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Military Car Shipping Services

Ship Overseas Inc. is the leading provider for shipping your car internationally. It is our honor to serve the Active Military community, as a highly reputable provider of international car shipping services. Ship Overseas Inc. has more than 3 decades of experience as a freight forwarder. Our Team specializes in shipping, Cars, SUVs, RVs, Motorhomes, Heavy Machinery, Boats, Yachts and Motorcycles to Europe, Africa, Latin America and The Middle East. Ship Overseas Inc. can also support with importing cars internationally into the USA. As a licensed NVOCC by the Federal Maritime Commission (license # 019334) we provide Roll-on/Roll-off and Container shipping services as well as, a variety of other car shipping options. When working with Ship Overseas Inc. you’ll have service access to more than 390 national and international destination ports. Our expert Team also specializes in shipping cars for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. After more than 34 years of service as an international car shipping company you can trust that we deliver! Our commitment to you, is to help you with each step of shipping your vehicle. We will ensure the process of shipping your vehicle overseas will be simple and stress-free.


Cost & Time To Ship Your Military Vehicle Examples

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.


POV Transfer Requirements

  1. 1. The car must be owned or being leased by a member of the military or a dependent
  2. 2. The auto must be self-propelled and legal on public highways
  3. 3. If a leased vehicle, written consent for transport must be included from the third party
  4. 4. Must have four wheels or more, with exceptions for mopeds and motorcycles


What to consider when shipping military vehicles overseas

There are many moving parts that go into being re-located to a base overseas. We have the pleasure of serving many of our Active Military clients as they ship their cars to Europe. What we’ve found is there are six points to consider as an Active member of The Military shipping your car overseas.

Before outlining these 6 points, we just wanted to clarify that no car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. The only exception to this rule is people who serve in the US Military as well as Government employees/contractors. In these cases, a letter of authorization from the lender will be needed to issue a pass from US Customs.

We have some great news. The government will pay to ship one car to your overseas destination. Below you’ll find the 6 key points that will support your overseas car shipping process.

Limitations — You will be limited by your car’s type and weight. The government will pay to ship a typical family car but not something that’s recreational or oversized. Your family sedan will usually pass the test, but you may have to make alternative plans for shipping your oversized truck or SUV overseas.

Vehicle Modifications — Many military members take great pride in personalizing their car by adding fun modifications to it. Those modifications, completed using local standards and laws, may not be legal in other countries. Additionally, some non-factory modifications must meet special requirements to be shipped. The regulations vary, so be sure to check with your transportation or relocation office for information specific to your new duty station. This will set you up for a smooth process when shipping your vehicle overseas.

Time limits — While you may have to follow a strict timeline while relocating, there are multiple time limits when shipping your POV. Departure and return shipping times vary by service branch so be sure to discuss the terms with your transportation or relocation office and plan accordingly.

Weight — Weight limitations for cars are very strict. While your car may tip the scales 500 pounds below the weight limit, don’t assume that will give you unlimited space to pack personal items inside your vehicle while shipping overseas. There are Military guidelines detailing what can be shipped overseas inside your vehicle.

Licensing — Once you reach your destination, you will need to follow local licensing and registration laws. These laws vary significantly from country to country, and deadlines for registering your vehicle tend to be tight. Review these guidelines with your relocation office so that you can plan accordingly and avoid fines while shipping your car overseas.

Buying a car at your destination — For some Military families, two cars are simply a necessity. For others, the option to save and enjoy a lower sticker price for a foreign car is a total win. Whatever the motivating factor, many people opt to purchase a car while overseas. Keep in mind that the regulations listed above also apply when moving back. Different countries have different standards and some cars in foreign countries — even American cars — may not be legal to drive in the United States. If you purchase a car overseas, do your research so you don’t run into any issues when returning home.


Ship Overseas Inc. is your resource to ship military cars overseas. Ship Overseas Inc. is also a reputable provider to ship military cars. Our company specializes in military car shipping overseas.  While there are several modalities that will provide a successful overseas shipping experience when shipping a military car from the US, the team at Ship Overseas Inc. highly recommends exploring our top two overseas shipping methods.

RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships are vessels built for shipping wheeled cargo, more specifically – shipping cars and motorcycles. The vehicles are driven on to the ship as if it were a floating parking garage.

Container Shipping – Container shipping means that a vehicle is shipped in a container; there is also the option to select an Exclusive Container.

Our Competitive Advantage

  • Our shipping rate includes your AES port filing fee, and the express mail fee to return your vehicle documents.
  • You never have to pay in advance to place your shipping order. You only pay when your vehicle is ready to be loaded onto the ship.
  • We are a licensed NVOCC shipper Lic.# 019334, and we only specialize in international vehicle shipping.
  • We ship 1000s of vehicles which affords us to negotiate with shipping lines huge volume discounts directly, to provide you with the best shipping rates.
  • Our weekly schedule of departures means less delays for your vehicle to depart and to arrive at its destination port.
  • Your RV is handled with the utmost care from start to finish, which is reflected in the highly positive reviews and testimonials we consistently receive from our customer. Read our Customers Feedback here.
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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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