How Ship Overseas is handling the situation and what to expect…

As we face unchartered territory with the COVID-19 pandemic, recently declared a U.S. national emergency by President Trump, we here at Ship Overseas would be remiss if we did not advise you of what to expect during this difficult time. We are doing our best to keep our customers advised of next steps, but please note many factors are out of our control and/or change hourly or daily as news breaks.

First and foremost, please know that Coronavirus has not stopped Ship Overseas from shipping, unlike many of our competitors.

We have compiled a list of major shipping issues concerning the Coronavirus outbreak as it impacts U.S. imports and exports.

• RoRo shipping (roll on roll off) will NOT be affected. Expect business as usual here.
• Container bookings have been limited and scaled back, but only to countries that ship via container.
• Ocean carriers will continue to add blank/void sailings into their posted scheduling.
• Equipment shortages will occur as it is prohibited from moving inland.
• Equipment overflow will also occur within West Coast terminals as vessels sit idle due to blank sailings.
• Delays in logistics are inevitable but will be mitigated as best as possible.

China is slowly recovering from the pandemic, while the U.S. is now on the front line of the outbreak. As China’s workforce slowly starts to regain normal operations, this should greatly affect the situations we have listed above and positively improve tensions within the supply chain.


Above all, we ask for your patience as we, too, are learning new things about Coronavirus and how it affects our industry every single day. We will work hard to keep you apprised of situations/delays/service issues as soon as we can. Here at Ship Overseas, we will do our best to minimalize delays and inconvenience for our customers.


As always, you can get in touch with us anytime if you have any questions or concerns about your existing or future shipments. Call us toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840 or send us a message online.

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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.
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.
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.
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