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How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car Internationally?

By February 7, 2022September 19th, 2022No Comments
How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car Internationally?

If you are transferring to a different country, the likelihood is that you already have a driver’s license and would prefer to continue driving once you have settled into your new home. In most cases, you might just purchase a car wherever you move. However, if you like your car, you might consider shipping it internationally. 

Before making a choice to ship your car overseas. Here is a guide of how much it will cost to ship a vehicle to six different countries and the factors that will most likely influence the ultimate cost. 

Not all national moving companies offer international moving. Make sure you do some research before scouting companies.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car Internationally?

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Factors that will affect shipping costs 

There’s so much that affects the costs of shipping a car internationally. At International Van Lines, we’ll go over these factors to create a personalized quote for our shipping services. 

Model and manufacturer of your automobile. The sort of vehicle you intend to export will impact the pricing. If a car is enormous or long, it will take more room than a smaller vehicle. Furthermore, a luxury car is more expensive because you must pay more for insurance to ensure no damage and that your car arrives in good condition. 

Trip distance. Some shipping companies charge based on the number of miles traveled. The shorter the distance between you and your destination, the less expensive shipping your car will be.

Seasons. It is good to compare expense estimates during different times of the year. Weather conditions during winter, for example, can make shipping your car more expensive/

Mode of transportation. If you are transporting via truck, you can choose between an enclosed or an open truck. The open carrier is less expensive than the enclosed carrier. However, because it is open and exposed to the elements, an open carrier poses a danger to your vehicle and increases the likelihood of damage. If you are carrying a high-end automobile, a closed carrier is safer, but it is also more costly.

Pick up location. The place where you pick up or drop off your vehicle will have an impact on your cost. You can choose from having your car delivered at your doorstep or choose to pick up your car at a different facility. 

Modalities of transport. For international moves, you’ll need to transport your car via sea freight. Although air freight is also available, the costs can ramp up to $40,000 or more. For long-distance moves, you can consider road freight, which can be a cheaper alternative. 

Expedited shipping. Shipping by sea can be done on two different levels: economy shipping and expedited shipping, respectively. Economic shipping takes an average of one to two months and is significantly less expensive. Shipping your car overseas in an expedited manner reduces the wait time from several weeks to around 3 to 12 weeks. Still, it also dramatically raises the expense of shipping your car overseas. 

Tariffs for import and export. Customs clearance fees, tariffs, and other handling fees are expected when you’re shipping a car. Your shipping company will assist you in completing the relevant paperwork to avoid incurring additional costs due to improper customs declarations.

Open or closed shipping. You can select to ship your container, which is advantageous when exporting a luxury or vintage car. This will set you back nearly twice as much as a shared container would have. In contrast, if you don’t mind sharing a container with other vehicles, this is the most cost-effective and convenient alternative for you. 

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The cost of shipping a car internationally

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Cost to ship a car overseas 

As you can see from the information provided above, various factors will influence the cost of shipping your vehicle internationally. This section will provide you with a general summary of the costs associated with shipping a car internationally. 



Suppose your car is in good condition and functions properly, and it is of standard average size. In that case, the cost of shipping your car from the US to Australia is approximately $1200.


The expected turnaround time ranges from 28 to 50 days, depending on the pick-up and drop-off location. These dates are based on sea freight timelines. 


For automobiles that have been in your possession for more than thirty years, you pay zero percent duty and ten percent GST. New or used vehicles less than 30 years old will be charged 10 percent duty and 10 percent GST. You will be charged 5 percent duty and 10 percent GST for a four-wheel-drive off-road or commercial vehicle. 

The United Kingdom


On average, expect to pay at least $900 to get your car to the UK. This price will change depending on the model of your vehicle, port of origin, and method of shipment used.


The turnaround time is expected to be between 14 and 28 days for cars being shipped from the United States East Coast. If you’re shipping a car from the West Coast, expect this to take a minimum of 35 days. 


You will be eligible to pay a 10 percent import duty, a 20 percent VAT, and a 5 percent import duty palette for collector vehicles when importing your vehicle if:

  • You purchased the automobile duty or tax-free
  • Your vehicle is new and hasn’t been driven for more than six months
  • You have already received a VAT or sales tax refund on the car
  • You live outside the EU and intend to stay in the UK for more than twelve months

However, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforces customs rules such as the $800 minimum import tax level.

The cost of moving overseasAsia 


The cost of shipping your car from the United States to Asia will range between $250 and $6,000. However, because Asia is so vast, it’s almost impossible to come up with an accurate estimate unless we know all the information. 


Depending on the receiving port, it could take anywhere between 12 and 40 days for your automobile to arrive. In most cases, we recommend to send items to the West Coast by truck to cut down shipping expenses. 


All commodities imported into Asia are subject to the country’s value-added tax (VAT), 17% for all other goods subject to the tax, including cars. However, taxation procedures in Asia can vary per destination. At International Van Lines we can assist you with this process better. 



Moving an automobile from the United States to Canada is between $700 and $2500 on average. Since Canada and the US share extensive borders, it’s easy to transport a vehicle by truck. 


It can take anywhere from 5 to 12 days for your car to arrive in Canada from the United States. The final timeline depends on the city of origin. 


All non-NAFTA automobiles are subject to a 6.1% import tariff. You will additionally be charged provincial sales tax (PST), which is calculated depending on the current rate in effect in your province at the time of import. In addition, a $100 AC tax is charged. If the weight of your vehicle exceeds 4,425lbs (2,007kgs), you may be liable for Excess Weight Tax. Those who drive cars with an average fuel consumption rating of more than 13 liters per 100 kilometers will be liable to a gas law fee ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. 



Shipping a car to Mexico from the United States can range from $275 to $2500 when using ground transport. Mexico and the US also share an extensive border, making shipping expenses significantly lower. 


It takes between 5 and 12 days to ship a car to Mexico from the United States. This will also vary according to the point of origin of the car. 


New cars pay a general duty rate of 20%, 16% VAT, 0.8% DTA, and ISAN, a special tax on new automobiles that ranges from 2 percent to 16 percent. Your car’s taxations will vary according to different factors, so it’s important to work with a specialized moving company to account for additional costs. 

Bottom line

The process of transporting your car from one country to another, whether temporarily or permanently, is a draining experience. Besides the paperwork and taxes to consider, you’ll also have to consider the insurance and other expenditures incurred during the process of exporting your automobile. 

At International Van Lines, our moving specialists have years of experience helping car owners ship their vehicles with success. Contact us today to request a personalized quote to ship your vehicle internationally. 

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