HOW TO IMPORT CARS TO THE UNITED STATES FROM OVERSEAS

Ship your car to the United States with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with ovear a decade of experience importing cars. 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, import clearance, and shipping via container, air-freight, and roll-on/roll-off. We offer door to door service.

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Import Cars to the United States

There is no arguing that importing vehicles to the US is a complex task. From the strict import laws, customs and documentation requirements, consumers and businesses alike require guidance and support on car imports. Which is why West Coast Shipping strives to keep the process of importing a car to the US simple and effortless.

For the last decade, we have imported all types vehicles including classic cars, development vehicles, concept cars, Formula 1 and Formula E cars, and rally cars. We arrange door to door shipping using containers and air freight for single cars, fleets, and road rallies. 

We work with US Customs, NHTSA, DOT, EPA, and the DMV to ensure cars and motorcycles are allowed to be imported into the US.

CAR IMPORT SERVICES

  • Clearing US customs
  • Trucking container from US ports
  • Unloading at one of our warehouses
  • Short-term & long-term storage
  • Delivery to anywhere in the US
  • Temporary and permanent imports

Cost of Shipping a Car to the United States

Rates on shipping cars to the United States from overseas vary widely. Which is why we provide current quotes by phone or email. Contact us today to get a rate on importing your cars to the USA.

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OPTIONAL SHIPPING INSURANCE

The cost is calculated from the vehicle's value. Contact us to get an insurance quote.


Import Under the 25 Year Law

Federal Restrictions

  • Vehicle must be over 25 years old
  • Original engine or EPA certified engine

State Restrictions Vary by State

  • Some require seat belts, headlights and certain emission standards.
  • For example, California requires vehicles manufactured after 1975 to be certified to operate in the state.

 

Import Under the Show & Display Law

The car has to meet the following criteria:

  • Production run didn’t surpass 500 examples
  • Never been offered for sale in the US
  • Must be out of production
  • Must not be a kit car or a replica

Even after getting it into the US, you have other laws to follow:

  • You are not allowed to sell the vehicle without the permission of the NHTSA
  • You are also not allowed to drive more than 2,500 miles per year.

A list of previously approved & dissaproved cars can be found here.


Motorcycle Shipping Overseas

Motorcycle Imports to the USA

Like cars, we provide an import service for motorcycles to the United States. We ship bikes to the US by air or sea, clear import customs, and deliver them to your door. 

We have previously imported motorcycles for these events:

  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
  • Rolling Thunder Ride
  • Daytona Bike Week
  • Bike Week in Myrtle Beach
  • Republic of Texas Biker Rally


About Us

We are car people who 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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