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How to Ship a Car from China to the UK

The United Kingdom is an island country in northwestern Europe. Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy are China’s main trading partners in the EU. In terms of imports, the United Kingdom has become China’s third largest trading partner in Europe, second only to Germany and the Netherlands, and ahead of France and Italy. The most commonly imported goods from China to the UK are electronic equipment, cars, clothing and textiles, medical machinery and furniture.

In 2023, China will become the world’s largest automobile exporter, reaching 5.22 million vehicles. The UK ranks fifth with 213,800 vehicles, followed by Russia, Mexico, Belgium and Australia. This guide will tell you how to ship a car from China to the UK.

Shipping from China to UK

What are the ways to transport vehicles from China to the UK?

Roll-on/roll-off
Best for work vehicles as your car will be driven onto the transport ship and transported safely in a huge cargo area similar to a parking lot. The main additional costs are customs clearance and taxes, which makes this our most affordable option.

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Shared container service
Stack multiple vehicles into a 40-foot container with our industry-leading steel stowage system. Although there will be an additional cost compared to our roll-on/roll-off service, you will share the additional cost of shipping in a securely enclosed container with other vehicle owners. Additional charges include: trailer and unloading fees, terminal handling fees, and customs clearance fees.

Full container load
As with our shared container service, your vehicle will be shipped in a fully enclosed 20-foot container dedicated to your car. You’ll have the benefit of not having to wait for the container to reach capacity before shipping, but not having to share the additional costs of loading and unloading at the terminal with other owners, as well as the additional costs of unloading. The many benefits of container shipping outweigh the added cost, including increased safety and protection from the weather due to fully enclosed and secure containers.

Our shipping professionals will document the condition of your vehicle upon arrival, including loading into the container, with photo documentation that you can view online for your convenience.

Once your car is loaded and secured, the container door will be locked, preventing anyone from accessing its contents until it lands at its final destination. Your vehicle will be secured in a fully enclosed container and you are welcome to pack and transport other items inside the vehicle. Nonetheless, please keep everything safe as we accept no responsibility for any damage or loss of any kind. Once your vehicle reaches its final destination in the UK, the container will be opened by our operators who will document the condition of the vehicle and the unloading process with photos.

Learn more: Sea Freight & Container Shipping From China To The UK

Shipping Cars from China by RoRo Ship

How To Ship A Car From China To the UK

  • Contact a Chinese freight forwarding company that provides shipping services to the UK. Basenton Logistics provides shipping services from China to the UK.
  • Check shipping costs from China to the UK.
  • Choose the best shipping method to ship your vehicle from China to UK. Depending on your needs, you can choose the following transportation methods to the UK: Ro-Ro transportation service, container transportation service, and LCL service to Mexico.
  • Provide documentation to the transport company to book delivery of your vehicle from China to the UK.
  • Deliver vehicles to port or export warehouse for export from China to UK
  • Payment to China Shipping Company
  • Send the release note or bill of lading to your customs clearance agent, customs broker or freight company in the UK.

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How To Ship A Car From China To the UK

How much does it cost to ship a car from China to the UK

The cost of shipping a car from China to the UK may vary depending on the shipping method and size of the car. On average, shipping a car from China to the UK costs around $2,000 to $3,500.

The average price to ship a car from Shanghai to the UK ranges from $2000 to $3000, the cost of shipping a car from Shanghai to the UK may vary depending on the shipping method and car size.
The average price to ship a car from Tianjin to the UK is $2500-$3000. The cost of shipping a car from Tianjin to the UK may vary depending on the shipping method and the size of the car.
The average price to ship a car from Qingdao to the UK ranges from $2200 to $2800, the cost of shipping a car from Qingdao to the UK may vary depending on the shipping method and car size.
The average price to ship a car from Guangzhou to the UK ranges from $2,500 to $3,500, the cost of shipping a car from Guangzhou to the UK may vary depending on the shipping method and car size.

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Documents required to import cars from China to the UK:

What documents are required to import a car from China to UK Customs?

The requirement for importing a car from China into the UK is to produce a commercial bill of sale in English, vehicle name and invoice and a detailed packing list which must indicate details of quantity, vehicle type and shipping location, and then provide the following documents to UK Customs:

Cars imported from China must have the following documents:

  • Bill of Lading Manifest, used for import, release and tax purposes.
  • UK tax identification number
  • Tariff subtitle and cargo location
  • Register as a car importer from China to UK
  • Vehicle duty-paid value declaration
  • Transfer stock to UK (original)
  • Holding a trade or company patent in the UK must demonstrate that you are committed to importing vehicles from China.
  • Certificate of origin from China showing that the vehicle is brand new (simple copy)
  • Find a good customs broker in the UK
  • Original bill of lading, sea waybill or air waybill from the shipping company from China
  • Chinese seller packing list
  • commercial invoice
  • Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO)
  • Authorization letter authorizing you to clear vehicle imports from UK Customs

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How To Ship An Electric Car From China To the UK?

To ship an electric or hybrid car from China to the UK, a series of requirements must be met, such as if they are new or used vehicles, and if they have the battery system in good condition.

List of steps to follow to send an electric or hybrid car to the UK:

  1. Inform the forwarder agent or the auto transport company if the car is new or used before sending it to from China to the UK.
  2. Check with the car shipping companies that the vehicle has never suffered any damage/blow to the battery system, and that there is no leakage from the vehicle or loss for shipment.
  3. The electric car must be labeled on the front windshield with the vehicle’s VIN clearly indicating the type of propulsion the vehicle has (fully electric/hybrid/plug-in hybrid/CNG/LNG, etc.)
  4. Check with the shipping company that the vehicle has never suffered any damage/blow to the battery system, and that there is no leakage from the vehicle or loss for shipment.
  5. You have to make a booking with the shipping company as IMO to send the vehicle.
  6. The shipper or exporter of the vehicle has to provide the MSDS of the car battery to validate the hazmat parameters.
  7. Finally, the consignee or importer has to inform the car transporter in China and Customs in the UK that you are going to import an electric vehicle.

If all these requirements are met, the unit can be loaded on the ship bound from China to the UK, but keep in mind that some shipping companies and forwarders do not accept boarding electric or hybrid vehicles for security reasons in international transport of cars.

How To Ship An Electric Car From China To the UK

Top 10 Countries For China’s Auto Exports In 2023

  1. Russia 909,000 vehicles
  2. Mexico 415,100 vehicles
  3. Belgium 217,400 vehicles
  4. Australia 214,600 vehicles
  5. UK 213,800 vehicles
  6. Saudi Arabia 213,600 vehicles
  7. Philippines 172,500 vehicles
  8. Thailand 170,600 vehicles
  9. UAE 160,000 vehicles
  10. Spain 138,700 vehicles
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