INTERNATIONAL CAR SHIPPING TO CHINA FROM THE USA

Ship your car to China with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with a decade of experience on shipping cars to Asia. We are one of the largest car shipping companies in the US, with locations in California and New Jersey. We handle ground transportation, vehicle documentation, export and import clearance, and shipping overseas by container, air-freight, and roll-on/roll-off.

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Ship Your Car to China

China is one of the most popular destinations in Asia for importing cars from America. The majority of car imports to China are new cars because of the huge difference in price between what the car manufacturers charge in China vs the USA. There is also the issue of enormous import duties placed on car imports, so it makes sense to import new cars instead of used cars. China also has numerous free-trade zones, allowing you to take adventage of their newly implemented gray-import laws on new cars. The most sought-after new cars are the Lexus LX 570, Range Rover, Mercedes GL, Porsche Cayenne, and the Maserati Ghibli.

Used cars can still be imported as long as they are only a few years old and you are moving to China. Diplomats have an easier time when shipping cars to China because of their status, allowing them to import nearly any car duty free. 

In order to export your car from the United States, your vehicle will be required to clear US customs. You will have to submit the following documentation:

  • Original title or MSO for your vehicle

  • Bill of sale showing you purchased the vehicle

  • Copy of your passport if you are not a US citizen or an EIN letter from the IRS if you are a US citizen

  • Filled out Power of Attorney form which is available with our online shipping form

If you have any questions about the documentation requirements for shipping your cars to China please contact us.

Car Shipping Cost to China

Car shipping rates to China from the USA start at around $1,600 per car in a container. The transit time is around 17 days from California. The cost includes loading, US customs clearance and shipping to the port of Dalian, Tianjin, or Xingang in China. It does not include Chinese import customs, unloading costs, and optional marine insurance.

Roll-on/Roll-off car shipping rates tend to be less expensive, while Air Freight is more expensive than shipping in a container. To get a current rate on shipping a car to China in a container, please use the car shipping calculator on this page.

ARE CLASSIC CARS ALLOWED INTO CHINA?

Currently classic cars are possible to be imported into China, but only temporarily. As a result you can only ship your classic cars to China for events, shows, rallies and the like. Importing classic cars permanently is impossible due to current laws. Which is why many Chinese classic car collectors hold their collections overseas instead of in China.

For up to date laws on car imports to China please contact your local Chinese embassy.

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Import Cars From China

We also ship cars to the United States from China.

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How Cars Are Shipped to China

Car shipping to China in a container is by far the most popular method. In 2015, over 30,000 cars were shipped this way from the US. Customers shipping a single car choose the consolidated car shipping option which lowers the cost of shipping. It is the best option for a single new, used or classic car because it allows you to share a whole 40 or 45ft container with other customer's vehicles. Consolidation can lower the cost of shipping your car by over 60%. 

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Shipping Options

CONTAINER

By using a container for shipping, we can load anywhere from 1 to 6 cars (depending on size), the vehicles can either run and drive, or be project cars. We offer consolidation when shipping to the port, saving you money by shipping your vehicles along with other cars in the same container. When shipping high-value vehicles, we can load them in their own dedicated 20ft or 40ft containers.

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RORO

Shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off is another option when shipping cars overseas. However, unlike with containarized car shipping, you cannot ship anything inside of your vehicle, and the car be in run and drive condition to be able to drive on and off the ship. The ports which support RoRo vary widely, and so do the rates.

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AIRPLANE

If you require your vehicle overseas as quickly as possible, we recommend shipping the car via Air-Freight service. Compared to lengthy shipping times and possible port delays when shipping in a container or via RoRo, shipping your car by Air is the quickest shipping options. Transit time is estimated at around 3 to 10 days, depending on the documentation and customs requirements.

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How Motorcycles Are Shipped Overseas

Motorcycles are a popular import from the US, and most customers use a container. You can fit up to 8 motorcycles in a 20ft container and up to 16 in a 40ft container. They are securely strapped and braced. This makes it the perfect solution for wholesale buyers and dealers. Use the shipping calculator on this page to get a quote, or contact us.

Another option is shipping your motorcycle via air freight to any international airport. It's a more expensive option, and it requires a custom crate to be built around the bike. However, air freight will minimize transit time.

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What We Ship

Leading dealerships, auctions, museums and events ship their vehicles, motorcycles, and special projects around the world with West Coast Shipping. We have the expertise to handle them all.


About Us

We are car people who pride ourselves in safely and reliably transporting vehicles for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, & Spanish.

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