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Car Shipping to Spain from USA

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Shipping Cars to Spain from the USA



Each year, individuals decide to ship cars to Spain from the U.S. for a variety of reasons. We’ve spent the past 20 years specializing in the market for Spanish car shipping destinations.

Whether you need a single vehicle transported for a temporary work stay or are relocating to Spain long term with your entire family, we have services available to accommodate all our client’s needs.

The process of exporting the cars will be similar regardless of your status or intent and the main difference will be when the vehicle arrives overseas and is imported.

Major Cities

  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Granada
  • Madrid
  • Segovia
  • Serville
  • Toledo
  • Valencia

*Other destinations for car shipping to Spain available

First we’ll explain the options available to you when shipping a car to Spain with our services and how they will affect the ocean transport costs for the car(s) and the estimated time frames.

Transporting a Car to Spain from the USA

There are many reasons to choose our services if you want to transport vehicles. We have 5 nationwide warehouse locations and offer a pick up service for those who cannot deliver automobiles themselves.

Additionally, all aspects of the export are covered by Pro Imports Motors including customs documentation prep, customs clearance and the associated fees involved with clearing U.S. departure ports.

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

Because of this, many clients have their shipment depart from either New York or Miami as they are closer geographically.

This may mean paying a little more for domestic transport but the ocean shipping rate will be lower.

Service Options
Two main forms of overseas auto transport to Spain are a RoRo service (roll-on roll-off) and container shipments.

In many cases, containerized shipments are the method of choice not only because they add extra security and protection, but also because you can consolidate a car with others to cut down transport costs and destination fees at the Spanish ports.

Most of the time, you will be allowed to bring additional belongings inside your car up to a reasonable amount.

We also offer a sole container service for anyone wanting their own individual 20ft container. The costs will be higher but most vehicles can fit in a 20′ and it takes less time to ship than using consolidation.

The second way to ship a car to Spain, ro-ro, works well when bringing a single vehicle. How this options works is much like an underground parking lot except it’s inside the belly of a ship and you essentially pay for a parking spot.

The downside to this method is that contents other than the jack and spare tire are not permitted inside under any circumstances.

Both of the main ports we frequent in Spain have these services available and it comes down to preference so make sure to discuss this during your initial consultation.

Port Information Container Departures

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

Ro-Ro Departures

  • Baltimore
  • New York

Entry Ports

  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao (mainly ro-ro)
  • Valencia

Time Frames
Shipping cars overseas is an intricate process and things can change, but we always try to meet our quote times.

From the west coast of the United States to either Valencia or Barcelona, it generally takes between 4-6 weeks on the water.

Those preferring to transport a car to Spain from the east coast can expect a 3-5 week ocean transit time. However, things can and do happen so actual times may vary.

Customs and Import Information

We have agents who can help with all your import documents and assist with any issues you may have with customs but the following information is useful to know.

Like all international ports, there will always be destination and unloading fees to move your car from the port and it is no different in Spain.

Where the country does vary from many of it’s counterparts is that it has many regional states and each has offices called Gestorias which can also handle the paperwork process for you.

The exact cost will vary so make sure to ask one of our specialists and we’ll try to give you an accurate assessment.

If you’re importing a car into Spain for a temporary amount of time, it can be done without having to pay taxes and duties for a period no longer than 6 months.

After those six months, you’ll be required to either export the vehicle or pay the required taxes and duties if you plan to apply for permanent residency.

Documentation for Your Vehicle
Not having correct or up-to-date documentation for your motor vehicle can cost a lot of time and money when dealing with Spanish customs.

The main documents are valid identification and proof of residency, original title, valid registration and a notarized bill of sale in some cases.

As mentioned, there are many regions and there may be additional paperwork, as some ports require more documentation.

For a full list of required documents and forms visit Spain’s Traffic Department website. If you have any other questions please contact us or fill out our online quote form.

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

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Car Shipping to Singapore from USA

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Shipping Cars to Singapore from the USA

There is a very strict process when transporting personal goods into Singapore. For shipping a motor vehicle, one has to apply beforehand for a special permit dealing with the duties and GST payment.

The duty on all motor vehicles is 20% of the total value of the car and that amount depends on an assessment made upon arrival by the customs agency.

Singapore has an additional goods and service tax which is 7%. It’s determined by the value of the vehicle including the cost, freight and insurance, in addition to the 20% duty. For this reason, make sure to consolidate the different sizes of cargo containers.

Items Needed by Customs

  1. Freight and Insurance Papers
  2. List of shipment goods
  3. Receipts or bills related to additional charges on vehicle
  4. Documents from emission test and any others performed
  5. Proof of registration
  6. Confirmation of the date the vehicle was manufactured by the manufacturer
  7. Photos of the interior, exterior, odometer and engine for used cars  

Major cities and ports:

  1. Boat Quay
  2. Clarke Quay
  3. Little India
  4. Sentosa
  5. Singapore

* We also other locations in the country.

Where and When to Register a Vehicle

Import duties are on cars and motorcycles are very high, so be prepared for this additional cost if you’re moving to Singapore and want to bring your vehicle. There’s definitely a lot you need to know.

The following information is courtesy of the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Visit theirwebsite for more information.

  1. You may bring your own vehicle to Singapore only if it is less than 3 years old. The age of a used vehicle is reckoned from the date of its first registration in a foreign country.
  2. A surcharge of $10,000 is payable for each imported used car registered in Singapore.
  3. Your vehicle must pass a mechanical inspection at the LTA before it can be registered. The requirements are:
    • All safety glass fitted must have not less than 70% light transmittance and must not contain any metallic oxide coating.
    • Exhaust emmission standards as specified by either the European Directive 91/441/EEC or Article 31 of the Japanese Safety Regulation. A certificate of compliance is required.
    • Only right-hand drive vehicles in Singapore.
    • Vehicle must be able to use unleaded petrol.
    • Vehicle must be fitted with approved front and rear safety belts.
    • Vehicle must have asbestos-free brake and clutch lining.
    • Air-conditioning units must be CFC-free.

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

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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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