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INTERNATIONAL CAR SHIPPING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM

Import your car to the United Kingdom with West Coast Shipping, a US based international car shipper with over 10 years of experience. We load cars in containers using our experienced team, from our own facilities 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. Let's get your car home to the UK.

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We Ship Cars to the United Kingdom

One Stop Shop

We export thousands of cars and motorcycles each year from the US to the UK. Vehicles in the US are collected nationwide, safely transported to our facilities by ground, and then loaded and shipped to the port of Felixstowe, Liverpool, London Gateway, and Southampton. Cars imported to the UK are greeted by our local UK agents who clear import customs, unload the container, and provide local delivery to anywhere in the UK.  We also offer turn-key solutions to get you driving your American cars in the UK, including inspections and DVLA.

Safely Handle Classics & Exotics

West Coast Shipping specializes in transporting classic cars around the world. We have the experience to carefully handle classic cars using specialized equipment to ensure no damage. We ship classic cars of any condition to the UK.

How To Import Cars To The United Kingdom

Shipping Costs Involved

With our global reach you receive competitive market rates across all container sizes, ports, and ocean carriers.  

Rates on container shipping from the USA to United Kingdom are currently at an all time low. You can ship a car from New Jersey to a number of ports for as little as $900 in a consolidated container. This includes the cost of loading the car at our California location, US customs export clearance, and shipping by ocean port-to-port. The freight cost does not include import clearance, VAT or customs duty in United Kingdom. Those costs can be obtained through a local agent which we can provide.

Shipping Insurance

You can insure your vehicle for the trip overseas using optional marine insurance coverage. Insurance cost varies based on vehicle value. Read more about why insurance is recommended when shipping vehicles overseas.

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Calculate UK Import Duties and Destination Charges

Import Duties and VAT for the UK vary from the type of vehicle, its age, and if you are a EU national or moving to the EU. 

Modern cars are usually imported at 10% import duty and 20% VAT. Check below if you are eligible to pay less car import tax or avoid it altogether.

Cars over 30 years old are imported without any import duties, only a 5% VAT has to be paid. However, the authorities are strict to ensure the classic car is original, without any modifications to the engine, chassis, etc. They want to make sure the vehicle is unmodified from its original form. If you are importing cars originally built in the EU, the import duty is £50, plus 20% VAT. Pickup trucks and commercial vehicles are the most expensive, taxed at 22% import duty and 20% VAT. 

You can also avoid paying import duties if you are moving permanently to the EU, get more details here. Temporary imports for up to 6 months can avoid paying the VAT and import duties completely. 

Destination charges are separate from the shipping cost provided by the calculator. Destination charges is what's required to be paid in the UK in order to have the container your vehicle is in picked up from the port, unloaded, and cleared with customs. The costs range depending on the UK agent, how many vehicles you are shipping and which condition they are in. Contact us to receive a quote on importing your vehicle to the UK.

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Import Cars from United Kingdom

We also import cars to the United States from United Kingdom.

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Documents Required To Ship

Shipping your car from the United States requires clearance by US customs. This requires documents to be submitted to the shipper, who then provides it to the local customs office.

These are the documents required for export:

  • 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


UK Vehicle Testing & Inspections

Vehicles are required to pass one or more inspections before they can be licensed and registered in the UK. The required inspections are based on the vehicle year, level of modification, and country of origin. 

Vehicles under 10 years old require Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) which may require reworking the vehicle's exterior lights. MOT testing is required for most vehicles. After passing the MOT, you can apply to register the vehicle with the DVLA. Because of the numerous steps involved, we always recommend first time UK car importers to work with one of our agents to ensure their imported vehicle is correctly modified and registered for UK roads.

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Car 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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Motorcycle Shipping Overseas
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 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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