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Car Shipping to Denmark from USA

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Car Shipping to Denmark from USA

Shipping Cars to Denmark from the USA

Shipping a car to Denmark entails looking at a few options when determining what you will need to prepare in terms of documentation and financial planning.

The easy part is the transportation. Especially when using an international car shipper that has over 20 years of experience moving cars to Copenhagen and other destinations.

The hard part will be determining whether it’s worth it to ship your vehicle, since the importation into Denmark can be quite expensive if you don’t meet the exemption requirements.

Shipping a Car to Denmark from the USA

Anyone who wants to move their personal vehicle will need to choose the method in which they would like to ship. 

We offer both a standard sole container service and shared. You’ll either be able to deliver the vehicle to one of our five US locations or we can dispatch a pickup.

Lastly, there are two additional taxes to consider when shipping a car to Denmark and they apply to every car registered in the country. There is a vehicle weight tax and an owners tax.

Major Destinations

  • Aarhus
  • Copenhagen
  • Odense

How Long Does it Take?

From our New Jersey warehouse to Copenhagen (our port of entry) ocean times range between 2-3 weeks. However from our Los Angeles or Houston warehouses, that time frame would be longer.

Tax, Duty and Important Customs Information

Your particular scenario will be based on the duration and the intent of your move to Denmark. For shorter stays, up to 185 days, it is possible to apply for a permit allowing you to drive a vehicle registered in a foreign country during the time spent. You will however be required to pay registration tax if the stay is longer.

For longer duration stays, you will either be required to pay the standard import duty and VAT for Denmark. If you are eligible and meet the requirements to be exempt from them, then you may be able to ship a car from the US to Denmark and import it duty free.

If one does have to pay the import duty and additional value added tax, then you can expect it to be a little pricy. The initial customs tax, which is standard for the EU, is 10%. However, the VAT on vehicles is slightly higher than in most countries at 25%.

This tax rate takes the worth of the vehicle, associated shipping costs and the actual import duty into consideration. So you are not just paying on the price of the automobile.

For visitors registering their car, there is a registration tax and can be paid at a SKAT registry offices located in metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Aalborg and a few others.

Lastly, there are two additional taxes to consider when shipping a car to Denmark and they apply to every car registered in the country. There is a vehicle weight tax and an owners tax.

Duty and VAT Exemption Eligibility for Imported Vehicles

  1. You have used the vehicle for a minimum of 6 months and it has done more than 6,000 kilometers.
  2. Provide foreign registration documents for the vehicle
  3. You cannot sell, rent out, or dispose of the vehicle in any way before 12 months after your arrival
  4. You must prove that you have lived outside the European Union for longer than 12 months

For more information about importing a vehicle into Denmark visit the SKAT website.


New arrivals in Denmark have six months from the time they register with their local community to register any vehicles they shipped and imported. For those registering their car, there is a registration tax.

This tax can be paid at a SKAT registry offices located in the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen, Aalborg and a few others. Anyone residing in Denmark for more than one year must register their vehicle.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Denmark

  1. The Danish flag is the oldest national flag in the world
  2. The average tax rate in Denmark is 49%
  3. Denmark doesn’t have a single mountain
  4. Headlights must always be on when a car is being operated
  5. Shipping pets to Denmark is only allowed at two airports

For further information on any of the above car shipping services to Denmark, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote

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Car Shipping to Israel from USA

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Car Shipping to Israel from USA

Shipping Cars to Israel from the USA

Once you’ve decided that you are going to ship your car to Israel rather than purchase one in the country, the next step is to find a dependable auto shipping service.

Pro Imports Motors has been shipping cars to Israel from the U.S. for over 20 years and our experience is what sets up apart from our competitors.

Shipping a Car from the U.S.

Depending on the exact service you are looking to use, we’ll be able to move your car or other vehicle from its location here in the U.S. to numerous destinations in Israel.

As a note however, there are some types of vehicles and cars that are not allowed to be shipped. Make sure that you are aware of this by referencing the nearest consulate for updated listings.

Major Destinations

  • Ashdod
  • Haifa
  • Jerusalem
  • Tel Aviv

Israel Car Shipping Procedure

The overall process for shipping a car to Israel begins with the initial quotation. After you’ve received a rate and made a booking the next step is delivering your auto to one of our U.S. departure locations.

For this, you can either deliver the car yourself or we can arrange to have it picked up and transported domestically to one of our warehouses.

Because of the shorter sail time, and the frequency of the cargo, the majority of our clients who book to Israel will move their vehicles to our east coast warehouses in either New York or Miami.

Our Shipping Services for Vehicles Include:

  • Domestic pick up and transport
  • Full dock receipt
  • Photographs and inspection report upon arrival at our warehouse
  • Online tracking
  • U.S. port and customs clearance

Although we cover the entire export procedure. There will be destination fees upon importing the vehicle after it has arrived in Haifa, Israel.

Car Shipping to Israel using Ro-Ro, Container or Airfreight

These are the three ways of shipping a car to Israel. Each of them has their pros and cons and not all services are available at every port. We’ll give you a brief overview of each one.

We recommend using our container service. There are two options, sole vs. shared. As we are consolidators, our rates to Israel are highly competitive when moving vehicles inside a shared container.

Transportation costs are lower than when using a sole container service as well as destination and unloading fees because you’re essentially sharing the costs with other clients’ shipments.

Ro-Ro stands for roll-on roll-off. Using this method, your car is driven into the hull of the vessel.

Should you elect to ship your car to Israel using Ro-Ro, we have rates to both Haifa and Ashdod from New York and Baltimore.

If you’re bringing a single vehicle by itself, this would be an option however it must in running order and it cannot have any other items in the car.

Transporting a vehicle to Israel via air freight is the least common method due to the costs involved, but it’s also the fastest.

Importing Autos into Israel

Haifa is our port of entry for anyone shipping a car to Israel via container. This is where customers’ vehicles will pass through customs.

Should you need your car transported from Haifa to another city in Israel, our destination agents will be able to work with you.

Tax and Duty Information

If you are going to ship a car to Israel you can expect to pay heavily in customs duties. 
Car Tax in Israel: 50% of the value
VAT: 17% based on the value of the vehicle plus the amount it’s taxed

Documentation Required

  • Valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, plates and insurance
  • Entrance visa
  • Passport
  • Teudat Oleh
  • Clear title
  • Bill of lading

Under no circumstances are right hand drive vehicles permitted, which generally isn’t a problem for those shipping a car to Israel from the U.S.

How Long Does It Take to Ship a Car to Israel?

The time frame for shipping to Israel depends on the method used, type of goods/vehicles, departure port, etc.

When using the consolidated container shipping services to Israel, the container will not leave until it’s been filled.

So it may take slightly longer before your goods leave than if you were to purchase an individual container and ship this way.

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

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Car Shipping to Belgium from USA

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Car Shipping to Belgium from USA

Shipping Cars to Belgium from the USA

If you are relocating to Belgium and considering bringing your car, then you have come to the right place. 

Additionally, clients can get rates for their vehicle from anywhere in the U.S. which takes into consideration domestic transport with ocean freight costs using our services.

As there are many other questions you may have, the following information should help give you a better idea of the different options available to you, how much it will cost to ship your car, how long it will take, and what to expect from Belgian customs upon import.

Car Shipping to Belgium from the USA

We have over 20 years of experience handling all types of vehicles (not just passenger cars) and certain services will be better suited depending on the shipment.

Major Destinations

  • Antwerp
  • Bruges
  • Brussels
  • Charlerol
  • Ghent

For most personal autos, there are two common methods for international transport. They are as containerized cargo or roll-on roll-off.

In the U.S., you can find both of these types of services at most major ports depending on the car shipper.

The same goes for the receiving ports. Antwerp is one of the largest ports in Europe for containerized vehicle shipments and is also frequented by ro-ro vessels.

Ro-Ro vs. Container:
In most cases, for those wishing to ship a car to Belgium we recommend using a container. With this option, your car can either be shipped by itself in a 20ft or consolidated in a 40ft.

We’re fully capable shipping a car using either of the two methods but the overall costs using a consolidated service like ours will be much cheaper versus a sole container.

Although Belgium is a busy market and we have multiple departures each month, the benefit of using your own container when possible will be be a quicker departure.

If you want to move a single vehicle or one that may not fit in a container, then ro-ro is also an option.

With ro-ro, cars are driven into a parking lot within the body of the vessel. It’s not as protected and is more susceptible to the elements. However, for single autos rates can be lower.

US Departures

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

Departures for Roll On Roll Off

  • Baltimore
  • New York

*Antwerp is the main arrival port for both services

Transport Costs and Time Frames

The exact cost to ship a car from the U.S. to Belgium varies. The size of the vehicle, which ocean freight method is used, domestic transport, destination fees in Antwerp, insurance and whether or not modifications need to be made all come into effect.

If you’re looking at just shipping costs, the difference can be a upwards of $300 between compact vehicles and larger ones or east coast departure vs. west coast departure.

For this reason, the only way to truly give an accurate estimate is after we’ve gathered such information either after a phone consultation or using our quote form.

Also, time frames depend a lot on weather, U.S. departure ports and method of transport. For sail times, meaning time on the water, containers generally take between 3-5 weeks leaving from New York and 4-6 weeks from Los Angeles to Antwerp. These dates are always subject to change though.

Importing and Customs Information

Import duties for Belgium are similar in that they have an import duty on the value of the vehicle as well as a VAT.

The most common rate is 21%, however there are other applicable Belgian rates for imported motorcycles and larger vehicles.

There is also a 30% refundable tax for any tourists, both EU members and US, which is required to be paid after clearing customs.

Situations where this tax could be enforced might be if you moved to France, Germany, the Netherlands etc. via Belgium or want to visit for a pre-determined period less than the cut off length.

Refunds are made after one of two scenarios: The car has been registered within the EU or it has been shipped back to its origin country.

Documents that you’ll need to present Belgian customs if you’re handling clearance yourself include a valid ID or passport, original clear title, notarized bill of sale (not always) and dock receipt.

Shipping a Car to Belgium and Declaring Exemption
First you will need to fill out the application for exemption. You must submit documents to customs with the declaration and for that you will need:

  • Proof that VAT or sales tax has been paid on the vehicle
  • Proof of residence in foreign country with intent to reside in Belgium
  • Documents of possession of the car for more than 6 months
  • Title certificate, insurance policy

Registering Your Car

There are four main steps to obtaining registration and before you can drive on the roads, you’ll have to get legal registration.

First, you will need to obtain a certificate stating all required modifications have been made on vehicle followed by a recurring mechanical inspection usually every six months.

After that you have to acquire insurance for the automobile. There are of course more intricate steps, but this is a general guide for the process.

Items Cars Must Always Have Inside

  1. Sealed fire extinguisher.
    1. No older than 5 years
    2. Capacity must correspond to size of vehicle
  2. Triangular danger signal
  3. A first aid kit
  4. Grey card (registration) and insurance certificate

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

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