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France Auto Shipping

Auto shipping to and from France presents unique challenges. There are many complex regulations and logistical challenges that make shipping a car internationally difficult. France is part of the European Union, which has its own regulations on auto shipping on top of the French national regulations.


Port of Le Havre

The port of Le Havre (FRLEH) is a leading port for the trade of foreign container traffic in France. It is located on the southern shore of the English Channel. The port of Le Havre connects much of France’s shipping industry, processing over 70 million tons of cargo annually.

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Routes

The port of Le Havre connects with all major U.S. ports via routes traveling through the English Channel.

Types of Cargo

The port of Le Havre allows for both consolidated loads and RORO cargo. With regards to containers, you have the option of using a 20-foot container (likely containing only your car) or a 40-or 45-foot container (with other cars).

Timeframe

Importing or exporting a vehicle using the port of Le Havre takes anywhere from a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of eight weeks. The time your shipment takes depends on the distance your car needs to travel, the service you choose, and whether you’re importing to or exporting from the U.S.

Security Measures

The port of Le Havre is ISO 28000 certified and has 140 uniformed and armed security agents.

Safety Requirements

You must clean your vehicle’s undercarriage before you ship it to prevent invasive species from traveling across the Atlantic. In addition, vehicles cannot be shipped to France with more than one quarter tank of gas.

Required Paperwork

Auto Import

Below are the documents you’ll need to ship your car from France to the U.S.A.
  • The vehicle’s title
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A Bill of Lading
  • USDOT Form H-7
  • EPA Form 3520-1
  • Either your EIN# (if you are a U.S. resident) or your passport

Auto Export

Below are the documents you’ll need to ship your car to France from the U.S.A.
  • The vehicle’s title
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A copy of the owner’s passport
  • Proof of your address in the U.S. and the address of the receiver in France.
  • A Power of Attorney document (if someone else is representing you)

Port of Marseille Fos

The port of Marseille Fos (FR) is located on the southern shore of France in the Mediterranean Sea. The port of Marseille processes more than 78 million tons of cargo every year, making it France’s largest port by volume and the third-largest in the Mediterranean.

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The port of Marseille typically serves the Mediterranean and Africa. However, it is possible to ship vehicles from the U.S. to Marseille and vice versa via transshipments.

Types of Cargo

The port of Marseille allows for both consolidated loads and RORO cargo. With regards to containers, you have the option of using a 20-foot container (likely containing only your car) or a 40- or 45-foot container (with other cars).

Timeframe

Importing or exporting a vehicle using the port of Marseille-Fos takes longer than Le Havre, around 4-8 weeks. The time your shipment takes depends on the U.S. port you use, whether you’re importing or exporting, and what service you choose.

Security Measures

The port of Marseille is ISO 28000 certified and has 140 uniformed and armed security agents.

Safety Requirements

You must clean your vehicle’s undercarriage before you ship it to prevent invasive species from traveling across the Atlantic. In addition, vehicles cannot be shipped to France with more than one quarter tank of gas.

Required Paperwork

Auto Import

Below are the documents you’ll need to ship your car from France to the U.S.A.
  • The vehicle’s title
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A Bill of Lading
  • USDOT Form H-7
  • EPA Form 3520-1
  • Either your EIN# (if you are a U.S. resident) or your passport

Auto Export

Below are the documents you’ll need to ship your car to France from the U.S.A.
  • The vehicle’s title
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A copy of the owner’s passport
  • Proof of your address in the U.S. and the address of the receiver in France.
  • A Power of Attorney document (if someone else is representing you)

Other French Ports

Using transshipments, we can send your shipment to or from any of France’s major and minor ports. While Le Havre and Marseille Fos are the two major international ports in France, we can forward your shipment to any of the following ports:

Paris

The port of Paris is one of Europe’s largest inland ports. As a river port, the ships that serve this port are smaller and less heavy.

Nantes Saint-Nazaire

The port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire is located in western France. This port has the advantage of supporting RORO shipping, allowing you to roll your car right onto the ship it will travel upon.

Brest

The port of Brest is a designated Port of Entry and the westernmost major port in France.

Lyon

The port of Lyon is located in eastern France, and is serviced by the Rhône river.

Bordeaux

The port of Bordeaux is a major port in southwestern France.

Required Paperwork

Importing

Below are the documents you’ll need to ship your car from France to the U.S.A.
  • The vehicle’s title
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A Bill of Lading
  • USDOT Form H-7
  • EPA Form 3520-1
  • Either your EIN# (if you are a U.S. resident) or your passport

Exporting

Below are the documents you’ll need to ship your car to France from the U.S.A.
  • The vehicle’s title
  • A Bill of Sale
  • A copy of the owner’s passport
  • Proof of your address in the U.S. and the address of the receiver in France.
  • A Power of Attorney document (if someone else is representing you)