2016 US Car Export Report

Car Shipping to China from the USA

Shipping to China is made simple with West Coast Shipping's range of logistics services

We are a US based freight forwarder specializing in shipping cars, motorcycles, boats, parts and household goods to China. We work with diplomats, travelers, and adventurers who are moving or visiting China from the US. Our full range of shipping services includes local US collection, professional loading, shipping in a container by sea, Roll-on/Roll-off, or by air freight. We also work with customers shipping classic cars to China. Get a quote below or contact us now.

We have locations on both US coasts: California and New York.

Cost of Car Shipping to China from the USA

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.

Request a quote on RoRo shipping to China here, and on Air Freight here.

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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!


Safe and Secure Car Handling

Our expert shipping team consists of in-house loaders who specialize in safely and securely loading and unloading classic cars during their journey overseas. We do not outsource our loading to anyone but our trusted team.

Locations on Both US Coasts

Strategically placed shipping facilities provide secure points of car export and import on the East and West Coast. Which lowers local and international car shipping costs and transit times. Secure indoor storage for your vehicles is also available.

Turn Key Delivery

We pickup and deliver classic cars door to door, around the world. Everything from pickup, loading, shipping, delivery and customs clearance can be arranged. Relax, and enjoy the trip.

Have Questions? Contact us

Instant Rates

Our online rate calculator allows you to view current rates for shipping vehicles, boats, motorcycles and pallets anytime, anywhere. It can even calculate the cost of ground transportation from anywhere in the US.

Custom Shipping Solutions

Whether you are looking to ship one car or 20, we will find the solution that best fits your needs and budget. Our team will be there to ensure the logistics go smoothly.



New car shipping to China from USAChina 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. 

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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How Cars are Shipped to China

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.

In a Container

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Shipping to China from USA in containerCar 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%. 

When shipping valuable classic and exotic cars you can also have a whole 20ft container all to yourself by selecting the 20ft container shipping option. It is the safest and most secure way to ship a car to China. If you are shipping 2 to 4 cars, we can fit them in a single 40/45ft container by utilizing customized ramps. Since every shipment is different, we utilize wooden ramps and frames to ensure each vehicle is safely loaded and protected. 

An additional benefit to shipping in a container is the ability to load extra parts, packages, or household goods. We can load your cars in any configuration deemed safe for the vehicles, giving you extra space for other items. 

Once your container arrives at the destination port in China, your overseas agent can collect it at the port for you, and take it to their facilities for unloading. Import agents in China can also provide additional services such as import clearance and local registration.  

Roll on/Roll off

RoRo Shipping to China from USAThe cheapest method of shipping a car to China in certain cases is via RoRo service. You car is taken directly to the terminal, driven onto a RoRo ship and strapped down to the floor. The car must be in running and driving condition, and it cannot have any other packages, parts or goods inside. RoRo carriers are also very strict about the amount of fuel remaining in the vehicle, requiring any remaining fuel in your vehicle to be pumped out until the fuel indicator lights up. Shipping times via RoRo are similar to container shipping because they travel along similar shipping routes. However RoRo ships leave on a different schedule, and departure dates vary from weekly to bi-weekly departures.

Upon arrival at the destination port, your car is driven off the ship. Import documentation must be cleared and up to date on China's side in order for you to be able to pickup the car directly from the port of arrival without delays. 

Air Freight

Ship Ferrari by air freight to China from USAWhile most do not choose the air freight method due to the costs involved, it is the only option when you need a car overseas within days instead of weeks. Cars are placed on specialized pallets, and are then placed on cargo planes or in the cargo hold of regular airliners. You can ship from virtually any US airport to any international airport in China. The cost of shipping a car by air freight is calculated on the volume the car takes up. The wider, higher, or longer the car is, the more expensive it is to ship by air. Some customers choose to have their cars and motorcycles crated to avoid any possibility of damage in transit. Once the documentation for export and import are cleared, cars are transported directly to the airport for shipping.

Please let us know if you have any questions about shipping your car to China from the USA - contact us today.

Disclaimer: We only provide the ground & ocean transportation service. Customer will be responsible for import & unloading fees when the car arrives at the destination port overseas. Insurance is optional.