U.S. Customs Clearance Process: Documents Required for Shipment from the U.S.

Learning about the U.S. customs clearance process ahead of time ensures an easy, painless shipping plan. The process primarily pertains to titled cargo, i.e. your car, boat, or another vehicle. The exporting compliance checklist mainly consists of documentation.

What You Need to Ship from the U.S.

First and foremost, the U.S. customs clearance process begins with proof of ownership. For automobiles and other vehicles, that requires the original vehicle title. If the car is brand new from the factory and there is no title, then the vehicle needs to be accompanied by the original copy of the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin.

When there’s a lien on the car or boat, you have to supply an original letter, written by the lien holder, stating that they authorize the shipment. The letter should be notarized. You will also need a certified Vehicle Information document from the DMV. Lastly, you need to acquire a copy of the car title from the original lien holder and have it notarized.

It’s necessary to identify the United States Principal Party in Interest, or USPPI, as well. The USPPI is the person who benefits from the export. This comes with a more detailed exporting compliance checklist, which includes:

  • A copy of your passport or Employer Identification Number
  • A bill of sale if the title is not in your name
  • For military service members and DOD civilians, a copy of PCS/Travel Orders and amendments, and a copy of the Vehicle Registration
  • A Power of Attorney authorization giving Trans Global permission to process your automobile shipment
  • For a car that isn’t in your name, a Power of Attorney or authorization originating from the vehicle’s owner that gives authorization for shipment

Let us help you with the U.S. customs clearance process. Reach out to Trans Global Auto Logistics for your shipping needs.

Call Now ButtonCALL US NOW