Tesla guide - Tesla VIN allocation and ship tracking

When will I receive my chassis number for the Tesla I ordered and how will my Tesla get to me? These are questions that every Tesla customer probably asks themselves after successfully placing an order. Tesla has a few special features to help you keep an eye on your vehicle. But here, too, there are a few special features depending on the model and production location. Basically, it can be said that there are many deliveries in Europe at the end of a quarter. At the beginning of each quarter, Tesla produces all the vehicles required for export in order to compensate for transportation times and ensure delivery in the respective quarter. At the end of a quarter, Tesla then produces primarily for the respective domestic market.

Tesla Model 3/ Model Y Gigafactory Shanghai

All Tesla Model 3 variants, but also the Model Y with rear-wheel drive currently come from the Shanghai Gigafactory. In addition, during the transition phase, it is also possible that some Model Y LongRange may also come from China. All vehicles from Shanghai come to Europe by ship. The vehicles for Europe arrive either in Koper, Slovenia, Barcelona, Spain or Zeebrugge, Belgium. 

Due to the distance to the individual ports, the following approximate transportation times apply: 

Port of departure Port of destination Transportation time
Shanghai / China Koper / Slovenia approx. 23 days
Shanghai / China Barcelona / Spain approx. 24 days
Shanghai / China
Zeebrugge / Belgium
approx. 28-30 days


The VIN allocation currently takes place mostly between the islands of Taiwan and Sri Lanka. The arrival of the respective ships usually takes place 1-2 days before the start of the delivery period in the Tesla app/account. In the further course, VIN is often visible in the app 7 to 8 days before the pick-up date.

Tesla Model S/ Model X Gigafactory Fremont

For more than 2 years now, the first Tesla Model S and Model X will be coming back to Europe from December 2022. The models for Europe will either be shipped from San Francisco via the Panama Canal or from Fremont by train to Baltimore and then loaded there. The destination is currently Zeebrugge, Belgium. 

The transportation times are as follows:

 Port of departure Port of destination Transportation time
San Francisco / America Zeebrugge / Belgium approx. 21 days
Baltimore / America Zeebrugge /Belgium approx. 10 days


Currently, the VIN allocation already takes place when the Tesla Model S or Model X is already in the port in America. The arrival of the respective ships usually takes place 1-2 days before the start of the delivery period in the Tesla app/account. In the further course, the VIN is often visible in the app 7 to 8 days before the pick-up date.

Tesla Model Y Gigafactory Grünheide

Currently the Tesla Model Y LongRange and the Model Y Performance come from the Gigafactory Grünheide. As things stand at present, only the colors black and white are produced in Grünheide. The first models in the color Quicksilver (formerly Midnight Silver Metallic) have also recently appeared. The colors Deep Blue Metallic and Midnight Cherry Red will follow later. The colors Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Red are exclusively available for the models produced in Grünheide. As soon as the ordered Model Y has been manufactured, the VIN is allocated to the respective customer. The time from VIN allocation to delivery is usually between 7-10 days, depending on the location in Germany.

But how do I know which ship my Tesla is on and when the ship will arrive at the port of destination? First of all, the corresponding delivery period and the VIN allocation are a clue, so that suitable ships can be shortlisted by means of an exclusion procedure. With the shipping companies Höegh and Glovis, it is often possible to have the allocated vehicle tracked on one of the shipping companies' ships after successful VIN allocation. This makes it possible to identify exactly which ship your Tesla is on. Alternatively, you can ask the assigned Tesla Sales Advisor when and at which port of destination the ordered Tesla should arrive. Please note that the Tesla Sales Advisor will not answer questions such as: "Which exact ship is my Tesla coming on?". 

In order to keep track of your Tesla, we recommend that you take a look at the TFF (Tesla Drivers and Friends) forum. There, in the thread "Information on the current Tesla ship tracking" there are almost daily updates on the current Tesla ships that are on their way to Europe. This gives you an overview of where your Tesla might currently be during your waiting time. The TFF member "Teslanova56" is constantly tracking the ship's position and enters all new and current ship tracking data there almost daily. Please note that all information listed there is subject to change at any time.

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