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Available models for export:
Lucid Air (Eletric Car)

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Car Shipping to United Kingdom (UK) from USA

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Shipping Cars to United Kingdom (UK) from the USA

Shipping Cars to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland



Whether you need to ship a car to the United Kingdom (UK) or multiple vehicles, the process is straightforward and simple. Depending on the service you choose, there are different options to lower your costs or send a vehicle to the United Kingdom (UK) fast. 

If you are just looking for rates or car shipping costs to the United Kingdom (UK), there a multiple options to choose from including our cost effective shared container service, as well as sole use 20ft and 40ft containers for those considering a household removal with your vehicle.

With 5 locations across the U.S. near major departure ports and one in Suffolk, England, we can pick up anywhere in the USA and deliver directly to your flat in the United Kingdom (UK) reliably and easily. You’ll always have options to choose from for departures, domestic transport and arrivals.

In the next few sections we’ll cover the different car shipping options from the USA, important documentation when importing a car to United Kingdom (UK) and the mutual recognition policy.

How to Ship Your Car to the UK

There are two main ways to ship a car from the USA to the United Kingdom (UK): via a containerized service or roll-on roll-off. We will explain the benefits of both and the service options.

You can ship cars two ways with a container; consolidated or individually. As we are consolidation experts, this is the method that we recommend to clients. 

Using this service, your vehicle is shipped inside a 40ft container with others bound for the United Kingdom (UK) not only reducing the ocean transport costs but the destination and unloading fees as well.

We can also move your auto inside its own 20ft container just as easily. The fees will be more, but arrival and departures times will be less and if you’re bringing household goods they can go inside the container as well.

US Departures

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

Our port of entry for containers in England is Felixstowe.

Roll On Roll Off
Shipping a vehicle via Ro-Ro to the United Kingdom (UK) is a second option. All cars must me in running condition to use this method, as they must be driven into the hull of the shipping vessel.

Depending on departure locations and which arrival port you use, single vehicle rates may be less, however nothing is allowed inside the car and sail times can be longer.

If you elect this service for shipping a car to the United Kingdom (UK), departure and arrival ports are different.

The primary U.S. RoRo departures ports we ship from are:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • New York, New York

Arrival ports for autos using RoRo include Liverpool and Southampton with the latter being more frequented.


To ship a car to the United Kingdom (UK), international auto transporters will need original documents for both exporting the vehicle from the U.S. and importing it into the United Kingdom (UK). These include:

  • original title
  • certificate of origin
  • bill of lading
  • dock receipt

You won’t have to worry about anything on the exporting side, as it is included in our service. We will need the paperwork from you in order to prepare it for customs. Once the vehicle is with us, we’ll take care of the rest.

For automobile shipping to Ireland, Northern Ireland in this case, a good starting point is determining whether or not you can ship a car at all.

We recommend contacting either the DVLA in Great Britain or the DVA if you intend to import a motor vehicle that is over 10 years old. This is to insure that it meets the requirements for approval.

United Kingdom (UK) Entry Ports:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Dublin
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Southampton (leading vehicle-handling port)

Import a Car from US to United Kingdom (UK) 

Mutual Recognition and Why It’s Important

Mutual recognition only applies to those who are shipping a car to the United Kingdom (UK) that was originally registered in the EU.

It is important because it will save time and a lot of extra work in assessing the cars conformity status to United Kingdom (UK) roadways.

When importing the car, there are different scenarios that will dictate what charges you incur upon arrival.

These depend on whether you’re relocating and changing primary residency, you are importing a previously exported vehicle or it’s a temporary import. Specifics are listed below.

Instances Requiring VAT and Vehicle Tax

  • You are importing a new vehicle, less than 6 months of drive time
  • Staying for a period of time over 12 months and you normally live outside the EU
  • You received a refund on the VAT or sales tax of the vehicle prior
  • You purchased the vehicle under a duty or tax free scheme

Instances NOT Requiring VAT and Vehicle Tax

  • You live in the EU and it is only a temporary import
  • You are moving to the United Kingdom (UK) and meet the qualifications for residency transfer
  • Someone from outside the EU imports it for temporary individual use – Requirements:
    • Must be visiting
    • Only use the car for a 6 month period
    • Vehicle must be registered and taxed in its home country
  • Students and workers that live outside the United Kingdom (UK) are eligible for a slightly longer period

*It’s important to contact the HMRC to obtain proper documentation for proof of customs relief

United Kingdom (UK) Vehicle Import Taxes:
If the above mentioned scenario does not apply to your situation, then you will have to pay the import duty and VAT tax to customs. You must also make sure that you have valid car insurance.

Those numbers are:

  • Import Duty: | 10%
  • VAT: | 20%
  • Import Duty for Collector’s Vehicles: | 5% | with no VAT

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

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Car Shipping to UAE from USA

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Shipping Cars to UAE from the USA

Looking to ship a car from the USA to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or another destination in the United Arab Emirates?

The actual process is simple and after more than 20 years shipping cars from the USA, we are able to offer some of the most competitive container rates in the industry.

Fortunately, there are no age limits for vehicles when importing a car to the UAE. The main difference will be in the form of duties and taxes.

However, as of 2015, conditions have changed slightly when importing vehicles in UAE from the USA and non GCC countries. Read the section below for up to date requirements.

Importing a Car to UAE from USA

The items that we will need from you in order to ship your car include:

  • An invoice (bill of sale)
  • Identification
  • Valid title
  • Valid UAE residence Visa

If you are a resident of the following AGCC countries, then you will not need the residence Visa listed above:

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. UAE

If you are importing cars in Dubai from the USA, and are not a resident of the above listed Arab GCCs, then you will need to obtain a valid UAE residence visa prior to importing your car.

Our car shipping specialists can best direct you how this can be done.

Three Ways to Ship a Car to the United Arab Emirates

Each and every shipment is different, and the methods used for transporting vehicles are more appropriate in some situations compared to others.

Container Services

Our expertise is in consolidated container shipments and this is the method we recommend. Transporting a car to the UAE using this method offers very competitive rates.

If you would prefer to ship a car to Dubai in its own container, we provide this service as well. It costs more but it can cut down the arrival time.

If you are moving to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, this would also allow you to put a reasonable amount of your belongings inside the container.


The port in Dubai does offer this service although not every port does. It stands for roll-on roll-off. Cars are transported inside the shipping vessel and secured within the hull. Car shipping to the UAE via RoRo will involve transhipping.


Shipping a car to the United Arab Emirates via air freight is by far the quickest way to get it overseas.

So if you absolutely must deliver a vehicle short notice, this is a possibility. However, it is very expensive and you’re better off selecting a container service.

*All the cars we ship via ocean container will arrive in Dubai where your vehicle will be unloaded and inspected by customs.

Our UAE Car Shipping Services

If you’ve already decided to ship your car, then you know that there are two different aspects: exporting the vehicle and importing the vehicle.

For the export side here in the USA, we offer:

  • US customs clearance
  • Domestic pickup (if you need it)
  • Inspection at our warehouse with images
  • 24/7 online tracking

We’ll also make sure that you have all the necessary documents for importing your vehicle to the UAE before it leaves the U.S.

Once it arrives, our agents will help you with the import process and the associated destination fees.

Costs, Importation and Customs in Dubai

Costs are calculated using space and also vary depending on the method of transport. Since it’s impossible for us to know these, we can’t supply an accurate cost until we’ve got your location and vehicle information.

We can however give you an idea of what you’ll have to pay once it arrives. Dubai has favorable duties on cars. You’ll have to pay 5% of the total value including insurance and transport.

They’ll base this amount on the invoice of the vehicle.

How Long Will it Take to Ship a Car to UAE?

Car shipping to the UAE entails transshipments which mean slightly longer sail times. If you want to move a car from New York or another east coast location, sail times are between 3 and 5 weeks. From the west coast, cars will be on the water between 5 and 7 weeks.

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

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