humpy-dumptyRORO vs CONTAINER??? Which is better???

Once there was an egg call Humpty Dumpty who, as the nursery rhyme says, sat on a wall and then fell off and broke into hundreds of pieces… and no one could put him back together again….

heavy machinery shipping

That’s sort of the problem with dismantling a large piece of construction equipment and putting it into a container. If you have the ability to put it back together again, it’s a great idea and a money saver. If not, then RORO is the way to go.

If you are shipping to a port that can not provide RORO service, like Hanoi, Vietnam, and you can put the equipment back together, then containerization is the answer.

Keep in mind that a significant consideration with containerization is when you have to use more than one container for your cargo. The extra cost will generally offset any significant savings over RORO.

This is a RoRo ship:

All you need to do is ROLL ON ROLL OFF (RoRo) your construction vehicle onto the ship. It stays in one piece. There is no dismantling as there normally is with container.

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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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