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Car Shipping to Spain

Shipping a Car from the USA to Spain

Shipping Your Car to Spain? Car Shipping from the USA to Spain starts at a cost of $1,395 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 4-8 weeks, though your car shipping cost depends on the make and model, the port of origin, and the method of shipment, with options such as roll-on/roll-off shipments or container shipments. Below, we explore everything you need to know about shipping your car to Spain.

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Want more information on car shipping services to Spain from the USA?

Read on below for our US to Spain Vehicle Shipping Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Spain Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame, US to Spain Vehicle Shipping Options, Ports Served in the US & Spain, and other details on Car Shipping from USA to Spain.

Car Shipping to Spain Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to ship your car to Spain.
  • After you’ve determined that your vehicle is eligible and selected a shipping option, gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale

    • Car Registration

  • Understand the costs of shipping a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant Spain State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car shipping company and preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Spain
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil
  • If you wish to register your vehicle for road use in Spain, you’ll need to get the vehicle plated

More information on the steps and process of shipping cars to Spain can be found here.

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Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the car shipping process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Spain or if it’s just a temporary move,
  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months.
  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle.

These questions and more will determine whether you are eligible to ship your car to Spain. Your actual tax rate is based on these details. You should never assume your auto shipping scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer cars. Our international car shipping agents can assist you every step of the way – we’re always just a phone call away.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Spain from the USA, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle shipment to Spain, the vehicle must be declared in Customs.

You’ll need the following documentation for car shipping to Spain:

  • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale
  • Registration Certificate or any equivalent official document

Things to Consider

  • Vehicles shipped to Spain must comply with all Spanish legal and technical requirements.
  • Upon receiving temporary Spanish plates, an Inspección Técnica de Vehículos (ITV) must be performed to ensure your vehicle meets Spanish homologation requirements. You can find a list of inspection stations here, but rest assured our agents will be ready to assist you with any questions.
  • Spanish law obliges any user of a motor vehicle to take out a third-party liability insurance policy. You will need proof of Spanish car insurance (Seguro de Vehículos) in order to register your vehicle.

Spain Car Shipping Cost & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Valencia, our estimate for Car Shipping from USA to Spain starts at a cost of $1,395 USD. However, the cost to ship a car to Spain can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your shipping method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Also, you’ll need to consider any additional car shipping cost such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and Spain taxes & duties.

An estimated timeframe measures the duration of a port-to-port service. Typically, shipping a car to Spain from the USA will take between 4-8 weeks, depending on your port of departure, arrival, and method of service. This is provided all the required documents are submitted to us in a timely manner, the car is prepared to depart and all other cars to fill the container have been secured.

Taxes & Duties for Spain Car Shipping

Prior to car shipping to Spain, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Spain requirements.

Anyone shipping cars to Spain from the US needs to pay certain duties.

If you are shipping a vehicle to Spain from the USA, your car will be subject to local customs duties levied by the Spanish government, these include:

  • 10% Import Duty
  • 21% VAT (Value Added Tax) – Paid at Customs.
  • Registration Tax – Based on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions, can range from 0% – 14.75%.

However, in certain circumstances, you might be able to gain exemption from paying customs duties and taxes.

  • EU citizens who have resided in the USA for over a year and have been the owners of a vehicle for over 6 months will be granted a one-time opportunity to import their car tax-free.

The amount of taxes and import duties payable when shipping a car to Spain from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Spain, fill out our free quick quote form.

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Car Shipping to Spain Options

Car Shipping to Spain can be performed using a shared container, a sole container, or a roll-on/roll-off shipping service.


Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) – Roll-On/Roll-Off is our most budget-friendly option to ship cars! With RoRo shipping, your car is driven into a cargo area on the shipping vessel that resembles a parking garage, where it is secured for safe transport.

Although RoRo shipping may take a bit longer than other methods used to transport vehicles, the only added charges with a RoRo ship are customs clearance and port fees.


Shared Container Service – Enjoy the peace of mind of shipping your vehicle in a fully enclosed 40ft container yet share the additional handling charges of container shipping with other vehicles’ owners. We utilize an industry-leading steel rack loading system that allows us to safely and securely load multiple vehicles into a single container without the use of wooden ramps and nails, which can damage your vehicle.

*While you have the benefit of dividing the terminal handling, trucking, unloading, and customs clearance charges, there might be a slight delay before your vehicle ships since the container must be fully loaded before it can ship out. However, you’ll still be enjoying the added safety of shipping your vehicle in a fully enclosed container.


Full Container Load – All the benefits of shipping cars with our shared container service, without the wait! Enjoy a shorter wait between departure and arrival as your vehicle will be the sole occupant of the container. However, with a single vehicle in the container, you will incur additional fees like terminal handling, trucking, and unloading charges in addition to customs clearance and port fees. The added benefit of enclosed container shipping can’t be beat, as your vehicle won’t be exposed to the weather and other elements.

Once we receive your vehicle, its condition will be thoroughly documented with photos. We’ll also document the loading process as your vehicle is expertly and securely loaded into our shipping container. We utilize a modern steel loading system which minimizes the chance of damage because it doesn’t use outdated wood ramps and nails. Once loaded and secured, the container door is locked and won’t be opened until it reaches its final destination.

We invite our dedicated container service clients to pack and transport other items inside their vehicle, as it will be secured in a fully enclosed container and locked until it reaches its final destination. However, please make sure all items are securely loaded, as CFR Classic won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind. Once your car arrives at its final destination in Spain, our international car shipping agent will access the container and document the vehicle’s arrival condition and unloading process with photo documentation.

*Container shipping is faster than our roll-on/roll-off (RoRo or Ro Ro) service thanks to its frequent weekly departures. Also enjoy the added benefit and peace of mind of shipping your car to Spain in a fully enclosed container, unlike roll-on/roll-off.

Additional Services


Sourcing Vehicles – With over 20 years’ experience in the shipping industry, we’ve developed a wide network of auto buyers. We can assist overseas clients with vehicle purchases, for a nominal fee. We can also arrange for expedient and convenient shipping of your new car!


Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA, and a full inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and Spain

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will ship from depends on the method of car shipping to Spain, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.

Destination Ports – Spain

Here are the Spain entry ports that we can ship your vehicle to:

  • Alicante
  • Aviles
  • Algeciras
  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • Burgos
  • Cádiz
  • Cartagena
  • Castellón
  • Ferrol
  • Las Palmas
  • Malaga
  • Mallorca
  • Santander
  • Seville
  • Tarragona
  • Tenerife
  • Valencia
  • Vigo

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before you can ship your vehicle to Spain, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods. CFR Classic can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner before having your car shipped to help ensure you comply with this requirement.

We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in Spain

Vehicles shipped from the U.S to Spain must be registered. Once your vehicle is cleared through customs, it must be registered at the nearest traffic department, or Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico. You will be issued a temporary license plate.

Required documents for registration:

  • Car Registration & Proof of Ownership
  • VAT and Vehicle Registration Payment Receipt
  • Spanish vehicle insurance (Seguro de Vehículos)
  • Receipt of Payment of Road Tax
  • Vehicle Inspection Certificate
  • Passport
  • Proof of Residency
  • Tax Identification Number (NIE)

Other Spain/US Shipping Options

This information was updated in January 2024. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.

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