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

Import Cars From Germany to the US

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

Importing a car from Germany to the US can be a complex process, but with our expert team, it becomes a seamless experience. The first step in the car import from Germany to the US involves ensuring that your vehicle meets all the necessary US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. We work closely with manufacturers to obtain the required documentation, confirming that your car complies with these stringent regulations.

One of the most popular methods for car import from Germany to the US is shipping in containers. This option provides maximum protection for your vehicle during transit. We carefully prepare and load your car into a shipping container, securing it with custom braces to prevent any movement. Once the container is sealed, it is shipped across the Atlantic, with real-time tracking provided to keep you updated on its journey. Upon arrival, we handle all customs paperwork and inspections, ensuring your car is delivered safely to your specified location in the US.

For those who need their vehicles quickly, air freight is an excellent option for car import from Germany to the US. Air freight significantly reduces transit time, often delivering your car within a week. We coordinate with top airlines to ensure that your vehicle is transported with the highest standards of care. Upon arrival in the US, our team expedites the customs clearance process, ensuring a swift and efficient delivery to your doorstep.

Choosing our services for your car import from Germany to the US means relying on a team of professionals dedicated to making the process as hassle-free as possible. Whether by sea or by air, we manage every detail, from initial pickup to final delivery, ensuring that your car arrives in perfect condition and in compliance with all US regulations. Trust us to handle your car import needs with expertise and care.

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 Germany, 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 Germany:

  • 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 All German Cities:

  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Hamburg
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt
  • Dresden
  • Dusseldorf
  • 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 Germany 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 Germany 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 Germany 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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