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Shipping a car to the USA? Here’s what to know

Interested in shipping a car to the USA? There are a few things you need to know. While the restrictions and requirements may seem intimidating for first-time shippers, CFR staff is here to help make the process as painless as possible.

Import Restrictions:

If the vehicle does not meet these requirements, you may still be able to import your vehicle, however the process may take significantly longer and could be a lot more costly.

Upon Arrival at USA Port of Entry:

Vehicles must be processed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon arrival. Documents needed include:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Bill of Sale
  • Foreign Registration
  • Any other documents covering the vehicle
  • Completed EPA and DOT forms

An $800 CBP exemption can be applied to the value of your vehicle if:

  • You are a returning U.S. resident (Returning from travel, work, or study abroad)
  • The vehicle returns with you and is brought back for personal use
  • Vehicle was acquired during the trip you are returning from

A duty rate of 3% will be applied to the next $1,000 of your vehicle after the $800 exemption has been applied. The remaining value of the vehicle receives the regular duty rate.

Ready to Ship? We’re Ready to Serve You

Joey has spent his entire teen and adult life in cars. Joey's father owned a Jeep store, and Joey had his own used car lot that he ran himself from age 22 until I was 30. At 30 years old, Joey got "out of" the car business and joined CFR Rinkens. Joey started when there were only 9 people at CFR, but the company grew to over 150 employees during his time there. When Joey started, CFR Rinkens was shipping about 40 vehicles per week from Los Angeles. Joey established locations in Houston, Miami, and New York and within the first year, CFR went to shipping 150 cars per week. Joey started as a customer service rep and later moved up to sales manager, operations manager, and marketing manager. Joey then moved to Europe for two years and spent the entire time traveling through Europe meeting with clients. In 2022, Joey and his partners purchased CFR Classic from CFR Rinkens and he returned to California to watch over the operation more closely.

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