Transporting a Classic or Antique Car to Europe from the United States

Transporting a Classic or Antique Car to Europe from the United States

Shippers looking to transport their antique, vintage, or classic cars overseas can do so for an affordable price with a reliable international shipping company like K International Transport. Vintage cars are often expensive, fragile, and meaningful to their owners. K International Transport can ship them safely and efficiently to ports in Europe, including:

  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Livorno, Italy
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Le Havre, France
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • And more!

With K International Transport’s international automobile shipping services, we can help shippers make the right decisions when shipping their vehicle/car/automobile overseas.

parked green car
parked green car. Photo by Markus Spiske @markusspiske

Shippers who have transported automobiles overseas before will feel right at home with overseas car transport services for vintage and classic cars. The process is virtually the same, although there are special considerations for vintage autos. However, even those who have never shipped cars overseas before can rest assured that K International Transport will assist with the shipment until it arrives in a European port overseas.

Getting Started with The International Vehicle Shipping Process

The first step when shipping automobiles is preparing the necessary documents for international shipping. Shippers will need to provide the original title of the car or cars, their full name, their address overseas and in the United States, photo identification, the consignee’s information, proof of the commercial value of the automobile, the dimensions of the automobile, and a signed power of attorney form to allow the freight forwarding company to legally manage the shipment. In addition to these items, prepayment in full is required before the shipping process can commence. Please note that customs clearance in the foreign country may have some additional requirements for the automobile, such as cleaning and engine specifications. However, K International Transport will work with you to meet those requirements. Finally, K International Transport will ask you for your desired shipment schedule and the car’s location in the United States.

teal Volkswagen beetle car
teal Volkswagen beetle car. Photo by Bruna Soares @soaresbrubs

Antique & Vintage Car Overseas Shipping Options

Next, K International Transport will help you determine whether container shipping or Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) shipping is right for your automobile. Typically, vintage, antique, and classic cars are shipped in containers. With this option, shippers can also transport other small goods in the 20-, 40-, or 45-foot container alongside the automobile. However, if the automobile is self-propelled and can be driven onto the vessel, RO/RO is also an option. RO/RO is efficient and can be cheaper than container shipping because the loading and unloading process consists only of driving the automobile onto the vessel. With either option, the car will be well protected from the elements and damage. If shippers are worried about their automobile during the course of the overseas shipment, K International can offer shipping insurance to protect the automobile. Clients can discuss and negotiate different types of insurance and coverage options with K International Transport. All in all, with the probable reliance on container shipping, the need for antique car shipping insurance, and other tariffs and costs that can apply to a classic vehicle, transporting vintage and antique automobiles can be a bit pricey. However, clients can rest assured that a reliable and qualified company like K International Transport can offer the best deals and service for transporting automobiles of all makes, models, and years overseas.

What to Do on The Day Of Shipping

Finally, on the day of the shipment, shippers can transport the automobile themselves to the port in the United States or opt for inland trucking and transportation services. With these services, K International Transport can arrange for a reliable inland trucking company to pick up the automobile and transport it to the port so that the shipper does not have to. The automobile will then be shipped from a port in the United States, which includes those in New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, or any other available port, via roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) or container services. The international shipping services by the freight forwarder will take care of the rest, including export formalities and customs clearance when the vehicle arrives at a port in Europe.

assorted shipping container lot near body of water
assorted shipping container lot near body of water. Photo by Jerome Monta @diamondmnt

International Car Shipping with The Best Overseas Transport Company

As a leading international shipping company, K International Transport can provide cost-effective and reliable international shipping services from the United States to virtually all European ports, and broadly to most parts of the world. K International Transport loves to ship vintage, classic, and antique vehicles/automobiles/cars via container. For more information, call us at 212-267-6400 or send us an email at You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. For an international shipping rate, visit our rate request page for a preliminary shipping quote.