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Asked by Sherry

October 13, 2019 under International Moving

How can I import my antique car from Europe into the US and how much does it cost?

Answered by Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Well, thanks for contacting If you are looking to import your car into the US from another country, you must prepare yourself for paperwork and three-letter acronyms for government departments, because you may need to file forms with the EPA, DOT and CBP. Here are some things you'll need to know to get your vehicle stateside:

  • If your vehicle is less than 25-years-old, it will have to conform to the DOT standards. ThisIt includes safety standards, bumper standards, and theft prevention and EPA requirements.
  • If your vehicle is 25 years old or older (i.e., classic or an antique), then you don't have to comply with DOT and EPA requirements. However, you'll still have to complete some specific paperwork from both agencies that you'll need to provide to the Customs and Border Protection agencies to get your vehicle through U.S customs.

Documents required to import

  • Original bill of lading
  • Bill of sale
  • Registration from the company that is originated from
  • EPA form 3520-1- declaration form
  • Proof of ownership
  • DOT form HS7 showing Safety compliance to import the vehicle

Read our guide Importing a car into the US to get more information!

Cost to import a car to the US

When you're planning to import a car into the US, you'll need to expect to pay around $1000 for shipping and a few hundred more for import duty.

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