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    #61
    Originally posted by DrJosh View Post
    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.
    So would take a year-and-a-half to get it?

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      #62
      Originally posted by Timeizmoney22 View Post
      So would take a year-and-a-half to get it?

      Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk

      It's sort of like airline tickets, you can save money by booking in advance. If you want the car to go on a ship sooner, you can pay more.

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        #63
        Nice! Quite educating.

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          #64
          Originally posted by Timeizmoney22 View Post
          So would take a year-and-a-half to get it?

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          No. Depending on port it takes a few weeks. I requested a quote based on when I was planning on visiting Europe
          Originally posted by Sonny
          I am a meme for our community.

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            #65
            I thought I would add a few comments from my experience importing a Touring from Belgium:

            This stuff is not that hard. If you get the right shipping company, you just have to fill out a bunch of forms and send them back to the shipping company. I worked with Paul Ahern at ShipOverseas.com. They were the cheapest and Paul led me through every step of the process. The whole trip, Belgium Port to Port of Baltimore was $2000. I saved $1200 by getting the seller to trailer the car to the port in Belgium and by driving the car from Baltimore to Indianapolis.

            If you want more info about where your car and boat are during the shipping process, use MarineTraffic. com. It will tell you where your car is 24 hours a day.

            Get a good Port Escort Service. I used A1 Escort Service in Baltimore. It was only $50 and worth every penny. The port is a huge place and you have to go to several different offices with paperwork that was supplied by ShipOverseas.com. My escort was right with me and showed me every line to stand in and what to do. He also drove me to my car and waited (jumper cables in hand) to make sure all was right. I then followed him out of the port.

            I would do this again. The worst part is buying a car from pictures. Its hard to know exactly what you're getting but it all worked out fine.

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              #66
              Glad it worked out for you! It really isn't hard, and it's even rather fun. Glad IN makes getting a plate easy so you can drive out, as private citizens in MD are forced to trailer it away.

              Did a customs person check your paperwork on port exit, or did the escort hand that over?

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                #67
                Indiana did not make it as easy as I thought. They only gave me a certificate that said I could drive the car: no plate. That was bad because the Port People wanted a plate. Fortunately, I brought a spare plate with me and that's all they wanted.

                I stood in approximately 5 (short) lines to give and receive paperwork with Port people. I don't know what was going on with all of those 5 locations. That was the value of the Escort person. He told me where to stand and what to do with the paperwork.

                There was one final stop, with the car, where I handed a card to someone in a booth at the Port exit. I don't know what the card did, but they let me out.

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                  #68
                  Interesting, would think that only two lines would be required, at the customs office for release, and at the terminal to verify clearance/release cargo. If you have any more info, or evem better, redacted photos of docs, that would be great. Clearly cell phone use/photography is prohibited in some areas, so photos may be impractical.

                  Glad you got it all done quickly, at least based on the escort cost!

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                    #69
                    I'm sorry I can't help with that detail. It was all a blur to me. I'm just glad I had a great Escort Person.

                    I do know I had the Delivery Order and something from Customs when I entered the Port, and didn't have them when I left.

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                      #70
                      This information is gold. Thanks to the poster and contributors! I have a 325iS I want to export from Nigeria. I have experience importing to Nigeria, but finding precise information on what the US buyer has to do if I export to him has been daunting, with shipping websites wanting to charge for even front desk type of information.
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                      1990 325iS
                      1990 318iS (sold)

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