During 2016, the United States exported 512,487 vehicles in containers. The volume was down just 1% compared to 2015. Whether new or used, classic or vintage; nearly any type of vehicle you can think of gets loaded into a container and shipped overseas.
Europe is the largest growing market for US cars. A 25% increase in volume has shown that despite a strong US dollar, importers in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Sweden purchased more US cars. The UK is the only European country that has seen a fall in imports, and that is due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
Booming demand is driven in large part by classic cars and new US manufactured vehicles. As values on classics continue to level out in the US, Europe- ans are seeing more incentive to buy classics here. Old American muscle cars, pickups, classic German and English sports cars are popular.
However over in the land down under, Australia saw a dip in car imports. Despite their love of American classics and muscle cars, Aussie car importers face hefty import duties and registration fees. Many expect this to change, as the government looks to lower duties in the near future.
Cars exports to New Zealand on the other hand have grown by a modest 5% in 2016. It’s a market that’s about half the size of Australia’s.