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Ship your car to Spain with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with a decade of experience on shipping cars to Europe. 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.

Get an instant quote to ship your car to Spain by using our shipping calculator.

Car Shipping To Spain

For the last 16 years, we have worked with local and international customers to ship their vehicles from the United States to Spain. Our shipping process is extremely simple. You get an instant online quote using our car shipping calculator below, and then you fill out our online shipping form. Then we begin to make arrangements to collect the vehicle and submit documentation to US customs for export. Once the cars arrive at one of our loading facilities in California, Florida, or New York, we begin to load the vehicle into a container. The most affordable ports for shipping cars to Spain from the USA are currently Barcelona and Valencia.

Vehicle Importation Process in Spain

We have partnered with a trusted local agent in Spain to assist our customers with properly importing and homologating vehicles for use in Spain and the EU.

For proper homologation, the following documents are required:

  • Original vehicle documentation
  • Photo of the manufacturer's plate
  • Photo of the engine plate.
  • Photo of the VIN

Please contact us for additional details on importation and rates for clearance and VAT costs.

Import taxes in Spain:

  • 10% import tax
  • 21% VAT
  • Registration tax will be somewhere between 0% and 15.9% of the vehicle's value with the calculation being based on both the value and the CO2 emissions. the lower the vehicle value and particularly the CO2 emissions, the lower the import duty.

The car must be registered within the first 30 days after arrival.

Cost to account for at destination:

  • Unloading
  • Customs clearance
  • Port fees
  • Handling fees
  • Import taxes
  • Homologation fees
  • Registration fees

Your car must be inspected prior to it being registered, view details here ITV - inspección técnica de vehículos.

If the vehicle is non EU compliant. You need to provide a certificate of conformity (i.e. homologation).

The vehicle must comply with Spanish regulations, for instance, US cars must change the red turn light to the EU standards which are amber. EU standards require that the turn signal be separate from the brake light. 

  • Must provide technical specifications, must be translated in Spanish. 
  • Import taxes receipt
  • Unique certificate 
  • If it’s a classic car needs a special examination and certificate of authenticity by the regional authorities

Foreign registered vehicles can be driven in Spain for six months. After six months the vehicle must be registered otherwise the local authorities have the right to seize the vehicle. The procedure can be done at your local “Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) office “Provincial Traffic Headquarters”.

Driving regulations in Spain you can find here.

Must be an official tax resident in Spain.

Documents needed:

  • Passport & Visa 
  • Proof of address
  • Vehicle title/registration
  • Ficha tecnica (vehicle specifications)



Vehicle documentation:

  • Original vehicle title
  • Bill of sale

International residents:

US citizens:



We accept wire transfers, checks, and ban deposits only. Read more about banking fees when paying from overseas.

We do not accept credit card payments.

Car Shipping Cost to Spain

Shipping a car from the USA to Spain costs around $1,150 to $1,800 in a container. The container is shipped from either New York or Florida and arrives in the ports of Barcelona and Valencia. It takes 30 to 35 days from departure in NY to arrive in Spain and 26 to 28 days from Florida.


When shipping anything overseas, cargo damage protection is always an option. It is calculated based on the vehicle's value. 

Car Import Tax in Spain

For up to date VAT information please visit the Spanish embassy website.

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Import Cars from Spain

We also import cars to the United States from Spain.


Documents Required for Export

Shipping your car from the United States requires the clearance of US customs. This step requires a few documents to be submitted to prove to the US government that you own the car. Here are the documents required:

  • Bill of Sale for the vehicle

  • Original Vehicle Title - if it currently has a lien on it, you must also provide a lien release letter

  • Power of Attorney form

  • Completed online shipping form

  • Copy of Passport (if you are an international citizen without a US passport)

  • Copy of EIN letter if you are a US citizen

Contact us if you have any questions about the documents required to ship your car overseas to Georgia.

car shipping to Spain

Shipping Options


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 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.


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.


Motorcycle Shipping to Spain
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.


Dream Cars Delivered Worldwide

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 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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