for exporters and importers
  • Why You Need Cargo Insurance for RoRo Shipping

    If you are a seasoned shipper, you are probably aware of the importance of cargo insurance. First-time shippers, however, may […]

  • International Car Shipping Terminology (Part 2)

    After laying out the basics of international car shipping in our previous article, let’s take a look at some more […]

  • International Car Shipping Terminology (Part 1)

    With car shipping becoming the preferred method of auto transport overseas, the process itself is becoming more streamlined and time-efficient. […]

  • Importing a Used Car to Dubai? Make Sure it’s not Damaged!

    If you are importing a used car to Dubai, you would be happy to know that the import requirements are […]

  • Who Regulates Overseas Shipping Companies?

    When choosing a shipping company to ship your car overseas, there are quite a lot of factors to consider. From […]

  • Import Car in Belgium: Overview of RoRo Customs Procedures in Europe

    If you wish to import your car in Belgium via RoRo shipping, the most affordable shipping method, you should get […]

  • Difference in Cost between RoRo and Container Shipping

    When shipping vehicles overseas, especially when shipping motor cars, there are two most frequently used options: RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) and Container […]

  • How to Import a Classic Car from Europe to the USA

    It’s not uncommon for the Americans to crave a European classic car and wish to take it home with them […]

  • Before Classic Car Shipping: Tips for Transporting Your Classic Car to the Port

    Before Classic Car Shipping: Tips for Transporting Your Classic Car to the Port If you are planning an overseas adventure […]

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.