How to Ship a Car to Africa
If you have a need to ship a car to Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea or any other country in Africa, you have come to the right place. We know you may be feeling some apprehension over the process. We understand, as shipping a car from the U.S. to Africa can look daunting on the surface. But you should sit back and relax, as we crafted this guide to steer you in the right direction.
We hope it helps to know we have been shipping cars to and from Africa for more than 35 years, which is why you should come to us with confidence. Call us with any questions you may have, and the end result will be a smooth, seamless experience.
Start off your journey with a free quote, as we only need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in Africa.From Durban to Cape Town, we’ve got you covered.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Africa?
Your final price will vary greatly on factors such as:
• How you will get your car to the port. If you bring your car to the port, you’ll save cash. If you have us pick it up at your residence, you’ll spend more.
• The size of the vehicle. You’ll spend more to ship a large SUV or pickup truck and less to ship a compact car.
• Where in the USA the car is being shipped from. You’ll spend less shipping from the East Coast than from the West Coast.
We ship cars from the USA to the African countries listed below:
We ship to Luanda in Angola. No acceptance of Vehicles older than 3 Years.To obtain a PIP Number the customer must contact The Bureau Veritas De Angola at 244 222 311 110/244 222 310 730. Contact OIC Services 832-912-6820.
We ship to Cotonou in Benin.
We ship to Douala in Cameroon.
We ship to Point Noire in Congo.
We ship to Djibouti in Djibouti.
We ship to Alexandria in Egypt. In order to import a POV, a contractor or grantee employee must be assigned to Egypt for at least two years with a USAID-funded contractor or grantee. Only one POV is allowed to be imported during the employee?s tour in Egypt. Pursuant to Ministerial Decree 80/1998 (copy attached) dated April 29, 1998 all motor vehicles imported after October 28, 1998 or locally manufactured after April 28, 1999 must be equipped with a catalytic converter.
We ship to Libreville in Gabon. No vehicles older than 3 Years. Must obtain an inspection BIETC Number prior to shipping.
We ship to Banjul in Gambia.
We ship to Conakry in Guinea.
Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire
We ship to Abidjan in Ivory Coast. No Acceptance of vehicles older than 7 Years and H/H older than 10 Year
We ship to Monrovia in Liberia. No acceptance of vehicles older than 10 Years.
We ship to Casablanca, and Tangier in Morocco.
We ship to Walvis Bay in Namibia.
We ship to Dakar in Senegal. No vehicles older than 8 years allowed into the country.
We ship to Freetown in Sierra Leone
We ship to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. No Vehicles older than 10 Years.
We ship to Lome in Togo.
We ship to La Goulette, and Tunis in Tunisia. No Acceptance of Vehicles older than 5 Years.All H/H Cargo must be Manufacturer New.
- Visit the page of the African country you’re shipping to, for information on vehicle age restrictions to import a car into that country.
- If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
- If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
- For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
- Visit the CIT website, to see if the African country you’re shipping to requires you to file for a FERI, ECTN, BSC or an ASHI, before it enters the country.
Vehicle Import Duty For Africa
Please visit the country’s page to read more about its Import Duty rules.
Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Africa
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to many ports in Africa. Click on the desired country to see which ports we sail to. To get there, choose from two main car shipping methods:
RoRo Shipping – These are vessels that can ship wheeled cargo efficiently, where by vehicles must be in good working order because they will have to be driven onto the ship via a ramp.
Container Shipping – Your car is placed inside a container and then strapped down securely for the journey. Depending on the option you choose, your vehicle could be riding solo or with other cars.
Two Types of Shipping Methods
Perhaps you’re confused about the two types of shipping methods, especially if this is your first time shipping a car to Africa. We will straighten it all out for you.
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
If you are shipping a single vehicle to Africa, RoRo is a wise decision. Not only is it cost-effective and efficient, it also comes with more reliable departure and arrival dates than you would get with container shipping (keep reading).And all vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean, so your vehicle is protected against external elements.
Roll On/Roll Off happens to be our most popular option, as well as the most affordable and convenient. It’s only used for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars, so as long as they can be driven onto the ship of their own power, RoRo is a good choice. Once loaded onto the vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its own spot.
We ship a variety of vehicles this way, from motorhomes and campers to trailers and buses — even construction vehicles and boats! It’s so trusted that new car manufacturers select this for shipping their own vehicles overseas.
You could also ship your car to Africa in a shipping container, either shared or
Shared Container Shipping
This translates to more difficult planning because it’s highly possible you may be waiting an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars. You’re best off deciding on this method when shipping two or more vehicles.There is no guarantee of a fixed departure date as with RoRo, due to the fact that each container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship.
Your car, loaded along with three other vehicles into a container, gets protection from the elements, plus you can ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle at the same time. Another benefit? You can ship vehicles that do not work. For example, we have many clients who buy broken-down classic cars in the USA for shipping to Africa.
Exclusive Container Shipping
Exclusive container shipping, meaning your vehicle is the only vehicle in the container, is best for high-end and exotic vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc.That’s because you get added protection and attention to detail during transport. This is also a wise option if you prefer to ship personal belongings inside your car.If your vehicle is not in operational condition, you can still use this option.
Exclusive container shipping is more expensive compared to RoRo and shared container shipping. But if you have a large budget and a mint condition car that can’t risk damage, go ahead and pay more for the extra peace of mind.
Trusted Military Partner
Many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles.We are happy to serve the Active Military community,shipping cars from the USA to South Africa and importing cars internationally into the USA from South Africa. Ship Overseas has been a chosen provider of international car shipping services for more than three decades, backed by rich experience as a freight forwarder.
Active members of the military who want to ship their cars to South Africa from the U.S. should give us a call for more information. At that time, we can go over factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing that affect military shipping.
Do you want to bring your car to the port, or would you prefer we come get it from you?The answer will dictate final pricing.
Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping
If you prefer we get it from you, a truck driver will pick up the vehicle from you for transport to the destination port for shipping to Africa, either by open auto shipping or enclosed.
Open Auto Shipping – The most common type of car shipping method we have, this also happens to be the least costly. However, it’s safe and cost effective if you want to transport vehicles like sedans and minivans to the port for sailings to Africa.
Our transport trucks have the capacity to carry up to nine or 10 cars at a time, or as few as five cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles while making their way along the national trucking route. Each transport truck is filled to capacity,which disperses the overall shipping costs among all cars on board.
Enclosed Auto Shipping – This method is more expensive but as the owner of a luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage car, it’s well worth the additional cost. That’s because your vehicle is not exposed to the elements during transport, is shipped along with two other vehicles and, using a special ramp or lift-gate, is carefully driven onto the truck.
Should I Get Marine Insurance?
It’s in your best interests to protect your vehicular investment, which is why we suggest you buy the optional marine insurance. We provide FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship, the cost of which is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for.
If you can’t afford to pay outright for any repairs, damage or loss to your vehicle, think ahead and buy the Marine Insurance. The chance of something unfortunate happening is rare, with this only becoming a real issue perhaps during hurricane season from June till November. Think: rougher than usual seas! Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.
In your journey to ship a car from the USA to Africa, we hope this page has acted as a good guide. Whether you want to ship a car to Liberia or Morocco, we can help get it there safely.If you have additional questions, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.