Import Car from USA to Spain

Importing a Car from the USA to Spain

Importing Your Car from the USA to Spain? Importing a Car from the USA to Spain starts at a cost of $1,395 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 4-8 weeks, depending on make and model of the vehicle, the nearest departure port in the USA and whether the destination in Spain is on the east or west coast. Below, our 2020 guide will explore everything you need to know about importing a car from the USA to Spain .

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Want more information on car import services to Spain from the USA?

Read on below for our US to Spain Vehicle Import Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Spain Car Import Costs & Time Frame, US to Spain Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Spain, and other details on how to Import Cars from USA to Spain.


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US to Spain Vehicle Import Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to Spain.
  • After you’ve determined that your vehicle is eligible and selected an import option, gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale

    • Car Registration

  • Understand the costs of importing a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when importing your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant Spain State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car import company and preferred import method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Spain
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil
  • If you wish to register your vehicle for road use in Spain, you’ll need to get the vehicle plated

More information on the process of importing a vehicle to Spain can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle import  process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Spain or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months.

  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to Spain. Your actual tax rate is based on these details. 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. Our import agents can assist you every step of the way – we’re always just a phone call away.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to Spain from the USA, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle import to Spain, the vehicle must be declared in Customs.

You’ll need the following documentation:

  • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale
  • Registration Certificate or any equivalent official document

Things to Consider

  • Vehicles imported to Spain must comply with all Spanish legal and technical requirements.
  • Upon receiving temporary Spanish plates, an Inspección Técnica de Vehículos (ITV) must be performed to ensure your vehicle meets Spanish homologation requirements. You can find a list of inspection stations here, but rest assured our agents will be ready to assist you with any questions.
  • Spanish law obliges any user of a motor vehicle to take out a third-party liability insurance policy. You will need proof of Spanish car insurance (Seguro de Vehículos) in order to register your vehicle.

US to Spain Car Import Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Valencia, our estimate to Import Car from USA to Spain starts at a cost of $1,395 USD. However, the cost to import a car to Spain 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 Spain taxes & duties.

An estimated timeframe measures the duration of a port to port service. Typically, importing a vehicle to Spain from the USA will take between 4-8 weeks, depending on your port of departure, arrival and method of service. This is provided all the required documents are submitted to us in a timely manner, the vehicle is prepared to depart and all other vehicles to fill the container have been secured.

Taxes & Duties for Spain Car Imports

Prior to importing a vehicle from US to Spain, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Spanish requirements.

Anyone importing a vehicle to Spain from the US needs to pay certain duties.

If you are importing a vehicle to Spain from the USA, your car will be subject to local customs duties levied by the Spanish government, these include:

  • 10% Import Duty
  • 21% VAT (Value Added Tax) – Paid at Customs.
  • Registration Tax – Based on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions, can range from 0% – 14.75%.

However, in certain circumstances you might be able to gain exemption from paying customs duties and taxes.

  • EU citizens who have resided in the USA for over a year and have been the owners of a vehicle for over 6 months will be granted a one-time opportunity to import their car tax-free.

The amount of taxes and import duties payable when importing a car to Spain 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 Spain, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to Spain Vehicle Import Options

Import Car from USA to Spain can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.


Roll-On/Roll-Off – Our most budget-friendly option! Your vehicle is driven into a cargo area on the transport vessel that resembles a parking garage, where it is secured for safe transport.

Although shipping may take a bit longer, the only added charges are customs clearance and port fees.


Shared Container Service – Enjoy the peace of mind of importing your vehicle in a fully enclosed 40ft container yet share the additional handling charges of container shipping with other vehicles owners. We utilize an industry-leading steel rack loading system which allows us to safely and securely load multiple vehicles into a single container without the use of wooden ramps and nails, which can damage your vehicle.

*While you have the benefit of dividing the terminal handling, trucking, unloading and customs clearance charges, there might be a slight delay before your vehicle ships since the container must be fully loaded before it can ship out. However, you’ll still be enjoying the added safety of importing your vehicle in a fully enclosed container.


Full Container Load – All the benefits of our shared container service, without the wait! Enjoy a shorter wait between departure and arrival as your vehicle will be the sole occupant of the container. However, you will incur additional fees like terminal handling, trucking and unloading charges in addition to customs clearance and port fees. The added benefit of enclosed container shipping can’t be beat, as your vehicle won’t be exposed to the weather and other elements.

Once we receive your vehicle, its condition will be thoroughly documented with photos. We’ll also document the loading process as your vehicle is expertly and securely loaded into our shipping container. We utilize a modern steel loading system which minimizes the chance of damage because it doesn’t use outdated wood ramps and nails. Once loaded and secured, the container door is locked and won’t be opened until it reaches its final destination.

We invite our dedicated container service clients to pack and transport other items inside their vehicle, as it will be secured in a fully enclosed container and locked until it reaches its final destination. However, please make sure all items are securely loaded, as CFR Rinkens won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind. Once your vehicle arrives at its final destination in Spain, our agent will access the container and document the vehicle’s arrival condition and unloading process with photo documentation.

*Container shipping is faster than our roll-on/roll-off service thanks to its frequent weekly departures. Also enjoy the added benefit and peace of mind of importing your vehicle to Spain in a fully enclosed container.

Additional Services


Sourcing Vehicles – With over 20 years’ experience in the import industry, we’ve developed a wide network of car buyers. We can assist overseas clients with vehicle purchases, for a nominal fee. We can also arrange for expedient and convenient shipping of your new car!


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 Spain

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car import to Spain, 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 – Spain

Here are the Spain entry ports that we can import your vehicle to:

  • Alicante

  • Aviles

  • Algeciras

  • Barcelona

  • Bilbao

  • Burgos

  • Cádiz

  • Cartagena

  • Castellón

  • Ferrol

  • Las Palmas

  • Malaga

  • Mallorca

  • Santander

  • Seville

  • Tarragona

  • Tenerife

  • Valencia

  • Vigo

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before importing your vehicle to Spain, 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 Spain

Vehicles imported from the U.S to Spain must be registered. Once your vehicle is cleared through customs, it must be registered at the nearest traffic department, or Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico. You will be issued a temporary license plate.

Required documents for registration:

  • Car Registration & Proof of Ownership
  • VAT and Vehicle Registration Payment Receipt
  • Spanish vehicle insurance (Seguro de Vehículos)
  • Receipt of Payment of Road Tax
  • Vehicle Inspection Certificate
  • Passport
  • Proof of Residency
  • Tax Identification Number (NIE)

Other Spain/US Import Options

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.