Importing a Car or Motorcycle into the US

Many customers find they need to ship their cars or motorcycles abroad through international freight forwarding. Of course this can be done, but there are many precautions to be taken in order to ensure a smooth shipping process. Read through the brief sections below to familiarize yourself with the process of importing a car or motorcycle into the US. Feel free to contact us online, email us, or call us at (305)-371-9943 for any questions we left unanswered.

Preparation and Arrangements

All vehicles are subject to US safety, bumper, and emission standards. If a vehicle conforms to all of those standards it was likely produced for sale in the US, which is unlikely. So be very meticulous when confirming that your vehicle meets those standards.

Importing a Car or Motorcycle into the US

As the owner of the vehicle, you are responsible for making all of the shipping arrangements. You will need to make sure that your shipper and carrier notify you of the arrival date as well. Your vehicle will be cleared at the first port of entry into the United States unless you arrange for us to have it sent in bound to a port that is more convenient for you.

Your vehicle will usually be dutiable at the following percent of price paid or payable:

  • Auto: 2.5%
  • Truck: 25%
  • Motorcycle: Free or 2.4%


Documentation Required

  • Shipper or Carrier’s Original Bill of Lading
  • Bill of Sale
  • Foreign Registration
  • All other documents covering the Vehicle
  • EPA form 3520-1
  • DOT form HS-7
  • Manufacturer’s label on the engine compartment in English

Other Important Facts

Your car should not be used as a container for holding other personal belongings. Special exceptions and considerations will take effect for certain shipments. Visit for all of this information and more, and contact us online, email us, or call us at (305)-371-9943 for guidance with a special shipment.

iContiners USA ships vehicle to the United States from all over the world. To arrange to ship your vehicle overseas with iContainers, find your rate now.

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