ShipMyCar Car Shipping Specialists Car Shipping Specialists ShipMyCar Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:35:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Qatar Diplomatic Ties Cut – Shipping Consequences Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:22:24 +0000 Read More]]> The recent events in Qatar are affecting some of our service routes due to shipping lines not taking bookings for routes that previously transship at Jebel Ali, Dubai.

A below correspondence from Maersk Line explains their situation

Please be advised that as of yesterday 5th June 2017, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and
today 6th June 2017, Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Consequently, DP World Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi Terminals no longer accept cargo to/from Qatar
ports (including transshipment cargo). In compliance with the above guidelines we are ceasing
cargo acceptance between Qatar and the above countries with immediate effect.

Further to above, we have temporarily closed bookings for cargo from rest of the world that
transship over Jebel Ali. We are working on alternative solutions to ensure movement of your
cargo in compliance with above guidelines. We expect to communicate these solutions to you over
the coming 48 hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your local sales or customer service
representative. You will find contact details of our local offices on

We are monitoring the situation for all car shipments to/from Qatar and will contact you directly should you be shipping a car with us that may be affected

ToR01 to replace the C104A Form Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:44:46 +0000 Read More]]> As of 1st April 2017 all importers moving to the UK intending to request relief under Transfer of Residence (UK ONLY – Cannot use for people moving goods into Europe) must now use the new application form which is a form that is completed online and then printed off and signed.

The new form is called the ToR01 and replaces:

  • Import and Export: bringing personal belongings to UK from outside the European Community (C3)
  • Import and Export: bringing your pet to the UK from outside the EC (C5)
  • Import and export: import of private motor vehicle from outside the EC (C104A)
  • Import and export: import of private vessel from outside the EC (C104A Vessels)

You can bring in your belongings or vehicle free of duty and tax so long as you:

  • are moving your normal home to the EC
  • have had your normal home outside the EC for a continuous period of at least 12 months
  • have possessed and used them for at least 6 months outside the EC before they are imported
  • did not get them under a duty/tax free scheme
  • will keep them for your personal use
  • do not sell, lend, hire out or otherwise dispose of them in the EC within 12 months of importation, unless you notify us first and pay duty and VAT on disposal.

Belongings include clothing, furniture, portable tools of trade, pets and other household and personal effects, but not alcoholic drinks or tobacco products: you will not get relief on those unless they travel in with you and qualify for the duty-free allowances


Importing a classic car from the USA to UK Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:42:54 +0000 Read More]]> 3292829-1965-ford-mustang-stdIn this article we will price up a car from the USA to purchase, ship to the UK and then register ready to drive. We will use an example of a 1965 Mustang that is currently for sale at Beverley Hills Car Club ( – we have assisted many clients over the years from BHCC and have always been exactly as described and the guys there are a pleasure to do business with.

There are of course other places to source your classic car, for example (click USA site when asked) and

The vehicle we are using in this example is listed at $16,750 which at today’s rather poor exchange rate of $1.22/£ is coming in at £13,730 – so first let’s discuss how you can save some money on transferring the payment to the US seller.

Car Shipping Quote
This is where we come in, we have spent many years developing our Instant Car Shipping Calculator – it will price up all US transport, customs, shipping, marine insurance, unloading, UK taxes and duty, testing and registration and works for all makes/models of vehicles from classics to brand new vehicles.

Try it out here: Car Shipping Quote


Calculates transport to port

import modifications uk

Examples shown of modifications needed

Car Shipping Quote

Full breakdown of all costs shown

Paying for the car
Before paying for the car we always recommend doing some basic checks to minimise the likelihood of fraud, buying from a reputable and recommended dealer such as Beverley Hills Car Club is strongly recommended but make sure you keep yourself safe by taking into account the following: Avoid Car Shipping Fraud

The main aim of transferring funds is to get the best possible exchange rate as a small fluctuation in rates can make a big difference in how much you have to pay, the banks will give you one rate but using a broker can save a lot of money and even make the transfer to the USA quicker. We recommend TorFX who save around 4% over the banks which means around a £600 saving on our example Mustang purchase. Contact TorFX here: TorFX for Car Payment

Instructing us to proceed
We have developed a fully online Client Portal area that can be accessed here once you have received a quotation from us: ShipMyCar Client Portal

This is a secure area where you can accept the quotation from us and complete our short application form online, we take 75% upfront and remainder on completion

What next?
car shipping checklistOnce you have made your booking with us, our experienced team get straight to work on securing the collection from the seller and making the booking at the port ready to receive your vehicle.

Your Client Portal will be immediately updated with a checklist where you can see all the documents that we require and a handy upload facility to upload the required documents directly to us

Your Client Portal is the main point of all updates, anything that happens along the way we add to your Client Portal, you can see photos of the car, online container tracking and more all in here as well as the authorise any works later along the process which we will discuss shortly.

The upload facility allows you to review all required documents and upload them directly from a computer or even directly from a smartphone.

Tracking your Car
Many container providers allow us to track the container in real-time, if this is activated for your container then you will be able to watch it travelling to the UK in real-time through the Client Portal, if not we will provide tracking to follow the vessel itself on a third-party website


UK Arrival
On arrival to the UK we will provide you with the exact amounts that customs will require (if applicable) for customs clearance. As you would have already had an estimate of these on your original quote they should not come as much of a shock and for our example 1965 Mustang they will be 5% of vehicle value.

You will have the amounts required emailed to you, and also made available to review in your Client Portal. We provide you with HMRC bank details and a reference number for you to simply transfer the funds to them through online banking.

In our example case it would be 5% of $16,750 converted to UK pounds sterling at HMRC’s current exchange rate so around £650 in this case

Collection / Workshop
Once customs have given the OK for collection of the container it will be moved to our warehouse in Milton Keynes for unloading and if applicable (and most popular) into our huge workshop for full UK testing and registration service

In this example we have opted for our full import package, on arrival our team will check the vehicle in and notify you if any damage has occurred and how we plan to rectify this in the very rare case that it has happened

Our technicians then carry out the appropriate modifications to your vehicle in order to pass the relevant UK IVA / MOT test requirements. In this case, the car is a 1965 model and so it will just need new headlights with clear sidelights and then for an MOT to be carried out. All of which would have been outlined and priced in your instant quote you had originally received

What if it fails testing
MOT Test Milton KeynesLet’s say the Mustang failed on a few items, not to worry, our team our very experienced in working on all imported vehicles from classics to modern day supercars. We will price up any repairs required, list them in your Client Portal and you can simply authorise them with a click of the mouse. This then get our office into action to order the required parts ready to be fitted.

Our technicians will take photos of the issues which will be view-able in your Client Portal

We can carry out all kinds of remedial work from simple MOT failures such as worn brake pads through to welding / engine rebuilds. No work is carried out without first explaining the issue to you and quoting clearly for the work required.

Further information no our workshop can be found here: Milton Keynes Workshop

DVLA Registration and Final Costings

We then register the vehicle for you, print the number plates (in this case on classic black / silver plates) and fit them to your vehicle. Any optional upgrades you requested will be carried out prior to collection such as servicing, tracker / alarm installation or valeting.

The DVLA will assign an age related number plate unless you purchase a private number plate – Buy Private Number Plate Online

So how much did the whole process cost? Let’s take a look:

Cost of Vehicle £13730.00
Shipping Costs (ShipMyCar) £1579.59
UK Import VAT £650.00
UK Testing & Registration (ShipMyCar) £970.00
Total on the road price £16929.59

So all in the car cost you less than £17,000 – and that is an all inclusive turn-key shipment where you did not have to lift a finger (apart from to click the mouse). That included the cost of the car, all the US transport, shipping, marine insurance, unloading, UK taxes, testing, registration – the whole lot

Even though the UK’s decision to leave the EU has hurt the value of Sterling, you can see that there are still some great cars out there and bringing them over to the UK is still a very cost effective way of owning the car of your dreams. Please try our instant quote system today at Car Shipping Quote

Car Shipping Guides Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:06:25 +0000 Read More]]> We have recently updated our information page to provide clear information on what to expect when exporting your car from many popular locations ready for import into the UK

The guides can be viewed here: Shipping a Car to the UK Guides

Of course you can always use our unique car shipping calulator which gives you an instant breakdown of all costs to involve in regards to the shipping, testing and registration of your car here: Car shipping quote calculator

ShipMyCar Shipping Network Expansion Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:54:33 +0000 Read More]]> ShipMyCar now have extended their offering of routes on their unique Instant Car Shipping Quote facility.


Using the instant quote system is simple, all you have to do is visit, enter the details of the car you are looking to ship and then answer a few questions that help the system accurately determine all the costs involved with your requirements

The system will then instantly display all shipping costs, taxes, duties, testing, registration and more

The ShipMyCar Shipping Network now extends to:

Australia – Melbourne, Sydney
USA – LA, New York, Houston, Savannah
Canada – Toronto, Vancouver
Dubai – Jebel Ali
Hong Kong
Japan – Hiroshima, Yokohama, Osaka
New Zealand – Auckland, Christchurch
Qatar – Doha
Saudi Arabia – Jeddah
South Africa – Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth

Shipping your car from South Africa Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:33:48 +0000 Read More]]> We have been very busy recently shipping cars from South Africa to the UK, so much so that we can now offer significantly reduced car shipping rates from the ports of Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth

Shipping a car from South Africa with ShipMyCar is a very straightforward process, out local agents in South Africa can assist getting the vehicle ready for export and then we ensure the car is shipped fully insured and containerised here to the UK.

Once you vehicle lands in the UK we can then also provide all the necessary IVA / MOT / DVLA processes as part of an all inclusive car import package meaning you can literally drive the vehicle away from our workshops once registered

Our instant quote system allows you to instantly price up everything including testing, import VAT / duty and more, plus it works for all makes & models of vehicles

One of the most popular cars to ship from South Africa are 1970’s Ford Escorts, which come under the BTI tariff so just 5% import VAT – so if you are looking at importing a classic car to the UK or any other car from South Africa please be sure to try our unique quote system here: car shipping quote or by calling us on 01908 887917

Shipping a Car from Australia to UK Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:02:41 +0000 Read More]]> We are pleased to announce we now have Australia to UK as one of our routes that we can provide instant quotes for. Our Car Shipping Calculator gives instant prices not only for the car shipping costs of getting the vehicle from Australia to the UK but also the expected taxes / import duties (if applicable), IVA / MOT testing and DVLA Registration

Importing a Car from Australia into the UK

If your vehicle is under ten years of age it will require an IVA test, this is a very strict test carried out by the DVSA (formally VOSA) to check the vehicle complies with UK regulations and European standards

From Australia this becomes a problem if you have only recently purchased the vehicle as you will also need to obtain a ‘Model Report’ from the manufacturer which can be very hard to obtain.

If you have owned the vehicle more than 6 months, lived outside of the EU for at least 12 months and are returning to the UK permanently, then a Model Report is not needed in order to test the vehicle and make things much more straight forward

Australian Car Ports

Our Car Shipping Calculator can price up the import from Melbourne, Sydney and Freemantle/Perth so if you have a requirement to export a vehicle from these areas please feel free to try the quote calculator at our website: Australia to UK Car Shipping Quote

Secure Car Shipping Quote Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:26:11 +0000 Read More]]> We are pleased to announce we have upgraded our hosting to ensure the site uses our EV SSL Certificate meaning you can browse the site with full encryption and safe in the knowledge when entering your details to receive a car shipping quote, that our website has been verified by DigiCert

So next time you are using our site to either receive up to date car shipping information, or to obtain a no obligation instant car shipping quote, look out for the green padlock in your browser address bar

Secure Car Shipping

Secure Car Shipping

Of course once you have arranged to ship your vehicle with us, the security does not stop there.

Your vehicle will be collected using only A* rated hauliers. At collection, we take a full collection condition report for you, this is then repeated on arrival to port of export. We then pack your car into either a 20ft or 40ft shipping container, fully weather proof.

At each stage from point of collection, the car you are shipping is fully insured under our comprehensive insurance policies.

UK crackdown on untaxed foreign vehicles Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:55:44 +0000 Read More]]> Currently if you import or drive a vehicle into the UK, you must register it if you keep it here longer than six months (DVLA Link). However, many people either do not realise this, or have been trying to avoid doing so and keeping their vehicles here without completing necessary UK testing and registration procedures.

IMAG0068According to the RAC, over 60,000 imported vehicles are registered with the DVLA every year, but estimate around 15,000 vehicles get away with it in the same period. Not only does this mean these vehicles may not have necessary safety checks (MOT) carried out, it also means the government miss out on at least £3m of road tax each year.

The UK Government are therefore set to announce plans to tackle the problem.

The RAC’s Pete Williams said “We understand that DVLA, the UK Border Force and the police are looking at how data can be used to identify foreign-registered vehicles that have been in the UK for longer than six months, so we urge the government to make finding an effective solution a high priority.”

We assume this will involve better information sharing between UK border forces, the DVLA, and traffic police using ANPR cameras to catch cars and drivers who have not complied with the rules

How to register an imported EU car in the UK

IMAG0071Well we can help from start to finish with our European Vehicle Modification and Registration Package, making things simple to ship, modify, test and register your European Car here in the UK.

We can assist with HMRC NOVA (Notification of Vehicle Arrival) System, Certificate of Conformity, Mutual Recognition Certificate, Modifications (usually headlights, speedometer to show MPH, rear fog light) MOT testing and DVLA registration to ensure your vehicle is legal to drive in the UK.

We are working on a separate Instant Quote facility to price all the above for any imported and un-registered vehicle, but for the meantime please email with the details of your vehicle and we will be happy to help, or visit

Buying car from US auction for car shipping to UK Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:59:50 +0000 Read More]]> Car auctions can be great places to get some unbeatable deals on all kinds of different cars from classics to brand new unregistered models. We regularly help clients bring back cars that they have purchased oversea at car auction houses.

Buying a car from an auction can be quite a nerve wracking experience but the rewards can be unbeatable and a very quick way of getting hold of the right vehicle.

We have assisted with collections and subsequent international car shipping from auction houses such as RM Auctions (, Copart ( and Barrett Jackson (

Once you have purchased your vehicle, all we need is the auction number and details for our driver to get through the gate, generally you are provided with gate pass details for this purpose

Our website features a unique instant car shipping quote system which allows you to price up how much it would be to import any make/model of car from any US zip code which will let you work out how much it will be to get the car to the UK, it will even show you tax/duty estimates as well as testing and registration requirements and costs for each specific model of car.