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    #46
    Sometimes you'll go to get your car only to discover it can't be picked up the same day/is being inspected/your shipper can't release it yet. Just plan for 2 visits but know only one is needed. All that is moot if you pay someone else to handle the process.

    $1300 is okay to CA, depends on what that price includes.

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      #47
      1300 is reasonable, paid that much to get mine across the US.


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        #48
        Originally posted by djjerme View Post
        1300 is reasonable, paid that much to get mine across the US.


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        That's from Spain to Baltimore not CA.


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          #49
          I'm very, very grateful for this post! Will be importing my first car this summer (old Land Rover) and this info makes it a lot less daunting.

          I do have a question : I'm a US citizen and so I do have a US passport but have always lived in Belgium. We have a US address off course, just worried this might make things a bit more complicated when importing the vehicle?

          I already checked the VT DMV and non VT residents can register cars there, I do have family living in VT who could always register the car on my behalf
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            #50
            DIY: How to Import an E30 Touring

            Just got a quote from Hoégh and I was elated! $500 USD, plus 91.77€... from Spain to Baltimore!

            What do you think?

            I'll be shipping the car in the next few months!


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            Last edited by BimmerDocA7X; 10-21-2018, 09:24 PM.

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              #51
              Anyone have experience shipping a car from the states to Germany? Looking for a basic outline of requirements (i.e. documentation etc..) and suggestions on carriers/brokers.

              Thanks!

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                #52
                Anyone have experience shipping a car from the states to Germany? Looking for a basic outline of requirements (i.e. documentation etc..) and suggestions on carriers/brokers.

                Thanks!

                form.follows.function IG @mplfoster

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by MPLFoster View Post
                  Anyone have experience shipping a car from the states to Germany? Looking for a basic outline of requirements (i.e. documentation etc..) and suggestions on carriers/brokers.

                  Thanks!
                  Did you get any info on this process?

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                    #54
                    Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post
                    Did you get any info on this process?
                    Not from any outside sources, no. I found a company that does all kinds of domestic and international transporting (https://interfracht.de/) who would arrange transport from door to door for around 2700 euros. Which from what ive seen is average pricing. They say they will handle all the paperwork and get it through customs in about a week after it arrives at the port in the Netherlands and then would truck it down to freiburg and drop it at a location of my choosing. As far as any details on the actual process, i have none. Just give dem da monies and wait for mah car.

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                      #55
                      My father imported his 240Z when he moved to Germany in the early 2000's. He rented out a cargo container, which he put the car in, and other stuff he took with when he moved.

                      I don't recall any major difficulties. Laws in Germany are usually pretty clear cut and simple to follow.

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                        #56
                        Since its a good resource, I stuck it to the top. That said, lets try our best to keep the chatter to a limit and relevant to importing a Touring into the US.
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                          #57
                          For future reference, these shipping costs were posted in one of ovide's FS threads on 12/17/18:

                          Transport to the European port €250
                          RoRo transportation by NMT €800
                          Export documentation €80
                          Customs documentation €50
                          Pre-cleaning of car €20
                          Handling charge in Europe €150
                          Customs Importer €65
                          Handling charge in the USA €85
                          Security Filing Customs Clearance (ISF) €130
                          Customs Harbor Maintenance €15
                          Customs Bond €200
                          Customs duty (import fees) €300

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                            #58
                            I'm currently looking at importing a car of similar size to an E30 Touring.

                            I recently recived a quote from Hoegh Autoliners (RoRo) for Bremerhaven Germany to Baltimore USA approx 1 year out.

                            Bremerhaven to Baltimore

                            Ocean: USD275,- /unit

                            BAF: USD74,- per unit

                            BL Fee: EUR50,- per Bill of Lading

                            AMS Fee: EUR25,- per Bill of Lading

                            Excl. local charges in POL and POD.

                            Also interested in broker info if anyone cares to share.
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                              #59
                              Any California Touring owners out there? I understand its probably not worth it but I am curious of anyone that's done it.

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                                #60
                                Yep, what's your question? I did not handle the actual importation of my car into the country, it was already registered in Texas.

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