West Coast Shipping specializes in shipping cars to France from the United States. We handle everything from collecting the vehicle in the US, international shipping, and processing documentation.
Cars are shipped to France every day using shipping containers. A shipping container is one of the safest and most convenient ways to ship most types of vehicles. Cars, motorcycles, classic cars, and exotics are all shipped from the US to France in a shipping container. You can also place ship auto parts and household goods with your car when shipping in a container.
Consolidation Is Available
Because of our large shipping volume, we're able to offer consolidation to major ports in France. Consolidation means we can place your vehicle in a shared container, and ship it to France for a fraction of the cost. Find out more about consolidated container shipping here.
Transit Time To France
Typically containers arrive in 9 days from the port of New York, and in 30 days from a port in California.
More Car Shipping Options
If your vehicle does not fit inside of a 20, 40, or 45-ft container, you can ship it via Roll-on/Roll-off service to France.
You also have the option to ship a car to France by air freight. It is a more expensive option for shipping your car overseas, yet it is also the fastest option. Find out more about shipping a car by air freight here.
French Car Import Agent
We work closely with reliable import agents in France to make the car import process as simple as possible. Our agents work to clear local import customs in France unload the car from the container, and have the car ready to go when you arrive. We also provide a turn-key solution, with door-to-door vehicle delivery between the USA and France.
The cheapest port to ship a car to in France is the port of Le Havre, rates range from $1,000 to $1,800. Shipping a motorcycle to France costs around $600.
French Import Tax
France has one of the most demanding customs offices in Europe. Cars must meet all French regulations. They require all paperwork to be in order and if you are importing classic cars to France then they must be in an original, unmodified condition.
As of 2016, the import tax on cars in France is 10% duty plus 20% VAT. If a car is over 30 years old, you will pay 5.5% VAT and no duties. Many choose to import their vehicles through Bremerhaven,Germany,or Rotterdam,Netherlands. Whichever you choose to ship your classic car to, we can help.
If a car is over 50 years old, you will pay no import tax, and only a 5% VAT will apply.
Motorcycles are currently taxed at 6% duty plus 20% VAT.
QUICK CAR SHIPPING TO FRANCE
If you require your vehicle in France as fast as possible, we recommend shipping the car via Air-Freightservice. 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. To get more information on shipping cars by Air,get a quote today.
Import Cars From France
We also ship cars to the United States from France.
How Cars Are Shipped to France
You have numerous options to choose from when shipping your car to France. If you are shipping classic cars, a container may be the best choice. 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 of Le Havre, meaning you can save money on car shipping to France by shipping your vehicles along with other customers in the same container. When shipping high-value vehicles, we can load them in their own dedicated 20ft or 40ft containers.
Custom frames are built for each car, and they are safely strapped and braced in the container. Unlike other companies, we do not use forklifts to lift your vehicles as it increases the likelihood of damaging the underside of the vehicle. If you are moving to France, we can also load household goods along with your vehicle.
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.
Shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off is another option when shipping cars overseas. However, unlike containerized car shipping, you cannot ship anything inside of your vehicle, and the car is 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.
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 option. Transit time is estimated at around 3 to 10 days, depending on the documentation and customs requirements.
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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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.
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, Russian, Arabic, & Spanish.
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