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Import Car to Denmark

Car Import to Denmark Guide

Importing Your Car to Denmark? Car Import from the USA to Denmark starts at a cost of $1,295 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 18-28 days, depending on the make and model of the car, the port of origin, the port you want your car delivered to, and the method of shipment. Below, we explore everything you need to know about importing your car to Denmark in our 2024 guide.

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Read on below for our US to Denmark Vehicle Importing Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Denmark Car Importing Costs & Time Frame, US to Denmark Vehicle Importing Options, Ports Served in the US & Denmark, and other details on our Denmark vehicle import service.

Importing Your Car to Denmark: Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to ship your car overseas to Denmark.
  • Prior to importing your car to Denmark, you will need to gather all the necessary vehicle documentation, including:
    • Original Car Title Certificate
    • Export Permit
    • US Car Registration Documentation (even if cancelled)
    • Sales Invoice
    • Proof of Ownership of the Car
    • Insurance Paperwork
  • Save yourself some time and stress by double-checking that all of your paperwork is in order prior to shipping, as any mistakes or omissions can delay the process.
  • International car shipping involves a number of costs that you should consider carefully before employing car shipping services, these costs include:
    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your car
    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your car arrives
    • Relevant duty, taxes and fees
    • The costs associated with cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil
    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant Danish State or Territory
    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers, and logistics service provider charges
  • You must select a suitable international car shipping company and your preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Denmark and get the best rates.
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and desired destination ports.
  • Confirm that the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free from any deposits of foreign soil.

More information on the process of importing a vehicle to Denmark can be found here.

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Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the process of importing your car to Denmark, some of the most important factors to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Denmark or if it’s just a temporary move
  • The condition of your car, as it must pass an extended registration inspection before transportation into Denmark
  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months
  • Whether you’re importing a new or used car

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to Denmark. Your actual tax rate is also based on these details.

When importing cars, you should never assume your international shipping scenario is the same as someone else’s. Importing classic cars or used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for importing newer vehicles into Denmark.

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

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your auto transport shipment in Denmark, the car must be declared to Danish Customs. The documentation you require will vary depending on whether your stay in Denmark will be temporary or permanent.

If you are transporting your car into Denmark temporarily, you will need the following documentation:

  • Car Registration Documents
  • Proof of your stay in Denmark for a given duration

You will also be expected to pay a small fee.

If you are importing your car into Denmark permanently, you will need the following documentation:

  • Original Car Title Certificate
  • Export Permit
  • Copy of Passport
  • USA Car Registration Documentation
  • Driver’s License
  • Invoice, if there has been a sale, clearly stating the price of the vehicle
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Proof of Car Ownership
  • Proof of Residence within the country

Things to Consider

  • All vehicles shipped to Denmark must comply with all the legal and technical requirements stipulated by the Danish government.
  • Your car should be thoroughly cleaned prior to transportation to ensure it meets strict biosafety regulations.
  • Your car must not contain more than a 1/4 a tank of petrol whilst it is being shipped to Denmark.
  • Danish law obliges any motor car user to take out a third-party liability insurance policy before vehicle registration.

Importing Your Car to Denmark: Costs & 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 Aarhus, our estimate for Car Import from USA to Denmark starts at a cost of $1,295 USD.

However, the cost to ship a car to Denmark depends on 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 car shipping services, your desired destination port, and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs related to importing cars such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, Danish taxes & import duties, and vehicle insurance.

An estimated transit time to ship a car to Denmark measures the duration of a port-to-port service. Typically, the timeframe to ship a car to Denmark from the USA will take between 18-28 days, depending on your port of departure, arrival, and method of auto transport service. However, transit times may vary and depend upon all the required documents being submitted to us in a timely manner, the vehicle being prepared to depart and all other vehicles to fill the container having been secured.

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

Taxes & Duties for Danish Car Import

Prior to car shipping to Denmark from the USA, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Danish requirements.

If you are importing a car to Denmark from the USA, your car will be subject to local customs duties as well as a value-added tax or VAT. Customs duties are set at 10%, while VAT is 25% of the vehicle’s invoice price plus freight and costs. Once VAT and duties have been paid, your vehicle will be released.

The amount of tax and import duty payable when importing a car to Denmark from the US will vary and depend on your individual shipment details.

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

  • Vehicles that are imported into Denmark temporarily are exempt from import taxes and duties.
  • If your car is part of removal goods, you may not be required to pay customs duties and VAT, or you may qualify for reduced rates.
  • If you import your car from another country within the EU, you will be exempt from paying customs duties. However, you will still be required to pay applicable VAT at a rate of 25% if the car is new.

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Importing a Car to Denmark: Options

International car import from USA to Denmark can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.


Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) – Vehicles are loaded onto a ship that contains a cargo area built like a very big parking garage. This international car shipping option tends to be cheaper as other than the shipping charge, you are required to pay only port charges and customs clearance charges.
Transits tend to be faster than with the shared container service as the vessels depart on a weekly basis.


Shared container service – This method for car import to Denmark requires multiple vehicles to be loaded into one shipping container. While there are more fees involved to ship a car from the USA to Denmark with shared container service than with the roll-on/roll-off shipping method, due to the fact that the container must be processed, these charges are shared between the various clients who are using the container. Such fees include a trucking charge, terminal handling charge, customs clearance, and charge for unloading the vehicles at a bonded warehouse.

One disadvantage is that you might face a longer wait before your vehicle departs, as the container must have a full load before import to Denmark.


Full container load – You have the added benefit of a fully enclosed container, just like our shared container service, but the 20 ft container is dedicated solely to your vehicle. Since there’s no wait for other cars to be loaded, you’ll enjoy a shorter wait before departure. However, additional terminal handling fees and other charges won’t be shared with other vehicle owners.

Our most selective customers prefer the high level of safety and expediency offered when importing cars with dedicated container shipping. When your car is received, we’ll photograph and document the vehicle’s condition as well as the loading process. Your vehicle will be loaded using our modern steel loading system, which is not only environmentally friendly, but doesn’t rely on outdated wood ramps and nails that other shipping companies use, which can damage your vehicle.
After your car is loaded onto your own private container, it is locked and secured. This will ensure no one gains access to your car before reaching its final destination. Since the car is fully enclosed in a secure container, we invite our customers to pack and transport other items inside the vehicle. However, everything must be loaded securely, as we won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Once your car reaches its desired destination in Denmark, our agent will unlock the container, document the vehicle’s condition, and photograph the entire unloading process. Every step of the import process is not only handled carefully but documented for your peace of mind.

Compared to our roll-on/roll-off shipping option, enclosed container shipping is not only more secure when shipping to Denmark, but much faster due to frequent departures each week.

Additional Services


Sourcing vehicles – Overseas clients who wish to buy a car can turn to our long list of car buyers developed in our nearly thirty years in the auto industry, who can find and purchase vehicles for an additional fee or commission.


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

Ports Served in Denmark

Departure Ports – United States

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

Destination Ports – Denmark

Here are the entry ports in Denmark that we can ship a car to.

  • Aarhus
  • Copenhagen
  • Grenaa
  • Esbjerg
  • Odense
  • Fredericia
  • Bremerhaven, Germany
    (Many clients bring in here with final destination within Denmark)
  • Bremerhaven, Germany
    (Many clients bring in here with final destination within Denmark)

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before import to Denmark, the undercarriage of your car 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 to help ensure you comply with this requirement before car import to Denmark. 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 prior to car transport.

Plating Your Vehicle in Denmark

After clearing Danish customs, you will need to get your car registered in Denmark. In order to register your car in Denmark, you will need to present the following documentation:

  • A copy of the customs declaration
  • Proof of ownership of the car (either registration documentation or a sales contract
  • Details about the car’s specifications, such as make and model
  • Proof of valid car insurance
  • A valid driver’s license (you will be able to register your car and drive for up to 6 months using a foreign driver’s license, after which you will need to apply for a Danish driver’s license)

You must register your vehicle with the Danish Motor Vehicle Agency within 30 days of importing it into the country. You can find out more information about registering your car with the Danish Motor Vehicle Agency here. You will be required to pay a registration tax, which can be paid directly at SKAT registry offices.

Other Denmark/US Shipping Options

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