Rotterdam is the most popular destination for car shippers from California and the USA. Whether it is central location in Europe, friendly tax environment or just the biggest European hub, people send their dream cars to this Dutch port. Car shipping to the Netherlands is the most popular EU import by far.

Moving from the United States to the Netherlands can be stressful. You have to pack your belongings. Sometimes you also need to take your car with you.

Are moving to Amsterdam? Are you bringing your classic car to spend holidays in Benelux? Are you taking part in tulips festival? You need someone to help out. Here is what you need to do to have your car shipped to the Netherlands.

Short summary of car shipping to the Netherlands

Cost of car shipping from Los Angeles to the Netherlands starts short of $1000, in a shared container. You need to consider additional costs, e.g. of domestic transport or insurance. Shipping would take somewhere between four and seven weeks. It depends on the vessel schedule and your calendar. Your participation in the process would contribute to the overall success.

Shipping vehicles to the Netherlands starts with choosing destination. Rotterdam is the busiest European port so far.

Car shipping to the Netherlands is a popular option not only for Dutch, but also for practically any other nation in Europe. Thanks to welcoming tax law and great shipping infrastructure, it is a destination that process big part of the EU import.

International vehicle transport to major Dutch cities is fairly easy:

  • Amsterdam,
  • Rotterdam,
  • Hague.

If you want to have your car shipped to other cities, such as

  • Utrecht,
  • Groningen,
  • Eindhoven,
  • Leiden,

you can easily arrange domestic transportation, in case you don’t want to drive the car yourself.

How to start shipping a car from the USA to Netherlands?

There are several options when it comes to overseas car transport.

Are you moving your vehicle from the popular origin, such as New York (or other big city on the East Coast)? Roll on – roll off is an option.

Is the distance greater, for example Houston is a starting point, or even farther, Los Angeles? Shipping in a container or sharing a container is the most popular way.

You may start by reading information provided by Dutch RDW. It is the Netherlands Vehicle Authority. Details of importing a car to Holland can be found here.

Ship your car in a container

Shipping your car in a 20′, 40′ or 45′ container is considered as the most expensive type of moving a vehicle. On the other hand side, sharing a container is a great way to reduce the final price. Final cost would be split among owners of all cars fitted inside.

Although it is possible to fit up to 5 cars in the container, we at Martin Transports avoid unnecessary risk and never recommend such setup. Please fill out the form at the top or bottom of the page, to get a free quote. You’ll discover the most suitable shipping service to the Netherlands.

Ro-Ro car shipping to the Netherlands

Roll on – roll off service is easier to perform, as you don’t have fit the vehicle into the container. You just drive into the vessel and drive out at the destination. These services, however, are available only at the most popular routes.

Cost of shipping a car to Holland

Cost of transportation depends on the selected way of shipping What needs to be included in the final price?

  • freight,
  • documentation fee,
  • any domestic transport to the shipping company,
  • storage,
  • delivery to the port (may be included in the freight price),
  • origin port fees (may be included in the freight price),
  • taxes,
  • additional fees,
  • cleaning (some countries require it, especially for overseas cargo),
  • import processing,
  • duties,
  • customs,
  • destination port fees,
  • logistic service providers fees,
  • optional insurance.

As you see, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Are you looking for value for money while getting low risk solution and good sleep at night? Please make sure you are getting the most information possible from your shipping agent. There are fees that are included in the freight price, while you would have to take care of it when handling the shipping process yourself.

If you are going to ship unusual car to Europe, make sure it complies with strict eco law of European Union.

How much it takes to ship a car from Los Angeles to the Netherlands?

The amount of time it takes to ship a car from the USA to Europe depends on many factors. It usually takes 4-7 weeks from delivery of the car to the shipping agent to have it released in Rotterdam or delivered to your door.

What documents are needed for vehicle shipping?

The necessary documents are listed below:

  • Title (registration documents),
  • Bill of Sale,
  • Copy of your passport,
  • Proof of address in the States.

There are some other documents, such as power of attorney for your shipping agent to represent you and prepare necessary documentation.

What to comply with at the destination in the Netherlands?

There are a few things to be taken care of at the destination. Most important are complying with local tax law and providing import documentation. Do you want to instantly drive the car after relocation? You need to take care of the insurance and proper driving documents, such as international driving license. Sometimes you have to manage custom’s inspection of the container with your vehicle. You need to consider parking or storage costs too.

Prepare to receive your car from the port. Make sure you take with you:

  • vehicle registration or other car documents,
  • spare auto keys,
  • you also need to present your ID.

Remember, you had to leave one set of the car keys with the shipping company.

Get a free quote for car shipping to the Netherlands

Do you want to know the price of the shipment? Please fill out the form below or use contact page. E-mail address and destination are mandatory, but if you share any other information about your vehicle or cargo, it would let us prepare better offer.