’ll need in order to clear U.S. customs and import your car to Saudi Arabia. Once we have these documents, we take care of the paperwork so you can relax.  

All the documents that are needed will also be required to clear customs at the port of entry, either Jeddah or Dammam, and for this reason they need to be the originals.

The following documents are needed:

  • Original clear title
  • Notarized bill of sale
  • In some situations, a notarized power of attorney

General Information

Roughly, it’s between 6000 and 8300 miles to Saudi Arabia from the U.S depending on the east and west coasts.  

That’s a long journey for a car in a container and it’s a long distance to cover which is why the time on the water for shipping cars to either these ports is around 5-7 weeks.

The costs to import your car once it arrives in Saudi Arabia are based on the value of the vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer plus ocean freight and insurance.

The country also has a depreciation method which it deploys monthly and it may reduce the costs depending on the year your car was produced. The standard duty and tax rate charged at Saudi customs is 5% for cars and 12% for trucks. This rate can be subject to change and may vary in relation to the status of the importer/ consignee. Please check with your salesperson.

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

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Car Shipping to Poland from USA

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Shipping Cars to Poland from the USA

Experience Vehicle Transport to Poland

Pro Imports Motors has been moving cars to destinations such as Warsaw, Gdynia, Krakow and other destination cities for more than 20 years.

We have extensive experience exporting vehicles from the U.S. to Poland, as well as numerous other destination base ports in Europe.

Although shipping a car to Poland from your home in the U.S. may sound like a daunting task for an individual, it’s not.

This process is actually quite simple. Once you conduct the proper research and you familiarize yourself with the steps, it makes a huge difference. This is where we can help.

Some of the important things to know are:

  • Customs procedures both in the U.S. and upon arrival at the destination
  • The different shipping options available
  • Vicinity of your current US location to the departure port
  • All charges applicable when your car arrives in Poland

The following information should help to answer some of the questions regarding shipping vehicles.

Our Services

Car shipping to Poland is usually done in a shared container. We can load up to 4 vehicles in a 40ft container, but 3 would be the normal count for full container load.

Before you can export your vehicle, you must provide us with an original clear title to clear customs. If you recently purchased the vehicle, you must have a bill of sale also.

Your status will determine whether or not you are liable for any polish tax and excise duties. Please ask our sales team for more advice on this.

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

In the case of Poland, and all European base ports, the sail time is faster when shipping from the east coast. This cuts down on the delivery time frame as well as ocean freight costs.

However, not everybody lives close enough to one of our warehouses so that they can drop off their vehicle for shipping. This is why we offer a full domestic pick up service, so we can have your car picked up and transported safely to our nearest warehouse.

If you do live close enough and have the time to deliver the car to our warehouse in New York for example, that option is available to all clients. Just make sure you have your booking reference number before dropping it off.

When shipping with us, after we’ve received the automobile, we finalize and ensure that everything needed for export is correct and in order.

Additional services include:

  • Full vehicle inspection upon arrival with photos
  • Customs documentation
  • U.S. customs and port clearance
  • Online tracking of your car shipping process

As you can see, we take care of the entire export process so you won’t have to worry about all the bureaucratic steps in the U.S.

International Transport Options

There are a few different methods for transporting cars overseas. How your car is shipped will depend on your needs as a client, what your expectation is for final delivery overseas and your choice of arrival port.

The port of entry we use in Poland is Gdynia. We offer both containerized shipments and roll-on roll-off service.

Shipping a Car to Poland in a Container:
This is the method we base our competitive rates on and recommend. There are two ways you can do this.

Clients can either ship their own vehicle by itself in a 20ft individual container or move the vehicle via consolidation.

This is when we load multiple clients vehicles’ in the same 40ft container. Talk with your salesperson for more information about this.

Selecting a consolidated service will lower the costs to ship your car because you’re sharing the total costs.

Some clients also elect to transship their autos to Bremerhaven, as it’s a slightly busier market and we have consolidations leaving more frequently.

Port Information

From the U.S., if you’re shipping a car to Poland with the consolidated service, the port to port rate you receive will be to Gdynia and there will be destination fees for your vehicle upon arrival.

This port is centrally located in northern Poland on the Baltic Sea. From there, clients can speak with destination agents about moving the car to a further destination.

Distance from Gdynia to:

  • Gdansk 25 km or 15 mi
  • Krakow 620 km or 385 mi
  • Lodz 362 km or 225 mi
  • Poznan 357 km or 222 mi
  • Warsaw 381 km or 237 mi

Importing a Car to Poland

Poland is similar to other EU countries in how duties and taxes are assessed on vehicles.

The exact costs will vary depending on the specs of your vehicle, how much you paid in transport costs, insurance and whether you qualify for duty free import.

In general for a smaller sedan, there will be a duty of around 10%, with VAT of 23%. There’s also a border tax that ranges depending on the size of the engine.

If you are relocating to the country and declaring residency in your new home, then you may be eligible to ship a car duty free as part of your household.

You’ll have to inform customs and fill out the needed documentation in the form of an import declaration to prove that you’ve owned the car and driven it in the U.S. for more than 6 months as well as numerous other steps.

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

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Car Shipping to Norway from USA

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Car Shipping to Norway from USA

Shipping Cars to Norway from the USA

If you’re looking to ship a car to Norway from the USA, it’s a fairly straightforward process as long as you make sure that you have all the documentation, give yourself enough time and ensure that your car is eligible for shipping.

Car Shipping to Norway

Car Shipping to Norway

Regarding the actual process, you will have a few options when it comes to shipping your vehicle internationally. Each of the methods vary in terms of the overall costs, availability and estimated shipping timeframes.

The two main service options include:
1) Shipping a Car via Container
2) Roll On Roll Off

Furthermore, with our car shipping services, we have options for both shared and sole use containers.

Containerized Transport

Moving your vehicle with this option is recommended as it adds extra protection during transit. Additionally, those moving to Norway can use the extra space for household goods and other items as long as it’s a reasonable amount.

US Departures

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

  • Oslo (port of entry)
  • Bergen
  • Drammen
  • Stavanger
  • Trondheim

Roll On Roll Off Car Shipping to Oslo

RO/RO is also an option when considering larger vehicles and oversized trucks. The only port for this method of car shipping to Norway is Oslo.

If you are interested in this particular service and would like more information. Contact one of our representatives and they can work on getting you a customized quotation.

Things to Know Before Shipping a Car to Norway

Norway requires that all vehicles entering meet the country’s safety and emissions standards prior to your car being registered and driven in the country.

  1. It’s recommended that persons contact the Norwegian Public Roads Administration first to determine what mechanical requirements the vehicle will be subject to prior to registration.
  2. After arriving in the country, you have 1 to 3 days to report to the local Customs and Excise office.
  3. The NPRA requires inspection at one of its traffic services offices of all second-hand imported vehicles

TVAT, Tax and Import Duties on Vehicles

The value added tax for imported automobiles is 25%. The percentage is based on the customs value. This number is calculated as follows: Customs value = purchase price + freight costs + insurance costs to the Norwegian border.

There are certain scenarios which allow you to ship your car and not have to pay taxes or duties as long as your stay will be shorter than 1 year.

Interesting Facts

  1. Norway prohibits cars being advertised as environmentally friendly!
  2. The country has voted against membership in the EU several times, but has implemented more EU directives than any other EU member state.
  3. Even though the country is one of the top oil producers in the world, gas is more expensive than almost anywhere.
  4. Beware of vacationing in Norway during August. Shops and restaurant services almost come to a stop during this month as they are on vacation.

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

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