Got a boat that you need to get from the USA to another country? We can help. Whether you’re transporting it for your own use when moving overseas, or whether you’re selling it to someone in a foreign country, Ship Overseas has the solution. We are an international boat shipping company based in the USA, and have been shipping boats for clients like you for more than three decades.


Here are some of the FAQs we hear a lot about shipping a boat overseas:


Q: What Kinds of Water Craft Do You Ship?


A: We ship all kinds of water craft, such as:


  • Boats
  • Yachts
  • Sailboats
  • Jet Skis

Q: What Are My Options for Pickup?

A: When getting your boat ready for transport, we make the process simple and hassle free. We will pick up your boat at your front door and ship it to any country. Or, if you want, you can take the boat to the departure shipping port yourself and we’ll ship it to the destination port (port-to-port). 


Q: Which Shipping Method Should I Use?


A: You can choose from RoRo or LoLo shipping:


  • RoRo Shipping: This method is quite efficient and cost-effective, with reliable departure and arrival dates. RoRo vessels are built for shipping wheeled cargo. Your boat will be driven on to the ship almost like it was a parking garage. The name Roll-on/Roll-off stems from the practice of vehicles that roll-on/roll-off the ramp. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, your boat will be strapped and secured to prevent movement while out at sea. The metal protector under the boat will lock into place so no slipping and sliding occurs. Also, the tires won’t be able to move because they are securely embedded in the metal protector. 
  • LoLo Shipping: Another way to accomplish seamless International Boat Shipping is through the use of a crane. This is when your boat is lifted and secured onto the deck of a large transporter, with ships typically arriving in Europe in about 10 days. This is the fastest way to export your boat from the United States overseas, but it’s not the most cost effective due to the fact that a crane operator is needed on site at both the departure port and destination port.


Q: Do You Handle Customs?

A: Yes, we do handle all U.S. Customs clearance. Our staff will guide you through the entire boat shipping process, letting you know exactly which documents you will need for a successful shipment, whether you’re shipping a boat to Italy or a yacht to Saudi Arabia.


Q: Should I Purchase Marine Insurance?

A: It’s not required but we strongly recommend that you do. We offer full cover marine insurance against loss or damage to your boat, at a rate of 1.75% of the value you wish to insure for.


Q: What if I Have More Questions?


A: If you don’t see your question and answer here about overseas boat shipping, we welcome you to call us now at 858-547-0840 or get a free quote on our website.


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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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