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When importing a car to France, importers often choose car shipping as a means of transporting the vehicle. Depending on various factors, there are different shipping methods to choose from. Read on for an overview of the most frequently used methods for car shipping from the US.

RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) shipping

RoRo shipping is a shipping method for transporting wheeled cargo like motor cars and motorcycles. Just as the name suggests, the vehicles are driven onto and off a RoRo ship by using a ramp. Once the vehicles are loaded into the ship, they are tied in particular spots using unyielding chains to enhance stability during transit. Apart from being highly efficient, the method has proven to be more cost-effective than other techniques. When compared to container shipping, RoRo method is seen as somewhat more reliable because it allows for well-laid arrival and departure times.

Shared container shipping

Some shippers who wish to import their car to France from the USA find this method more convenient because it allows for the shipment of personal belongings along with the car, which is not the case with RoRo shipping. With shared container shipping, vehicles are loaded into a container until it’s full. The car owners share the cost of the shipment. Other financial charges are also lower because the cars share a container. However, this method doesn’t give the exact departure or arrival times like RoRo.

Exclusive container shipping

Unlike the shared container shipping method, with exclusive container shipping, every vehicle is shipped in its own separate container. This is an ideal option if, for instance, you want to import a classic car from the USA to France along with some personal items. This method is more expensive than RoRo shipping or the shared container. This is because the cost of the latter methods is divided among the owners of the vehicles while the burden of all the expenses in the exclusive option falls on a single car owner.

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Instead of hiring a different company to transport the car to the US ports, it is always advisable to hire a company that offers both shipping and transportation to the port. Different companies offer various methods and choosing the best depends on your preferences. Some of them include:

Open auto transport

Due to being less expensive, open auto transport one of the most used car transporting methods in the US. Depending on the size of the carrier truck and the size of the cars, up to 10 cars can be transported at once. On reaching the port, the designated staff offloads the cars safely and loads them into the ship.

Enclosed auto transport

Though somewhat pricier, enclosed auto transport means that your car will be transported to the port in a closed container along with no more than 2 other cars. The vehicles will be protected against external elements. The risk of the vehicle getting damaged is significantly reduced. Note that special ramps are used to get the car into the truck. Customers who choose this transportation method typically ship luxury or classic cars.

If you want to bring your car from the US to France, Ship Overseas is the go-to company for premier international shipping services. Fully licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission and boasting more than 30 years of experience in the shipping business, Ship Overseas is your trustworthy partner.

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.
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.
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.