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  • Weekly Shared Containers From France
  • Door to Door White Glove Service
  • Shipping via Containers & Air Freight to the USA
  • Customs, Duties, Shipping & Local Transport

Import Cars From France to the US

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We make the dream of buying and importing a car from France a reality. With decades of expertise, we specialize in the secure import of all types of cars, including collector cars and exotic vehicles from Le Havre to the US. Choose your journey, by air or by sea, and we handle the rest, making sure your dream car arrives safely from France to the US.

Importing cars from France to the US involves navigating a complex web of regulations and documentation requirements. Our mission is to streamline this process for both consumers and businesses, ensuring a hassle-free experience. With our deep understanding of US import laws, customs regulations, and necessary documentation, we provide expert assistance to ensure your vehicle complies with all necessary standards.

Our team is proficient in handling logistics for a wide range of scenarios, including events, rallies, shows, and auctions. We also specialize in managing tourist and temporary imports, ensuring all required documentation is in place for the temporary entry of foreign vehicles into the US for up to one year. This service is ideal for those looking to bring their vehicles into the country for a limited period, whether for personal use or special events.

We work closely with customs, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to guarantee that all vehicles are imported safely and legally. Our comprehensive approach ensures that your car meets all US safety and environmental standards, providing you with peace of mind throughout the import process.

Whether you are importing a vintage classic, a high-performance sports car, or a family vehicle, we offer personalized support and guidance every step of the way. From the initial paperwork to the final delivery, our commitment is to make your car import experience from France to the US as seamless and stress-free as possible. With our expertise and dedication, you can be confident that your vehicle will be handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

We provide affordable shared (consolidated) container shipping from Europe to the US through the Port of Bremerhaven in Germany. We arrange for the transport of your transport from anywhere in France, via open or enclosed transport.

We import cars from all countries in Europe, including: 

Germany 🇩🇪 Netherlands 🇳🇱 France 🇫🇷
Belgium 🇧🇪 Italy 🇮🇹 Switzerland 🇨🇭
Spain 🇪🇸 Portugal 🇵🇹 Sweden 🇸🇪
and the United Kingdom 🇬🇧
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Car Import Services From France:

  • Container, RoRo & Air Freight service
  • Secure container loading & crating options
  • EU Export & US import customs clearance
  • Door to door delivery
  • Short-term & long-term secure storage
  • Auctions
  • Temporary, permanent & event imports
  • Returning US vehicles
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We Provide Safe Transport From Across France:

  • Paris
  • Marseilles
  • Lyon
  • Toulouse
  • Nice
  • Nantes
  • Montpellier
  • and more - contact us for details

US Car Import Laws & Restrictions


We are dedicated to making the import process smooth and hassle-free. With the intricate US import laws, customs regulations, and documentation needs, it's essential for consumers and businesses to have expert assistance when bringing vehicles into the US.

Our team is well-versed in offering logistics assistance for a variety of occasions, including events, rallies, shows, and auctions. Additionally, we specialize in handling tourist and temporary imports, providing support with necessary documentation for temporary entry of foreign vehicles in the US for up to 1 year.

We work with customs, the NHTSA, DOT, EPA, and the DMV to ensure that all types of vehicles are imported safely and legally.

Import Car Restrictions

Regulations on car imports from France vary by vehicle age and the intended vehicle use.

Vehicles 25 years old and OLDER:

  • Not required to conform to DOT & EPA rules as long as the vehicle is unmodified

Vehicles UNDER 25 years old:

  • Factory built race cars have no age requirement and can be imported regardless of age
  • Unmodified US built vehicles can be returned back to the United States
  • Show & display vehicles for events, testing, and other applicable use cases

Import Duties & Taxes

This is the duty rate for vehicles from France and imported to the US :

  • 2.5% for automobiles
  • 2.5% for motorcycles and auto parts
  • 25% for pickup trucks due to the Chicken Tax

Paperwork Required For Imports

These are the documents required to legally import your car from France into the US:

  • original bill of lading
  • bill of sale
  • Foreign registration or US title
  • Letter of approval from the NHTSA
  • EPA Form 3520-1
  • DOT Form HS-7

About Us

We pride ourselves in safe and reliable international car shipping for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Arabic, & Spanish.

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"Professional service at unbeatable prices. We have tried WCS with a number of cars from NJ and CA to Bremerhaven and we are happy with the results. They handled our classic cars with care and responded rapidly to any of our emails. All together they offer a great service!"



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