Qualities of an Excellent Car Shipping Company

When choosing a car shipping company, how can you be sure that you chose right? After all, the company will be entrusted with transporting your car overseas and taking care of it during the voyage. In some cases, the same company will even be in charge of transporting the car to the departure port and also from the arrival port to the final destination. Who you choose to handle the transport is very important.

Some shippers make the mistake of choosing the company based on how affordable rates they offer. This is extremely dangerous because they neglect other more important qualities that a good car shipping company should possess, especially if it’s an international company.

To help you choose the best car shipping company for your needs and budget, check out the following guidelines.

Relevant licenses

A trustworthy shipping company should be properly licensed and insured. For example, as an international car shipping company with an outstanding track record spanning three decades, Ship Overseas is licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). As a federal agency that regulatesthe oceanborne international transportation of the US, FMC directly regulates the activities of international shipping companies.Companies that don’t have a license issued by FMC are not able to arrange for customs clearance or issue their House Bill of Lading (HBL).

Additionally, you should check the company’s profile on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. FMCSA gives ample information on the level of safety exercised by a company, which is aninvaluable insight into how reliable a company is.

Also, you should check whether the company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). BBB-accredited businesses have to adhere to strict standards of business ethics, and accreditation speaks volumes of how trustworthy a particular company is.

Range of shipping services

The best shipping companies offer more than one shipping method to their customers. There are some ports from which RoRo shipping isn’t possible, which is why your shipping company should be able to provide the container shipping services. Also, RoRo and container shipping differ in special requirements and advantages, so you should be able to choose the one that is best for your purposes and budget.

Partnering with licensed motor carriers

In addition to offering shipping services, some international shipping companies also offer transportation services. This means that if you are unable to transport your car to the port, they are equipped to cater to your needs.

More importantly than simply providing the service is the fact that reliable companies will always hire only FMCSA-licensed motor carriers to handle the transportation. Even though their staff may not handle the actual transportation, it’s their responsibility towards you as a customer to ensure that all stages go smoothly.

Transparency

In the modern world, every reputable company should have a well-optimized web presentation. The best shipping company will display all the relevant information they have regarding various international regulations with the aim of helping the customers with things that don’t involve only their services.

When choosing a car shipping company, take a close look at their website. Does it have a straightforward call to action? Is the request-a-quote process uncomplicated? Is the company open about the shipping rates? Does the website have a resource section for additional information, like the blog section? Is the website easy to access on all devices? All of these questions are important because they show how willing a company is to reach out to their potential customers.

Years of experience

Last but not least, years of business operation should be a significant decisive factor. For example, Ship Overseas has more than 30 years of experience, during which time we have serviced a great number of customers. Our repeat and referral business is our favorite form of advertising because it’s honest and genuine. We have ready-made tried-and-tested solutions, which is what separates us from the competition. For a shipping quote, contact us today!

Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No 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.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • 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.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most 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.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import 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.