What Fees Do I Pay When Shipping My Car Internationally? 

22 Dec 2022

As you are aware, shipping goods internationally involves paying various fees such as import taxes, local taxes and service fees. These can add up quite quickly if you don’t know what you are doing and quickly become a complex tangle of items on your invoice. When you employ Dolphin Shipping you ensure shipping your car overseas is a stress-free process. However, there are still fees you need to pay when shipping vehicles internationally and it helps to know what you’re in for before you start making inquiries. In the blog post below we discuss the fees you must pay when shipping your car internationally. 

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car Overseas? 

The total cost involved with shipping a car overseas varies depending on several factors. These include the type of vehicle, method of shipping and the distance your car travels from manufacturer to your home via each port. Import taxes and GST in the destination country also vary and have an impact on the total cost of shipping a car internationally. The average cost of shipping your car to different countries is outlined below: 

Price of Shipping a Car to Europe 

As well as shipping fees, shipping a car to Europe requires paying port entry fees, shipping insurance and taxes. Port entry fees are relatively affordable: ranging from $200-$300 each way. Shipping insurance costs approximately 1.5% of the value of the car. Taxes in Europe vary according to the vehicle being imported and must be paid in order to gain customs clearance. A rough estimation of these costs is included below: 

  • 22% for trucks 
  • 10% for passenger cars 
  • 8% for motorcycles with engine capacity up to 250 cc 
  • 6% for motorcycles with engine capacity over 250 cc 

Price of Shipping A Car to the U.S 

Factors that affect the cost of shipping a vehicle to the U.S include distance, popularity of the shipping route and method of shipping. Additional costs include taxes and duties.  

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department, non-American vehicles (both used and new) transported into the United States pay duty fees at the following rates: 

  • 2.5% for cars 
  • 25% for trucks 
  • Up to 2.4% for motorcycles

You may also be liable for the gas-guzzler tax if your vehicle has a fuel economy of less than 22.5m to the gallon. 

Price of Shipping A Car to Australia 

If you are importing a car to Australia, there is 10% GST and a 5% Duty applicable, but not on all vehicles, and not from all countries. Due to the complex nature of the fees, please speak with our team to find out exactly what charges to expect. 

Why Ship With Dolphin Shipping Australia? 

As well as understanding the fees governing the importation of vehicles into Australia and elsewhere overseas, Dolphin Shipping offers premium logistics and supply chain management for motor vehicles, boats and other large machinery. Enjoy peace of mind by using Dolphin Shipping Australia: you’re in good hands.