Importing a car from Ukraine to the USA can seem difficult and complicated, but CFR Rinkens can help. Below, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know before deciding to import your vehicle.
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Read on below for our Ukraine to US Vehicle Import Checklist, Determining Vehicle Eligibility for Import to the USA, Ukraine to US Car Import Costs & Time Frame, Ukraine to US Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Ukraine, and details on Car Import from Ukraine to USA.
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Ukraine to US Vehicle Import Checklist
Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to the United States.
More information on the process of importing a vehicle to the United States can be found here.
Determining the Eligibility of Your Vehicle for Import to the United States
As you engage in the vehicle import process, some of the most important questions to consider include:
These questions and more will determine eligibility and costs to import the vehicle to the United States, and whether any additional steps are necessary to make your vehicle eligible for import. In some cases, such as temporary import for racing or other purposes, the usual standards may not apply. CFR Rinkens can help you through the process of determining what will be required to import your vehicle.
Conforming vs. Nonconforming Vehicles
Generally, if a vehicle already meets the requirements for import to the United States, it is because that model was originally designed for export and sale in the United States, or was manufactured in the United States for domestic sale. As such, nonconforming vehicles are required to be modified to meet all applicable FMVSS and EPA emissions standards.
Things to Consider
If your vehicle conforms to these standards, it will bear a manufacturer’s label on the engine compartment attesting to its compliance to emissions standards in English, as well as a certification label near the driver’s side door confirming that it complies to safety, bumper and theft prevention standards. You will need to complete EPA form 3520-1 and DOT form HS-7 attesting to your vehicle’s compliance. Additionally, you will need the shipper’s or carrier’s original bill of lading, bill of sale, foreign registration, and other documents covering the vehicle, to be provided to your Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) inspector.
If your vehicle is nonconforming, it may still be eligible for import with modifications by a DOT-registered importer, who modifies the vehicle and certifies that it conforms to all applicable FMVSS and emissions standards. Additionally, the importer must post a bond equivalent to one and a half times the dutiable value of the vehicle (in addition to the normal CBP entry bond). A copy of the bond must be provided with the HS-7 form. The same is applicable for EPA, the list is here: EPA Independent Commercial Importers.
A nonconforming car may be imported from Ukraine to the United States under certain conditions, such as re-importing a previously exported vehicle, importing a vehicle for personal use not exceeding one year, importing a vehicle as a member of foreign armed forces, diplomatic personnel, or other exceptions authorized by the US State Department, bringing a vehicle into the country for testing, demonstration, or competition, or other special circumstances. CFR Rinkens can help you identify if your vehicle falls into one of these categories for car import from Ukraine to USA.
Ukraine to US Car Import Costs & Time Frame
Using a baseline of a compact car being imported from the Port of Odessa to the Port of Miami, our estimate for car import from Ukraine to USA starts at a cost of $650.00 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 4-6 weeks
However, the cost to import a car to United States can vary based on many factors such as the model and make of the vehicle, current location, nearest departure port in the Ukraine, preferred shipping method, availability of selected choices and final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and American taxes & duties.
Duties are levied by Customs and Border Patrol before your vehicle is delivered; if you are staying in United States and the vehicle is imported concurrently with your arrival in the country, you are permitted to import a car for up to 12 months without having to pay duties.
Taxes & Duties for Importing Cars to the United States
Generally, foreign-made vehicles imported for personal use or sale are dutiable at the following rates:
Duty rates are based on price paid or payable, and most Canadian-manufactured vehicles are duty-free. If you are a resident of the United States returning to the country from travel, work, or study abroad, you may apply your $800 CBP exemption, and those of accompanying family members, towards the value of the vehicle under the following circumstances:
To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to the United States, fill out our free quick quote form. We guarantee a response within 24 hours.
Ukraine to US Vehicle Import Options
Car Import from Ukraine to USA can be performed using a shared container, or sole container service.
Roll-On / Roll-Off Car Shipping Service – Best for working vehicles. Cars are driven into a large area in the shipping vessel, similar to a parking garage, and secured for transport. The only added costs are port and customs fees, making this our most budget friendly option for vehicle imports to the US from Ukraine.
Shared Container Service – Multiple vehicles are safely loaded into a fully enclosed 40ft container which will share in the added charges incurred by container shipping. These include terminal handling, trucking and unloading charges, in addition to customs clearance fees. Cars are loaded using our state-of-the-art steel loading racks, allowing us to securely load multiple vehicles into a single enclosed container. Vehicles are protected from the weather and other elements during travel to the US from Ukraine.
You will enjoy the added security and peace of mind of a fully enclosed container but might have a longer wait before your vehicle ships out as the container must reach capacity before shipping.
Full Container Load – Vehicle is loaded into a dedicated container. Enjoy the benefit of a fully enclosed container without the added time of waiting for container capacity. Note that terminal and container handling fees won’t be shared with other car owners. Take advantage of the added security of a fully enclosed container – your vehicle(s) will be loaded by our professional staff using our industry-leading steel loading system that allows us to load multiple vehicles into a single container.
Upon arrival at our warehouse, your vehicle’s condition and complete loading process will be photographed and included in our guaranteed condition report. Your container will be secured after loading and won’t be accessible until its arrival at its final destination. You are welcome to transport other items in your vehicle- Please note however, that all items must be loaded safely, as we are not responsible for any loss or harm of any sort.
Once your car arrives at its destination in the US, our authorized agent will access the container, photograph the car’s arrival condition and unloading process.
Thanks to frequent weekly departures, our enclosed container shipping option is not only more secure, but faster than our Roll-On/Roll-Off Service from Ukraine.
Sourcing Vehicles – We have developed a wide network of car buyers throughout our time in the shipping industry and are ready to help overseas clients with car purchases for a nominal fee.
Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.
Ports Served in the US and Ukraine
Departure Ports – Ukraine
The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car import to the United States, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We import vehicles from the following Ukraine ports:
Destination Ports – United States
We are able to import into any port in the USA, with CFR facilities in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Oakland, and Charleston.
Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage
Before importing your vehicle to the United States, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods.
CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement.
We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.
Driving Your Vehicle in the United States
Before driving your vehicle in the United States, ensure that both you and your vehicle comply with US licensing and registration laws. Requirements differ based on your citizenship status and the length of your stay in the United States.
Your imported vehicle should bear the International Registration Marker, and you may wish to consider acquiring an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you are a foreign national.
Other Ukraine/US Import Options
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Importing a Car from Ukraine to the US
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Cargo Shipping from the US to Ukraine
Cargo Shipping from Ukraine to the US
Moving Household Goods from the US to Ukraine
Moving Household Goods from Ukraine to the US
This information was updated in October 2019. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.