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Available models for export:
Lucid Air (Eletric Car)

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Major International Cargo & Container Shipping Ports

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Major International Cargo & Container Shipping Ports

Major International Cargo & Container Shipping Ports

Port of Shanghai, China – The Port of Shanghai is the most busy container shipping port in the world. Shanghai’s history as a prominent world shipping port goes back several centuries and it has remained a major port since that time.

Port of Singapore, China – Moving half of the world’s annual crude oil and 20 percent of its shipping containers, the Port of Singapore is the second busiest port and the largest transshipment port. The Port of Singapore is the busiest port in the world by shipping tonnage.

Port of Hong Kong, China – A primary shipping port for the Far East trade routes, the Port of Hong Kong lies in the South China Sea. Being a natural harbor, the port can easily accommodate a wide variety of shipping vessels and is one of the busiest ports in the world, both in terms of cargo and passengers.

Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands – Europe’s largest and most bustling seaport, the Port of Rotterdam was the busiest port in the world for 40 years–a stretch that ended in 2002. The port’s major cargo include petrochemical and transshipment goods.


Port of Busan, South Korea – Located in the southeastern part of the Korean peninsula, the Port of Busan has an eastern port that handles the bulk of its international trade, while the western port is used primarily for fishing activities. The main industries that use the Port of Busan are ship building, automobiles, chemicals, electronics and steel. 

Port of Antwerp, Belgium – Europe’s second largest port behind only Rotterdam, the Port of Antwerp is located further inland, offering easier access to the major delivery routes across Europe.

Port of Keihin, Japan – The Keihin Ports are a collection of ports in Japan made up of Yokohama, Tokyo and Kawasaki. The ports are collectively a central component of the trade and cargo routes through East Japan. The Port of Yokohama is the main shipping point of the Keihin ports.

Port of Jebel Ali, UAE – The largest man-made harbor in the world is also home to largest shipping port in the Middle East. The Port of Jebel Ali was built in the Persian Gulf during the 1970s in order to supplement the Port of Rashid, which lies closer to the commercial centers of the region.

Port of Hamburg, Germany – Located on the Elbe River, the Port of Hamburg is Europe’s largest shipping port next to Rotterdam and Antwerp. For centuries, the Port of Hamburg was the major shipping port of Central Europe and dates back to the 12th century.

Port of Los Angeles, USA – The largest shipping port in the United States, both by volume and cargo, the Port of Los Angeles is also in the top 20 of worldwide ports for container shipping. Combined with the nearby Port of Long Beach, the two makeup the ninth busiest port area in the world.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia – One of the fastest growing ports in the world, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas opened in 1999 and became the largest shipping port in Malaysia by 2003. The port has steadily increased the number of TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved each year it has been in operation.

Port of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Part of the Saigon port network, the Port of Ho Chi Minh City is the main shipping center for South Vietnam and one of the primary drivers of the regional economy. It is one of the top 30 shipping ports in the world.

Port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – The main port of Saudi Arabia, the Jeddah seaport was opened in 1976 on the Red Sea. The port handles a wide variety of international cargo imports and exports, including containers, grain, oil, RORO cargo, livestock and passenger services.

Port of Valencia, Spain – One of the main seaports in Europe, the Port of Valencia has a long history that dates to the 1400s. It has gradually been built up since then, eventually becoming a major force that generates more than half of Spain’s gross domestic product.

Port Said, Egypt – Officially opened during the building of the Suez Canal, Port Said is an essential shipping location for Egyptian imports and exports. It also acts as a refueling area for ships that are passing through the Suez Canal and a summertime tourist destination. Port Said is a duty-free port that has more relaxed customs regulations than other international seaports.

Port of Felixstowe, U.K. – Another one of Europe’s busiest ports, Felixstowe handles almost half of the container trade that goes through Britain.

Worldwide Shipping Port Resources

International Association Of Ports & Harbors – An organization that promotes collaboration between worldwide shipping ports to advance maritime transport efficiency and environmentally friendly standards within the industry.

Port Technology International – A news and information resource for the ports, harbors, and shipping terminals around the world. The website also has technical papers about logistics, resources about sustainability and general information about issues that affect the international transport industry.

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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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