Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

Case Studies


A classic motor car company required a sophisticated compliance solution: transportation and customs clearances for four rare vintage cars from Germany to the United States and China, and potentially back again.

These vehicles were being shown at an auction in the United States, the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event! OIA’s client needed several customs and tax solutions in place, which were situationally dependent upon sales during the event.


Two cars were sold after a successful Pebble Beach event, and the other two continued on to the Bund Classics event in Shanghai before they were finally returned to Germany in pristine condition.

  • Secure loading and lashing at the OIA automotive warehouse in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Wooden automotive platforms (APs) were used for securing and loading all cars into 40′ containers
  • Booking and organization of sea freight
  • Customs clearance and documentation
  • Dedicated team management with high accessibility
  • Enclosed car transporters


  • Single point of contact during the transport solution.
  • Transportation/Customs/Tax solutions for every car’s sale/show status.
  • Stress-free experience for the owner, event organizers, and buyers alike.
  • Cars were returned to Germany in pristine condition.

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