“You are too expensive, I got a quote for much less!!!”

Yeah, we’ve heard that one before! Here in the Heavy Machinery department at Ship Overseas, we give out quotes daily. Don’t be fooled by low cost quotes. You may regret it later.  Port re-measurement

The cost of shipping your cargo is now recalculated based upon these revised dimensions, not what the freight forwarder may have sent you as a quote. What does this mean? You will need to come up with the money to pay for the difference. What, you don’t have the extra money to ship construction vehicles overseas? Now you have to have it hauled off the port and stored in a lot. That’s more money wasted right there.

Be sure that you provide the SAME dimensions (Length, Width, Height and Weight) to everyone you request a quote from.

Remember, just a few inches difference can result in a 20% to 50% INCREASE in shipping cost. We had a customer who bought a caterpillar online from a dealership. When the truck driver arrived to pick up the caterpillar, it was too big to fit on the platform. The customer had to pay for his mistake for not verifying the length, width, height and weight of his purchase. The measurement was double what he had given to us.

If you ever want to find someone to measure your vehicle, you can find someone on Craigslist and pay them. Qualified people would be anyone in construction, mechanics, pip fitters, and more.

To see what you’ll pay, click on the green button below and let us know the CORRECT measurements.

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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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