International Car Shipping. Ship a Car Overseas from USA

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Car International Shipping from USA

International car transport is what we specialize in. We have been exporting cars from USA to other countries for nearly 40 years. If you need car shipping rates, we only need the Year/Make/Model of your car, the destination country, and the pick up ZIP code (if you need us to pick up your car).

We ship cars to Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. We ship anything on wheels (cars, motorcycles, heavy machinery, trailers/campers, Buses/RVs, etc.)

If this is your first time shipping a car overseas from USA, we understand you may feel skeptical. We are a registered NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) with the US FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION (FMC). Our license # is 019334 in case you want to verify. In other words, we are licensed and bonded. Also, we have been shipping cars overseas for 36 years! You can READ OUR THIRD-PARTY REVIEWS left by our customers.

100K Shipping Customers

200 Cars shipped/month

390+ Destination Ports

Car Shipping to Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East

We ship Cars, RVs, Boats, and Heavy Machinery To Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. We ship to most countries. If the country you are shipping a car to is not on this list, submit your quote and we’ll let you know if we have service there.

Most Popular Countries We Ship Cars To:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE

Cost to Ship Car Overseas

While there are too many factors to list here regarding pricing, here are some general things to consider when shipping cars internationally.

  • Trucking costs – We will pick up your car from your front door and bring it to the nearest port. This is an optional cost and you’ll see it in your quote. While trucking cost are for door-to-port shipping, we also do port-to-port shipping, which doesn’t have any trucking costs.
  • Size of Your Vehicle – Most sedans and regular SUVs have similar shipping costs. When you start getting into large SUVs, like Chevy Suburbans, these normally have higher costs.
  • Distance from USA – Shipping costs to Europe are typically cheaper than shipping costs to the Middle East.

Starting cost to ship cars overseas starts at around $790 and above. 

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

Every country has its own import tax and offloading fees. Unless you are in the US Military or moving back to the country you were born in, you will pay import tax.

Storage Fees

Normally once your car arrives at the destination port, you’ll have about 5-7 days to pick up your car. You can designate someone (known as the Consignee) to pick up your car for you. Make sure that person has extra cash on hand to pay for the import duty and offloading fees. Your customs broker will let you know exactly how much to bring.

Marine Insurance

Marine insurance is an optional cost. This insurance covers damage to your vehicle while the ship is out to sea. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for. Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on November 30. You can learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Military Car Shipping

We are proud to be an authorized car shipper for the US Military and their dependents. If you are going through a PCS (Permanent Change of Station), you normally don’t need to pay import/duty taxes for your car.

While most of our shipments depart the USA, we can also ship cars back to USA for returning active military families. Major military bases we ship to are in Germany, Spain, Italy, UK, UAE, Iraq, & Bahrain. We also ship to smaller US military bases. Germany is where we ship the most when it comes to the military shipping cars overseas. Click on the ‘Learn More’ button for details about military car shipping.

Typical Documents Required to Ship Car Overseas

International car shipping can be tricky if you try to do it yourself. Different countries require different documents. For instance, some countries require the Original Title of the car while other countries require a Copy of the Original Title.  We will let you know which docs you’ll need. Other docs that may be needed are the Bill of Lading, Bill of Sale, and your ID.

Vehicle Shipping Methods

RoRo Car Shipping

These ships are made specifically for vehicles. RoRo ships are built so anything with tires can Roll On and Off the ship. Automobiles and motorcycles are the most common vehicles. Other types of vehicles that can be shipped are motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats. RoRo shipping is normally used when you only ship one vehicle. The car MUST be able to make it up and down the ramp without any assistance. The inside of a RoRo ship looks like a big parking garage. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot (as shown in the picture)

This shipping method has proved highly efficient and extremely cost-effective. When compared to container shipping, it has an additional advantage: it provides reliable departure and arrival dates. The ship’s departure and arrival schedule run almost like an airline flight schedule.

Also, RoRo shipping is the preferred shipping method for new car manufacturers to ship their own vehicles. All vehicles are tied to the deck and are not exposed to the ocean. That way, the vehicles have all the protection against external elements.

Container Shipping

With this method, multiple vehicles are loaded into a container at a warehouse. Normally 4 cars fit into a container. The container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship. Because a container must be filled, it doesn’t provide fixed departure dates as the RoRo method does. You might need to wait an extra week until the container is filled with the 4th car. Use container shipping when you’re shipping 2 or more vehicles.

In addition, customers are allowed to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of their vehicle, which is largely thought to be the only real advantage container shipping has compared to RoRo.

Payment Methods/Options

Credit Card & Zelle

Most people who are located in USA prefer to make payment via credit card or Zelle Pay. There is a 3% service-fee for using a credit card. If you choose Zelle Pay, there are no fees because it’s basically a bank-to-bank transfer.

Wire Transfer or Cashier’s Check

Most people who are located overseas make payment via Wire Transfer or Check. Once you place your order, we will send you our banking information. You don’t have to make payment until your vehicle reaches the departure shipping port.

Canceling Your Order

Things happen, we know it. If you need to cancel your order, we will charge a $300 cancellation administrative fee. 

Additional International Car Shipping Information

US Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you no matter what port your car is departing from.

Preparing Your Car For Shipment

  • Disable any alarms
  • Don’t put anymore that ¼ tank of gas. The shipping lines will drain your car of gas due to safety hazards.
  • Check for leaks
  • Check tire pressure
  • Lock the car. Make sure once you hand over the keys to your trucker that your car is locked.

Who Can Pick Up Your Car

The person who can pick up your car at the destination port is called the consignee. This person should bring extra cash to pay any port/offloading fees. The name on their ID must match the name on the paperwork.

Other Services

Ship Car to USA

In addition to exporting cars from USA to other countries, we also import cars into USA. We only do this for certain countries because the safety regulations in USA are extremely high. Fill out our quote form and enter your vehicle’s information and we will let you know if you are able to import it into USA. You can learn more about importing cars into USA here.

 Heavy Machinery

In addition to international car shipping, we ship heavy machinery overseas. These are normally vehicles for construction and agriculture. You can read about International Heavy Machinery Shipping here.

 RV, Motorhome, Trailers, Campers

As long as it has wheels, we can ship it. Most recreational vehicles are sent to western Europe or Middle East. Buses normally go to Africa. It doesn’t matter what country you are in, we can ship an RV, trailer, camper, etc. Learn more about international RV shipping here.

International Breakbulk Shipping and Heavy Haul Transport

Sometimes we ship large items in breakbulk (separate pieces rather than in containers). These pieces are loaded onto a special trailer (like a Removable Goose Neck (RGN) trailer, Step Deck trailer, Flatbed trailer, Double Drop trailer, Extendable Flatbed trailer, Straight Frame trailer), then rolled onto the ship. Industries that use our international breakbulk shipping service are: Oil & Gas, Mining, Construction, Rail, Aviation, Agriculture, and Public Transport. You can get details about breakbulk shipping here.

Boat & Yacht

Obviously, watercraft don’t have wheels. But if they are put onto a carriage, we can ship it! Your boat will be towed onto the ship. Read more about international boat shipping here.

Motorcycles & ATVs

International motorcycle shipping is also one of the things we ship. Again, as long as your vehicle has wheels, we can ship it. Read about international motorcycle shipping here.