Importing a Car from the USA to Belgium
Importing a car from the USA to Belgium can seem difficult and complicated, but CFR Rinkens can help. Below, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know before deciding to ship your vehicle.
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Read on below for our US to Belgium Import Shipping Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Belgium Car Import Costs & Time Frame, US to Belgium Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Belgium, and other details on how to Import Car from USA to Belgium.
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US to Belgium Vehicle Import Checklist
Vehicle Import Options
As you engage in the vehicle import process, some of the most important questions to consider include:
These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to Belgium. In Belgium, you only pay VAT on new vehicles declared at Customs.
You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles for import into Belgium.
To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to Belgium, fill out our free quick quote form.
Vehicle Import Approval
Upon arrival of your vehicle import to Belgium, the vehicle must be declared in Customs.
You’ll need the following documentation:
Things to Consider
US to Belgium Car Import Costs & Time Frame
Using a baseline of a compact car being imported using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Antwerpen, our estimate to Import Car from USA to Belgium starts at a cost of $650 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 14 – 28 days.
However, the cost to import a car to Belgium can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your transport method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and Belgian taxes & duties.
Taxes & Duties for Belgian Car Imports
Our Belgium-bound cargo is transported in bond to the Netherlands border, where VAT is cheaper. Once cleared, cargo is delivered to our agent’s warehouse facility in Belgium where it is ready for pickup.
*White glove door delivery is also available, at an additional cost.
The amount of taxes and import duties payable when shipping a car to Belgium from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment. To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to Belgium, fill out our free quick quote form.
US to Belgium Vehicle Import Options
Import Car from USA to Belgium can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.
Roll-on/roll-off – This option tends to be the most cost-efficient, as you only have to pay port charges and customs clearance charges in addition to the shipping cost. Your car is driven into the shipping vessel, which contains a large cargo area built like a parking garage.
Transits tend to be faster than with the shared container service as the containers depart on a weekly basis.
Shared container service – Multiple vehicles are transported in a single 40 ft. container at the same time. More fees are collected than with the roll-on/roll-off shipping option, but these fees are split between the various vehicle owners utilizing the container. These fees include a terminal handling charge, trucking charge, and unloading charges when the vehicle reaches a bonded warehouse, as well as, customs clearance fees.
Although you have the added security of an enclosed container, shipping will occur when there are enough vehicles to fill up the container – there might be a longer wait before your vehicle can be shipped.
Full container load – Similar to the shared container service, except that each 20 ft. container contains a single vehicle. You’ll have the benefit of a shorter wait between departure and arrival but will end up paying more in fees.
Container loading offers a very high level of security, as your vehicle will be fully enclosed. Upon receipt of the vehicle, photos will be taken of the vehicle and loading process, after which, the container door will be locked securely. This ensures the vehicle won’t be accessible to anyone until it arrives safely at the final destination. Upon arrival, an agent will open the container and proceed to photograph and document the unloading process. Since the vehicle remains completely secure during the shipping process, clients may pack and transport other items inside the vehicle, although we advise load all items securely, as we will not be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.
Frequent weekly departures make this a faster shipping method than the roll-on/roll-off service.
We utilize an eco-friendly steel loading system for added security against damage, unlike other companies who use outdated wood ramps.
Sourcing vehicles – Thanks to our extensive network of car buyers, we help overseas clients who wish to purchase vehicles in exchange for a commission or additional 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 Belgium
Departure Ports – United States
The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car transport to Belgium, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.
Destination Ports – Belgium
Here are the Belgian entry ports where your vehicle can be imported.
Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage
Before importing your vehicle to Belgium, 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.
Plating Your Vehicle in Belgium
Vehicles imported to Belgium must be registered with the Vehicle Registration Service (DIV) in order to operate on Belgian roads. To register an imported vehicle, you’ll need the following documentation:
- New Vehicles – Customs clearance forms, a certificate of conformity for the vehicle, and proof of valid insurance coverage by a Belgian insurance company.
- Used Vehicles – Customs clearance forms, previous registration, certificate of conformity for a vehicle without a EU-approval, vehicle-roadworthiness certificate, and proof of valid insurance coverage by a Belgian insurance company.
Once registered with the DIV, you’ll receive a license plate and certificate of registration. You can find more information on the Vehicle Registration Service here.
Other Belgium/US Shipping Options
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Moving Household Goods from the US to Belgium
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This information was updated in September 2018. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.