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When it comes to shipping a car overseas, you need to be aware of the laws surrounding the process. While shipping your car across state lines might be easy enough, getting it shipped abroad isn’t as simple as it may seem. You need to be aware of the laws in the country you’re shipping it to, as well as the countries you’re shipping it through.
The international car shipping process is straightforward, but not always. There are a few things to know so you don’t worry and can save some money.
We’ve included a few extra tips and tricks we’ve learned during our time shipping cars internationally and common questions and myths in this article.
The first step is to find the right service provider who will be shipping your vehicle. They will provide you with quotes and estimates of costs. All of the available pricing will be disclosed on their website.
The first thing you want to do is list potential international auto transporters and shipping companies. Start with Google, but also use BBB.org, FMC.gov, reviews sites, and forums to find one that suits your needs. Friends and friends of friends are an excellent resource for referrals.
The credentials of the company are important. Check to see if they are licensed, insured, and bonded. If they are, the company won’t hide it. The licenses will vary by the type of company you work with. For example, freight forwarders and NVOCCs will likely have FMC licensing.
All domestic shippers must have their DOT license and international car shipping companies must provide their DOT information to the domestic division. Additionally, ask every company whether they are fully insured and licensed and whether they use licensed and insured carriers or third-party services.
Want to know the cost of shipping a vehicle overseas? Get a quote. You’ll get a head start on learning how to ship a car overseas as well, because quotes contain documentation and port info, including the total cost, as well as other helpful information.
Some companies will display a generic rate online. The rates on websites are for ideal shipments (smallest size vehicle, to a popular destination, at their best rate). What this means is that the prices could be different if you were shipping a larger package to a less popular destination. In addition, prices change quite often as fuel costs and surcharges rise. So online prices are not 100% up to date.
To get a sense of a company’s international shipping rates, visit a few forums and browse the conversations. It’s important to know that the price will vary based on vehicle type, the company used, the shipping method used, and their departure location.
When comparing quotes, compare the dollar amount and what it includes. Always read through and carefully consider each quote. There are a lot of factors that can affect your ocean freight costs. Here are some key points to consider before booking with a company.
- The first thing we need to ask is: what type of service should we provide? Are you paying for a port to port, door to door, or door to port service?
- Secondly, we need to consider the method used: is it shipping via roll-off (RORO) vs. ocean container? Is it in a shared container or a sole 20ft container?
- We also need to know if there’s inland transport included with the shipping.
- One of the most crucial aspects of international shipping is destination fees. They’re unavoidable, and they vary depending on the destination. Another important part to note is that destination fees cover everything on the exporting side—including US customs clearance. Unloading, customs clearance at the destination, and transport from the arrival port all vary by destination.
The international auto transport company will most likely give this to you through their own in-house program or through a company they work with. This is not standard, so these numbers will differ by carrier and provider.
It’s important to understand the rates and what they cover when it comes to insurance. Be sure you know the exact policy and question your company for more information, such as if your coverage is for total loss or all risk. It’s also important to understand what the deductible is and how much it is at the time of purchase.
When shipping a car abroad, it’s important to have insurance for peace of mind. You don’t really need protection, but if you do you’ll be glad you have it.
There are many different ways to ship your car, but the most popular is consolidated vehicle shipping. This is where your car is loaded in a container with other cars on the same final destination. Often, it takes longer but companies usually have other containers to fill before they can ship overseas.
But, if you choose containerized shipments, you’ll not only save money but also have the added protection of a containerized shipment.
If you are looking for a quick way to ship your car overseas, the answer is simple. Book a 20ft container with a shipping company, pack your car with the necessary paperwork, and send in the payment.
As soon as they have everything from you, the company will clear customs in the US and the car will be loaded onto the next available vessel before being shipped. You can expect to pay hundreds of dollars more for this method than you would for others.
Rolling on roll-off is a method of shipping your vehicle that is less expensive than the other methods. It is slower but it reduces the price tag. RORO vessels often transship, meaning they don’t go directly to your final destination.
The other downside of RORO shipping is that there’s no added protection. The cargo will be open to the elements such as seawater, moisture, and more. Lastly, you’re only allowed to bring in a standard tire jack and spare tire.