Car Shipping from USA to China

Car Shipping from USA to China will be easy with our expert group of shipping specialists on your side. From pickup to customs, our committed team members are prepared to help you though the entire import process. With more than 20 year’s involvement in worldwide shipping, we are ready to make shipping your car from USA to China an efficient, straightforward and secure experience. Read our Car Shipping from USA to China Guide below to learn more about the shipping options we offer, and what documentation you’ll need to import your vehicle to China.

We have several offices in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as locations and warehouses across the US. You’ll be certain to locate a convenient drop-off location near you, or get in touch with one of our agents to arrange for quick pick-up for a nominal fee. If you’re ready to get started with shipping your car from USA to China, request a free online estimate. We offer various car shipping options from USA to China, including Roll-On/Roll-Off car shipping in addition to shared and dedicated enclosed container shipping.

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Los Angeles, Miami and New York.


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China Car Shipping GuideThe China Car Shipping Guide below discusses car shipping to China from the USA. For general information and to view common questions about shipping a vehicle, visit our worldwide vehicle shipping page.

Car Shipping Guide: Car Shipping from USA to China

Where do we ship to?

We ship vehicles to the following ports in China:

  • Beihai
  • Dalian
  • Dandong
  • Fuzhou
  • Guangzhou
  • Haikou
  • Hankou
  • Huangpu
  • Jiujiang
  • Lianyungang
  • Nanjing
  • Nantong
  • Ningbo
  • Qingdao
  • Qinhuangdao
  • Rizhao
  • Sanya
  • Shanghai
  • Shantou
  • Shenzhen
  • Tianjin
  • Weihai
  • Wenzhou
  • Xiamen
  • Yangzhou
  • Yantai
  • Zhanjiang
What are the Car Shipping Costs to China?

The final cost for importing your vehicle to China will differ, contingent upon an assortment of factors. These include where you’re delivering your auto from, your destination, and also your vehicle’s make, model and other specifications. Car shipping costs to China may also include additional taxes and dues. Get a free online quote for a better idea of the cost for car shipping from USA to China. Questions? We are always only a call away at 1-888-886-6683.

CFR Rinkens Car Shipping from USA to ChinaHow do costs vary based on the method of shipping to China?

Roll-on/roll-off – Best for working vehicles, as your auto will be driven onto the delivery vessel and secured for transport in a huge freight zone, similar to a parking structure. The main added expenses are customs clearance charges and taxes, making this our most budget-friendly alternative.

Shared container service – Several vehicles are stacked together in one 40 ft. container utilizing our industry-leading steel loading system. Although there are extra charges compared with our Roll-On/Roll-Off service, you’ll share the additional expenses of delivery in a safe encased freight container with other vehicle proprietors. Additional expenses include: Trucking and unloading charges, terminal handling fees, as well as customs clearance charges.

*You may encounter a longer hold up before your auto ships out, since the container must reach capacity before shipping. Although there might be a longer wait, you’ll have the additional security of transporting your vehicle in a completely encased container.

Full container load – Like our shared container service, your vehicle will be transported in a completely encased 20 ft container dedicated exclusively to your auto. You’ll have the benefit of not waiting for the container to reach capacity before shipment, but won’t share the additional expenses of terminal handling, and added unloading charges with other vehicle owners. There are many benefits that outweigh the added cost of container shipping, including added security and protection from the weather thanks to the fully enclosed and secured container.

Our transportation professional will record your vehicle’s condition upon arrival – including the loading process into the container – with photograph documentation which will be accessible online for your benefit. We use an industry-leading steel stacking system that doesn’t depend on obsolete wood and nails, lessening the risk of harm to your car.

After your auto is loaded and secured, the container door will be locked and its contents won’t be accessible to anybody until its landing in the final destination. Your vehicle will be secured in a completely encased container, we welcome you to pack and transport extra things inside the vehicle. Nonetheless, please ensure everything is secured safely, as we won’t be in charge of damages or loss of any sort. Once your vehicle touches base at its final destination in China, the container will be opened by our operators, who will record the vehicle’s condition and unloading process with photograph documentation.

*In contrast with our Roll-On/Roll-Off Service, container transportation will be more practical, thanks to our frequent weekly departures.

Things to Consider: Car Shipping from USA to China

Importing a vehicle for personal use in China is possible, but all requirements must be met. Only legal residents of China are permitted to import vehicles. Business or tourist visa holders won’t be able to import a car, only “Z” visas, or permanent residence cards, are allowed to import a vehicle. Also, the PSB (Public Security Bureau) and visa authorities must have granted the resident “foreign expert status”.

Returning Chinese residents are permitted to import their vehicle but must be returning ambassadors or receive an import permit.

Documentation Needed
  • Engine & Chassis numbers, VIN Number and Vehicle description
  • Import Permit – China Customs approval, received prior to importation
  • Purchase Invoice
  • Original Title & Registration
  • License Plate
  • Passport & Visa

Please note: Used and refurbished auto parts aren’t allowed as imports to China. Used cars may be imported, but restrictions will apply. Prohibited items also include: Motorcycles, diesel engine vehicles, and right hand drive cars.

Taxes and Duties

VAT, import duties, and sales tax are all required and will vary depending on the value of your vehicle. A first-time car registration fee will also be applied.

Steps when Car Shipping from USA to China

We recommend you verify your vehicle’s compliance with exhaust and noise emissions standards before shipping your car to China. You are required to demonstrate your vehicle is compliant with the measures in the Air Pollution Control (Vehicle Design Standards) (Emission) Regulation and Noise Control (Motor Vehicles) Regulation.

  1. Get in touch with our experienced shipping specialists to request a quote. You can arrange for convenient pickup of your vehicle, or drop off at one of our warehouse locations throughout the US.
  2. Our operators will work with you gather all necessary documentation. Shipping times will vary depending on your chosen method of shipping.
  3. Customs Declaration – Must be made within 14 days of importation. Also, within 30 days of your vehicle’s import, an Import Return (Form No.: CED336) along with a Declaration Form (Form No.: CED336A) must be submitted to the Customs and Excise Department or through the Motor Vehicles First Registration Tax System website.
  4. Upon submission of the Import Return, the Customs and Excise Department will issue a “Notification of Motor Vehicle Provisional Taxable Value”, which you’ll need for vehicle registration in the Transport Department.
  5. Before registering your vehicle, arrange for vehicle examination at a Vehicle Examination Centre. You’ll need an approval letter issued by the Environmental Protection Department demonstrating compliance with emissions standards and pay the appropriate vehicle examination fee.
    Some vehicles may be exempt from compliance with emissions standards. We recommend you verify requirements for imported vehicles provided by the Hong Kong Transport Department.
  6. To register your vehicle, you’ll need to submit an application form along with required documentation. Upon verification of your documents, you’re required to pay first registration tax, along with the registration fee for your vehicle and pay a vehicle license fee and Traffic Accident Victim Assistance Fund levies to license your vehicle.

For the latest regulations, please refer to the HK Transport Department Guidelines for Importation and Registration of Motor Vehicles or Vehicle Import Procedures. Import rules can and do change often.

Additional Services for Car Shipping from USA to China

Escrow services – Take the guesswork out of the car buying process. We make car buying safe and secure by collecting payment from the buyer, verifying all documentation is order, and confirming the vehicle’s condition before issuing the payment to the seller.

Sourcing vehicles – Put our many years of experience in the auto shipping industry to work for you! Our extensive network of auto buyers is ready to help customers abroad purchasing vehicles, for a nominal fee.

Ready to get started? Request a free online quote for car shipping from USA to China.

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Car shipping from the USA to China may seem difficult, but CFR’s delivery experts will be there to assist through the entire process. If you’re ready to begin, get in touch with us today, request a free online estimate or give us a call at 1-888-886-6683.
If you need additional information for vehicle shipping overseas, we’ve prepared these convenient online vehicle shipping guides with info specific to each country, including steps when shipping your vehicle overseas, as well as customs and vehicle homologation info.
Don’t see the country you’re looking for? We work with shipping agents all over the world and can assist you with all your worldwide vehicle shipping needs. Request a quote above, or give us a call at 1-888-886-6683.


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