Import Car from USA to Sweden

Importing a Car from the USA to Sweden

Importing Your Car from the USA to Sweden? Importing a Car from the USA to Sweden starts at a cost of $1,295 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 21 days, depending on make and model of the vehicle, the nearest departure port in the USA and whether the destination in Sweden 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 Sweden.

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


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US to Sweden Vehicle Import Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to Sweden.
  • Once you’ve identified the standards your vehicle must meet, 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 Sweden 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 Sweden
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle is clean and free of biosecurity concerns – vehicles imported to Sweden must meet biosecurity requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases.

More information on the process of importing a vehicle to Sweden 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 Sweden or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for over 12 months.

  • Whether the car is older than 20 years.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to Sweden. You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as classic cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles.

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

Vehicle Import Approval

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

You’ll need the following documentation:

  • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale / Car Registration
  • Declaration of Use to Customs, Vehicle Tax Declaration

Things to Consider

  • Verification of origin application – Includes signed application, registration certificate, proof of customs clearance and sales document or receipt. This application can be filled out online, printed and submitted along with your documentation, or downloaded here. There is an application fee for verification of origin, registration inspection and technical identity verification.
  • You must attain transfer insurance or vehicle liability insurance for your car to import a vehicle to Sweden from the United States. It may be a temporary insurance issued in the US, or through a Swedish insurance company.

US to Sweden Car Import Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped and loaded into our weekly consolidated container from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Stockholm, our estimate to Import a Car from USA to Sweden starts at a cost of $1,295.00 USD, with an estimated turnaround time of 21 days.

However, the cost to ship a car to Sweden 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 import 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 Swedish taxes & duties.

Taxes & Duties for Car Imports from USA to Sweden

Prior to importing a vehicle from US to Sweden, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Swedish requirements. Your actual tax rate is based on these details.

  • Value Added Tax – New Vehicles Only
  • Vehicle Tax – Details received once your registration with the Swedish Transportation Agency is activated

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

US to Sweden Vehicle Import Options

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


Roll-On/Roll-Off – Your car is loaded into a parking-like cargo area on the shipping vessel, where it is secured for transport. This is our most economical option, as the only added fees are customs clearance and port charges. This method is suitable for importing and handling bulkier vehicles like work trucks.


Shared Container Service – Take advantage of our consolidated container shipping! Your vehicle will be securely loaded into a fully enclosed 40ft container with other vehicles. Although there are additional fees when compared to our roll-on/roll-off service, these are shared between the vehicle owners using the containers. Included in the charges are a terminal handling charge, trucking and unloading charges, and customs clearance fees.

*Although you have the advantage of sharing the additional handling charges, you might have a longer wait before your vehicle departs – the container must be fully loaded before it ships out. On the other hand, you’ll have the added security of importing in a fully enclosed container.


Full Container Load – Just like our shared container service, you’ll have the peace of mind of a fully enclosed container, but this one is dedicated solely to your vehicle. Since departure isn’t dependent on other cars, you’ll have a shorter wait between departure and arrival. This benefit comes at a cost, as you’ll end up paying more in fees.

Enclosed container import is more secure, since your vehicle isn’t exposed to the weather and other elements. Upon arrival at our terminal, your vehicle’s condition and loading process will be documented with photos. All our containers utilize a modern steel loading system that minimizes the risk of damage, as it doesn’t use outdated wood ramps and nails. Not only is this system more secure, but also environmentally friendly.

After your vehicle is loaded and secured, the container door is locked, ensuring no one will gain access to your vehicle prior to reaching its final destination. Since your vehicle will be in a fully enclosed and secured container, you’re welcome to pack and transport other items inside your car. However, all items must be loaded securely, as we won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Upon arrival to Sweden, the container will be accessed by our agent and the vehicle’s condition and unloading process will be fully documented with photographs. As opposed to our roll-on/roll-off service, container import is faster due to frequent departures each week.

Additional Services


Sourcing Vehicles – Take advantage of our wide network of car buyers developed in our nearly thirty years in the auto import  industry. For a nominal fee or commission, we help overseas clients purchasing vehicles.


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 Sweden

Departure Ports – United States

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

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

  • Malmö

  • Karlshamn

  • Karlskrona

  • Lödöse

  • Gothenburg

  • Oskarshamn

  • Smygehuk

  • Värtahamnen

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before importing your vehicle to Sweden, 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 Sweden

For temporary registration after importing your vehicle to Sweden, you must register for road traffic insurance with a Swedish insurance company. When importing a car from the US, temporary registration means the use of the vehicle is restricted. Upon registration inspection approval, your vehicle will be registered in the Swedish Traffic Registry. Your vehicle will be allocated a registration number automatically – registration certificate as well as plates will be sent to your permanent Swedish address.

Once you receive your registration certificate and plates, you’ll be able to activate the registration with the Swedish Transportation Agency. Upon activation, you will receive information for payment of vehicle tax. You can read more on the whole import process at the Swedish Transportation Agency website. Our import experts are ready to answer any questions about car imports from USA to Sweden you may have!

To obtain an estimate of the cost for importing vehicles from USA to Sweden and other services, fill out our free quick quote form.

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