Export Procedures For The Automotive Industry

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 The automotive industry is a huge part of the U.S. economy, and it’s no surprise that exporters want to get in on that action. Unfortunately, exporting cars and other vehicles isn’t as straightforward as you might think. There are lots of regulations involved with shipping these goods across borders and even more, rules if you’re selling them to countries outside NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Here we’ll walk through these steps:

The Automotive Export Procedures

The automotive industry exports are a major contributor to the economy. Therefore, it’s important that you know all about the export procedures and requirements for this sector. The first step is to apply for an export license at your local customs office or chamber of commerce. You should also get advice from your bank regarding financing options, as well as what types of guarantees they can provide in case anything goes wrong with the shipment (for example, if there’s damage when it arrives at its destination).

Are you a first-time exporter?

If so, then the following information will help ensure that your export experience goes smoothly.

  • Do I need to know the basics of exporting? Yes! In order to avoid costly mistakes and delays, it is important to understand how exports work. The International Trade Administration (ITA) has put together a very useful guide for new exporters called “Export Procedures for the Automotive Industry.”This guide explains how licensing works in the automotive industry and provides an overview of all relevant regulations from both state and federal agencies. It also includes links to relevant forms and websites where they can be found.
  • What is meant by general license vs specific license? A general license will allow an individual or company who has been issued one prior to making any shipments under its terms; whereas with a specific license only those individuals or companies listed on said document may engage in activities authorized therein, no others may do so without further authorization from BIS/OFAC etcetera.

Do You Have An Export License?

You must have an automotive industry exports license to ship goods outside of the United States. An export license is issued by the government, and it allows you to export specific goods in a certain time period for a specific country or region. The value of your product determines what type of license you need:

If your product has a value less than $50,000 USD (or equivalent), then you’ll need an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) license. This type of license allows you to ship up to 500 units per year without paying taxes on them or filing additional paperwork with customs officials at ports of entry abroad; however, it does not allow for any transfers between companies within this timeframe (all sales must occur before expiration). If your company wants more than 500 units per year, then they’ll need another type of license called an International Commodity Code (ICC). This will cost more money because there are additional fees involved when applying for one but also gives access beyond just shipping items to foreign countries it also allows companies within North America (Canada & Mexico) as well as South America (Brazil & Argentina) so long as those countries allow such movement through their borders too!

Export License Application Process?

Before you ship your goods, it’s important to understand the export license application process. To apply for an export license, you will need to complete an application form and submit it along with all of the required documentation. The following information is typically requested when applying for an export license:

  • Company name and contact details
  • Type or category of product being exported (e.g., vehicle)
  • Quantity being shipped out of country (e.g., 100)
  • Amount paid or payable by the buyer upon delivery (e.g., $10 million)
  • Type(s) of transport used during shipment (airfreight vs ocean freight).

Apply For An Export License On My Own

You should use an export compliance company to help you with your application. It’s not a good idea to apply for an export license on your own, as the process can be complex and confusing. The application process takes time, money, and effort and there are many steps involved in getting it done correctly. If you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s a risk that mistakes could be made which could cause delays or other problems down the line.

The best thing about working with an expert is that they’ll guide you through every step of the way so that everything goes smoothly and efficiently from filling out forms correctly to submitting them correctly (and on time). They’ll also be able to answer any questions when they come up during this period; maybe something was unclear when filling out forms. Or maybe there was some confusion over which type of license would work best for our needs? An expert will know exactly how much paperwork needs to be completed based on what kind of product we’re exporting; this means they’ll also know exactly how long each step will take compared with other types of products/services being exported by other businesses within similar industries.


We hope this article has helped you understand the export process for automobiles. If you’re interested in learning more about how to export your goods, contact us today!