When it comes to the cost of shipping a vehicle overseas, Ship Overseas Inc. has created countless opportunities for their clients to save. Whether you’re moving overseas as a member of the military or as a civilian, or you’re a classic car owner who travels frequently to international auto shows, you need a reliable way to transport your car, SUV, motorcycle or truck. Shipping vehicles overseas doesn’t have to be an ordeal. In this resource, you’ll learn the cost to ship a car overseas, the requirements to ship a car overseas and how to choose the right international car shipping company for you.


In a recent study completed by Consumer Affairs, they sited that the cost of shipping a car overseas depends on several factors. Such as, overseas shipping method, and the distance your vehicle will travel. The average price range for international shipping is $1,000–$5,000 for transport by sea. However, your final price can range anywhere from $750 to ship a small car by boat to $40,000 to ship an SUV via plane.


*Below you’ll find a graph of average overseas shipping costs based on shipping destinations*


Shipping To:Average Cost:
United States$1,000—$5,000
West Africa$1,500—$2,500


Now, here’s what’s fantastic about all these averages. Since Ship Overseas Inc. has been a leader in the overseas vehicle shipping industry for more than 34 years our team has developed and nurtured many relationships with a variety of international shipping providers. Ship Overseas Inc. has also successfully shipped 1,000s of vehicles each year which gives our clients access to volume shipping discounts. This means that as potential clients receive shipping quotes for international vehicle shipping with Ship Overseas Inc., they will receive the best possible shipping rates. You can trust that we can deliver!



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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