How It Works
Shipping a car overseas is easy. We have been doing for over 28 years. Basically it works like this. 1) Let us know where your car is located 2) We need the year, make, model. 3) We need the destination city and country. If you know those 3 things, we can get you a quote for shipping a car overseas.
We can pick up your car if you can't bring it to the nearest departure shipping port. In addition, we handle all US Customs clearance. Our staff will walk you through the whole car shipping process.
Remember, once you get your pricing in the email, you can place your order and pay later. You don't have to pay right away.
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Anonymous Customer - TX, United States 08 Oct 2013
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Allen B - VA, United States 14 May 2014 Very easy to deal with even when re-scheduling the arrival date of the container. Destination Country United States Shopper Approved Review
Chris R - CA, United States 14 May 2014 They were good and reasonably priced! Destination Country South Korea. Shopper Approved Review
Roger 14 May 2014 Great service my car arrived at the predicted time my car was clean and no damage Destination Country Japan Shopper Approved Review
We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a car from USA to another country, an owner should only work with a BBB Accredited business.
We are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select "Organization Name" and type in "Ship Overseas". Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.
Requirements: Shipping Car OverseasNo car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
Import Duty for Destination CountryImport duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.
Travel & Living AbroadMost countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.
1) RoRo Method - Roll on Roll Off
Normally when exporting a car, the RoRo Method is the most cost effective, safest and easiest. As you can see in the picture above, the car has to be able to go up the ramp (Roll on) and down the ramp (Roll off). That's right, it's not very complicated! (We like having a sense of humor here). Once your car is aboard the ship, it is secured to the deck with straps and braces. This prevents your car from moving if the ship is rocking at sea.
To the left is what a RoRo ship looks like. It's not the most beautiful ship, but it sure is the safest way to export a car. We basically roll your car on and off the ship. There is no crane or lifting of vehicles. We have weekly departures so you don't have to wait too long for your car to arrive. We will reserve your spot on the ship by issuing you a booking number.
2) Container Car Shipping
An alternative to RoRo shipping is to export cars using cargo ships. This method is also a safe way to ship car to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or Latin America. Car shipping to Europe, or any other continent, is a simple process. There are many more cargo ships available so they are able to sail into remote parts of the world whereas a RoRo ship cannot readily do so.
The only time there may be a drawback with container car shipping is when using a shared container. While delays in shipping are infrequent, the shipping line will not ship a container with only one car inside. You might have to wait for a couple other cars.
These are the ports we ship out of
I ship about 20 cars per month with Ship Overseas. My dealership has never had a problem and you won't either.
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