Requirements Shipping a Car from the USA to The Netherlands

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Ship Car from the US to the Netherlands

Ship a car from the US to the Netherlands with a partner who has overseen safe deliveries worldwide. With over three decades of experience, our vast, global network ensures that your goods and automobiles arrive both quickly and in original condition. We offer customizable shipping arrangements where we work to make each transport fit your timeline.


Export and Import Documentation Requirements

US military service members have different registration and documentation requirements from the military vehicle registration and customs office. For everyone else, you just need your original title, copy of the bill of sale, and passport or EIN for the US’s export requirements.

The Dutch import requirements vary depending on whether the car is being purchased by a European citizen, you are moving or returning to the Netherlands, or the import is temporary. No matter which circumstance applies to you, we are here to help.

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Dutch Imported Vehicle Taxes

Military service members enjoy no taxes or duties. Temporary imports for visit only use for up to six months in the Netherlands do not have to have Dutch registration or taxes. Vehicles as moving goods have a BPM handling tax, but you can apply for an exemption under certain conditions. A VAT of 9% is required for vehicles purchased by European citizens. Reach out so we can determine what duties and taxes could apply to you.

Cost and Transit Times for Shipping Cars from the US to the Netherlands

Additional days are required for customs clearance as well as for loading and unloading the transportation vessel on either side, but the actual transit time from the West Coast is usually 30 days or 15 days from the East Coast. This means the full shipping process will be approximately 30-45 days from the East Coast and 45-60 days from the West Coast. Request a free quote for a cost estimate to ship your car from the US to the Netherlands.

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Dutch Vehicle Import Approval and Registration

While Dutch customs do not require an import approval for vehicles, we recommend contacting the Netherlands’ registration office to confirm your vehicle meets specification requirements, including emissions standards. Inspection and approval will be required with the Dutch Motor Vehicle Authority.

Visits for less than six months allow imported vehicles to be driven with original license plates and registrations, but may require a roadworthy inspection. Imports that are not temporary require BPM declaration and payment unless you had an exemption approved by the Dutch Tax Authority. Once the Tax Service has received your passed import inspection and approved BPM declaration, the RDW will send you registration papers by mail.

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Ports Serviced

You can use any US departure port with Trans Global. We offer door-to-door delivery to the Netherlands, through customs, with common destinations including the Hague, Utrecht, Eindoven, Tilburg, Groningen, Breda, Apeldoorn, and Nijmegen.

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Vehicle Shipping Options for Shipping a Car from the USA to The Netherlands

Unless you need the expensive air freight, you’ll want to choose between our sea shipment options. Roll On Roll Off (RORO) has competitive rates with secure car placement on the floating parking garage vessel. Classic cars do not qualify for RORO, however, so we offer either shared or dedicated container shipping as well. We can go over options with you to see what best fits your needs. No matter how you ship, make sure you follow each requirement when you prepare your vehicle for shipment overseas.

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Ship your car from the US to the Netherlands worry-free with Trans Global Auto Logistics. We offer customizable shipping arrangements where we work to make each transport fit your timeline. If you’re ready to ship your car from the US to the Netherlands, reach out today for your free quote.

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