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Why You Should Hire an International Car Shipping Company

Auto transport using a car shipping company is an easy and convenient way to import your vehicle to a country overseas. Although some may argue that there are more time-efficient ways to transport your car from the USA to UK, overseas shipping is highly reliable, provided you choose the right shipping company.

Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of hiring an international shipping company.

• Professionalism

When you choose a reputable shipping company, you can be sure that the staff has the experience and know-how topick up, transport, and deliver your car in a safe and timely manner. The company also has a dedicated customer service that offers additional guidance throughout the shipping process to the UK.

• Savings

Long distance drives come with their own expenses. For instance, you have to fuel your car and book accommodation along the way. Choosing a professional shipping company will save you hundreds of dollars on fuel, lube, oil, food passes, and mechanical repairs that may arise while driving long distances.

• Peace of mind

A reliable shipping company will make sure your car is handled carefully. In addition, companies likes Ship Overseas will assist you with purchasing marine insurance to protect yourself against any loss or damage.

• Competitive rates

The cost of importing your car to UK depends on your shipping preference. There are many options to choose from depending on your budget, including the cost-effective RoRo shipping and container shipping.

• Flexibility

In addition to providing shipping services, most international shipping companies can also arrange to transport your car to the departure port in the USA and also pick it up from the UK arrival port of your choosing. If you are unable to transport the car yourself, the shipping company may have resources in place to deliver the car to any address you provide.

• Safety

Trustworthy shipping companies abide by the rules and regulations set by various regulatory bodies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Companies licensed by these institutions undergo continuous safety checks which are readily available on the organizations’ official websites. In that way, you can run a background check of the company you wish to hire and estimate if they can really guarantee the safety of your car during the shipment.

At Ship Overseas, we understand the various steps and requirements for importing a car from the USA into Europe. Contact us today for a free quote and have your car shipped to the UK safely and in a timely manner, with compliance to all national and international regulations. Well-executed shipping may prove instrumental for the overall import process.



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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