We provide reliable vehicle logistics when shipping your vehicles overseas from the United States. Typically we ship cars using shipping containers placed on ocean vessels. Cars are safely collected using open or enclosed car carriers, and transported to a loading facility where they are securely loaded inside a shipping container by an experienced team. This is the safest and most reliable way to ship new and used vehicles, including classic cars, exotics and race cars from the United States.

Cars are loaded into shipping containers, which are then trucked to the port and placed on an ocean vessel. Transit times vary anywhere from 7 days on the water, towards up to 60 days depending on the destination. Use our shipping calculator above to get an estimated rate on collection, loading, and shipping, along with  transit times, to move your car overseas.

How much does it cost to ship a car overseas?

  • The typical cost to ship a car can range from $900 to over $2,000 per car, depending on the overseas destination
  • Overseas destination charges for cars range around $500 to $800 per car and are not included in the shipping cost
  • Shipping insurance is always optional


Once your car arrives overseas, it must first be accepted by one of our agents at the destination port. The agent will arrange to truck the container from the port to their facility where the car is safely unloaded. Destination charges are approximately $550 for each car, depending on the destination and services provided. While we recommend certain overseas agents, you can use your own agent at the destination.

The agent can help clear import customs and any modifications required for the vehicle to be eligible for road use.  They can also provide guidance on temporary insurance and registration.



Requirements for Shipping a Car Overseas

Each country or port may require other documents, but the list below are the most common requirements when you transport your car internationally. Your SCL representative will inform you if you need additional documentation. Exporting your car from the USA should be simple, as you likely have many of these listed items on hand with your vehicle.

Your Keys

When receiving the vehicle we will need to keep your keys with us. The keys are necessary to operate the vehicle and complete the loading. As you receive the vehicle, your keys are given back to you.

Title and Registration

The original title is necessary for shipping a car overseas. It is needed to get your car in and out of the ports. If you would like, you can make copies of your title to hold onto during shipping. The originals will be returned to you once you receive the car at its destination.

A registration is only necessary if a car is being driven to the port, and this is not a requirement to export the vehicle.

Creditor/Lessor notarized statement 

If the automobile is currently financed or under a lease, a notarized statement is required stating that the creditor/lessor is aware of the vehicle shipment and they give you permission to export the car. We will also need notarized copies of the title and the letter of release. Not all ports will allow car exports if the car is on a lien. 

Photo ID

You (or a designated person) will need identification to pick up the car. If you do not have a US passport, you need an EIN number instead. The EINs protect US citizens’ social security numbers and take approximately 5 min to obtain. IDs are not necessary at the beginning, but have to be in before the car ships overseas. For foreign passports, we only need a copy to export the vehicle.

Country Specific Car Export Requirements

It is important to work with Schumacher representatives for country specific requirements for shipping cars overseas. For some countries you can only export used cars over a certain age. On the other hand, some countries do not allow any used car exports into their country and must be younger than a certain age. With our help, you’ll be able to confidently navigate these country specific requirements.