International Shipping to Puerto Rico: Car Transport Services

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Ship a Car to Puerto Rico

Planning to ship your car to Puerto Rico? 

We’ve got you covered at Ship Overseas, Inc., with over 30 years of experience in car shipping to Puerto Rico. 

No matter where your car is in the US, we can pick it up and transport it to Florida or Pennsylvania. 

To provide you with a cost estimate, we only need three pieces of information:

  • The year, make, and model of your car
  • The pick-up ZIP code or the nearest port
  • The destination (in this case, Puerto Rico).

We understand the importance of flexibility, and Puerto Rico stands out as it doesn’t impose any vehicle age restrictions. Whether your car is brand new or vintage, you can ship it without limitations.

Pick Up for International Shipping to Puerto Rico

For pick-up, we can collect your car from any location in the USA and take it to the shipping docks. Regular cars will be transported on an open carrier truck, while exotic cars like Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini will be securely transported inside a closed transport truck. 

While you can transport the vehicle, consider additional costs like gas, hotels, return airfare, and food.

Departure Shipping Ports for International Shipping to Puerto Rico

Our departure shipping ports are:

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Eddystone, PA.

You can choose between door-to-port auto transport or other options based on your preferences.

Arrival at the Shipping Terminal in Spain for International Shipping to Puerto Rico

Upon arrival at the shipping terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the individual picking up your car must have a valid ID and cash to cover associated fees. 

It’s important to note that Ship Overseas, Inc. is responsible for the transport from the USA to San Juan, while you’ll need to manage expenses such as destination fees and import/duty taxes.

Car Shipping from PR to USA (From San Juan to USA)

The following paperwork and supplies must be provided with the car before shipping:

  • The Master Bill of Lading document, the vehicle’s current registration, and the title of ownership;
  • A copy of the owner’s driver’s license
  • The owner must present a Certificate of “No Fines” due, stamped with a $11.00 fee and accompanied by a $2.00 voucher code 842, suitable for three days, starting on the day it is completed. Public Works
  • Internal Revenue (Hacienda) $10, code 5122, and $2.00 voucher code 842 for every vehicle; Certificate of Pressure Wash and Clean, covering the motor and underneath the vehicle. (acceptable in collections) (APPROVED for every car)
  • From the owner, an original Power of Attorney by a lawyer in Puerto Rico authorizing shipment. Services to ship the vehicle. Also, when the owner is absent, they must approve the person delivering the unit.
  • When the unit is a company-owned vehicle, a corporate letter must be authorizing the shipment submitted.
  • Letter from the bank (original and notarized) authorizing the shipment if the unit has an active loan;
  • All vehicles have to be pre-inspected by the Puerto Rico Police Stolen Department that corresponds to the customer’s residence. (Valid for five days);
  • Original certificates of no debt with ACAA. Tel.: (787) 759-8989 (Valid for 20 days);
  • All vehicles may have no more than 1/4 tank of fuel;
  • No personal items inside of the vehicles will be accepted. Only the spare tire and a jack in the truck are allowed.
  • An original Power of Attorney from the owner, signed by a Puerto Rican attorney, approving the shipment. Services for transporting the car. Additionally, the owner must permit the person delivering the unit if they are not present.
  • A corporate letter authorizing the shipment must be submitted if the vehicle is a company vehicle.
  • If the unit has an active loan, an original, notarized letter from the bank authorizing the shipment; 
  • Every vehicle must be pre-inspected by the Puerto Rico Police Stolen Department at the customer’s address. (Valid for five days);
  • Original ACAA certificates of no debt faxed to (787) 759-8989 (Valid for twenty days); 
  • No more than 1/4 tank of fuel allowed in any vehicle
  • Personal belongings left inside cars won’t be accepted. The truck’s spare tire and jack are the only permitted things.

Cost Considerations for International Shipping to Puerto Rico

  • Car shipping from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico starts at $1257.
  • Vehicle shipping from Eddystone, Pennsylvania, to Puerto Rico starts at $1463.

These costs cover shipping from port to port. The size of your car, whether it is leaving from Florida or Pennsylvania, and whether you want us to pick it up at your front door will all affect the cost.

Departure & Arrival Ports, Starting Costs, & Shipping Duration

Departure and arrival ports, starting costs, and estimated shipping times are as follows:

  • From Jacksonville, FL to San Juan, PR: $1257, transit time 5-7 days via RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off).
  • From Eddystone, PA to San Juan, PR: $1463, transit time 5-7 days via shared container.

We offer weekly shipments from Jacksonville, FL, and Eddystone, PA.

Cars departing from Eddystone will be transported via a shared container, and it’s important to note that no personal belongings are allowed inside the car for either RoRo or container shipping.

The transit time is based on when the ship sets sail.

Shipped my car from NC to Puerto Rico. They took care of the transport of my car from NC to the port in FL, and then on the ship from FL to PR. The staff was very responsive to all communications I sent, especially while my car was in transit. I always knew exactly where my vehicle was. Very kind and helpful staff, especially when I was just calling to inquire in the beginning. Will use them again if I ever need to ship my car back stateside.
Brittany B.
Brittany B.
01:51 18 Mar 22
We recommend Shipoverseas for their top-notch international shipping services. They transported our Mazda 6 from California to Galveston, Texas, and onward to Derince, Turkey. The entire process was smooth, with the car arriving in perfect condition within few months. Jack, Gary, and Miron our contacts at the company, provided prompt communication and timely updates throughout. Their accessibility in addressing any concerns were valuable. With this positive experience, we plan to be regular customers!
Melisa D.
Melisa D.
22:39 04 Feb 24
We shipped our vehicle from Hawaii to Belgium. We contacted several companies online. Miron from Ship Overseas was the first to get back to us. This was our first time shipping a vehicle internationally and we had no idea what the entire process was going to be like. Some of the reviews we read said the company wasn't very responsive or communicative. We had quite the opposite experience. Miron communicated with us every step of the way. Communication was extremely important to us as this was quite a complicated process. Miron answered all our questions and provided all necessary details of the process. He was also very upfront with the fees and even advised us of what fees to expect here in Belgium. Our car made it to Belgium on schedule without any hassle. Miron's contact here in Belgium was also very thorough. I recommend Miron from Ship Overseas 100%.
Kakay T.
Kakay T.
11:01 29 Aug 23
Highly recommended. Paul, Miron, and team were very thorough/detail oriented. It was my first time having a car shipped from Europe which I purchased. He made sure I had all the paperwork needed. They also arranged transportation both to and from the ports.
Dave M.
Dave M.
13:11 03 Jul 23
I feel bad as I see a lot of people writing bad comments about this company. I've NEVER had a problem with them. NEVER.(Regarding the negative reviews..)Ship overseas is not an insurance provider, but rather a shipping company -- you must make sure to get insurance when shipping your vehicle so that no damages occur to it. They don't own the ship, nor workers, and of course as a result cannot guarantee the people on the ship won't damage your car.ShipOverseas is my go-to when I have to ship my cars. Which sounds funny to say, but I've actually shipped my car multiple times with them.Jack, one of the agents and owner is always very helpful, and does a great job of putting in trust in clients by making sure you understand the process in detail.I've transported my CLA45 AMG from the US to Belgium, without a problem, and have shipped it back, and am now buying a new car and shipping it back!You could say I'm somewhat of a (very happy) repeat customer – Photos for reference!
Emil H.
Emil H.
23:21 24 Apr 23
We highly recommend Shipoverseas services! Not only are they specialized in shipping gas/diesel motor operated cars but also specialize in shipping EV vehicles as well. We used there International shipping services to ship a 2022 Porsche Taycan to Dubai. The car arrived in less than a month in perfect shape, same as leaving our location. We worked with both Jack and Gary, both were great communicating and providing a timely status update. We will definitely be a regular customer! Thank you Jack and Gary!
Sam K.
Sam K.
15:51 09 Feb 23
Thank you Miron and Ship Overseas Team for helping me ship my car to Finland. I appreciate your response when I needed answers. Also many thanks for helping me find an agent in Kotka, Finland.I will definitely refer your company to my friends and colleagues.
Yacine M.
Yacine M.
08:01 14 Oct 22
This Company’s dedicated professionals helped me sort through the all of paperwork and I had my vehicle within the timeframe promised.
L. C.
L. C.
03:08 19 Sep 22
Very professional when it comes to shipping my vehicle to Central America
Kendra G.
Kendra G.
19:39 12 Aug 22
We got a really good services. Jack always answers your so many questions with a short delay , for sure in the day , most of the time in the hour ( and in the minute too ). Really good communication. That's why we choose Ship Over Seas from the other company quotes we received. Good services , good prices , that's the criteria for our choice we don't regret at all. Thanks again.
JF G.
JF G.
18:10 03 Jun 22
The company made it easy to ship my car overseas. No fuss and no problems!
Abe R.
Abe R.
08:40 18 Apr 22
Shipped my car to Nigeria . It was fast and easy . Best part they handles majority of the work . Very convenient and definitely will go through them again .
Heather :.
Heather :.
14:24 12 Apr 22
Very reliable agents. Thanks for being there for us!
Great and fast service. I ship my car from Baltimore to Wiesbaden Germany only took 5 weeks and the process was fast and easy
Carlos P.
Carlos P.
00:18 19 Mar 22
Nigeria. Thanks
Humphrey Osazee O.
Humphrey Osazee O.
08:51 17 Mar 22
Very helpful, quick response to questions. Shipped my car to Costa Rica, no issues what so ever. I had shipped cars previously with other companies but Ship Overseas helped with the best solution which for my needs was RORO. I will definitely ship with them again, thanks again SHIP Overseas..
Robert M.
Robert M.
00:03 17 Mar 22
Super business partner, fast and correct shipment of my car.ThanksDany
dany L.
dany L.
19:14 16 Mar 22
Shipped my vehicle from Newark, NJ to Southampton, United Kingdom safely and quickly. All the complicated paperwork was laid out clearly for me to figure out the process. I was able to drive my own car in England a few weeks after dropping it off in the US. Would recommend!
Cai Y.
Cai Y.
14:11 16 Mar 22
Very good service. I was shipping for the first time and they helped me with everything that needed to be done.
Luka B.
Luka B.
06:53 16 Mar 22
Thank you for shipping my car
Hareb A.
Hareb A.
04:34 16 Mar 22
We shipped our car to Uganda from California and the services were exceptionally good 👍, regular feedback and updates were excellent and provided a peace of mind.
Fred K.
Fred K.
01:34 16 Mar 22
I used Ship Overseas back in 2019 to ship my 2008 Harley Softtail from Galveston Texas to Belgium. I forget exactly how long it took, perhaps in the two month range. However, the bike did eventually arrive and was completely ready for me at pickup. They even handled all the import paperwork etc. My only complaint would be that somehow the bike had accumulated almost 100 extra miles on it from when I dropped in off, and picking it up. Perhaps they needed to run it around the boat a few 1000 times. Also, there were a couple of parts missing from my saddle bags. Lesson: NEVER leave anything that can't be bolted to the object you are shipping. Otherwise, great service and a very good shipping experience.
Vincent P.
Vincent P.
22:41 15 Mar 22
Shipped my car from the Netherlands to the US(via Belgium), everything went smoothly. The whole thing was relatively painless.
Daniel S.
Daniel S.
22:12 15 Mar 22
Everything was ok. Thanks!
Carlos Paz S.
Carlos Paz S.
20:24 15 Mar 22
ShipOverseas was a great partner in shipping a Chevy Bolt EV to Helsinki Finland. The representatives provided easily understood descriptions of the roll on-roll off process, required paperwork, payments, etc. We drove the car onto the Galveston, TX dock with an accompanying guide. It was 100% smoothly accomplished. The car was transferred in Germany without problems (it is an electric vehicle with some unique starting characteristics) and offloaded near Helsinki, Finland. The photo shows incredibly clean conditions at the destination despite weeks at sea. I can highly recommend ShipOverseas for safe, economical, and successful vehicle shipping.
Leora E.
Leora E.
20:05 15 Mar 22
Our company, Jackson Creek Mfg., Inc. has used Ship Overseas, Inc. numerous times to ship vehicles overseas and have always received excellent service. Great company to work with!
Warren B.
Warren B.
20:00 15 Mar 22
Used to ship from NY to Germany. Process was easy and straightforward. Saved money versus buying a second vehicle overseas. Would use again.Good communication throughout. Thank you.
John W.
John W.
19:19 15 Mar 22
Vehicle was shipped without any issues, easy process.
Michal D.
Michal D.
19:16 15 Mar 22
If you never had your car shipped before, I can tell you that it can be a very fearful, and stressful event, but I can vouch 1st hand that this agency took all the thought fear and stress away! We moved my XT-5 from DFW to overseas (Bahrain). We didn't have any issues, and it was relatively fast considering it's been shipped across the seas. I will 100% recommend this company to anyone and everyone. Hassle-free and delivers what was promised. I'll definitely be using them whenever we decide to return stateside!
Ehte P.
Ehte P.
19:08 15 Mar 22
i shipped an 89' Land Rover Defender from italy to the US without troubles, they took care of all docs and around 60 days later the car was at the port in VA. i'd definitely use them again in the future.
Magnum Opus C.
Magnum Opus C.
19:07 15 Mar 22
I shipped two cars from Savannah to Germany. Super easy process and the rates were better than anyone elses that i was getting for the same route. Would recommend them to anyone for their shipping needs. They helped along the way to get the documents needed and explained the process clearly so i knew exactly what needed to be done to have my cars on the boat that I needed them to be on. Pickup on the other side was easy as well with who shipoverseas was partnered with where my vehicles arrived. They were in contact with me often so i knew that the vehicles were on time and when to have everything ready. I will certainly be in touch again when it's time to return from my oversea travels. Thanks for the smooth process!
B H.
B H.
20:06 24 Feb 22
Timely service and my car arrived in the same condition I dropped it off in. Great job!
Johnnie V
Johnnie V
18:42 22 Feb 22
Myron took great care of me on shipping 2 vehicles to Germany. Accurate quotes and great communications.
Michael Birlin (.
Michael Birlin (.
11:42 22 Feb 22
It was an easy an quick process
Rudolf de J.
Rudolf de J.
09:19 22 Feb 22
Ship overseas helped me ship my car to senegal when some companies refused to do so in the heat of corona virus.thank you for your professionalism.
Kade M.
Kade M.
03:44 22 Feb 22
My car purchase and shipping to the Middle East was full of challenges and complications, however the one thing that was 100% smooth was the part handled by Miron from Ship Overseas. Great service and communication from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
William E.
William E.
03:35 22 Feb 22
This company and team were tremendously professional & also the least expensive company I found. I researched quite a few before settling on ShipOverseas. I’m glad I chose them, they were able to deliver my vehicle to my destination port in Korea when others said they could only deliver to one port in Korea and for less money. I will definitely use them again and recommend anyone shipping anyone to consult with ShipOverseas.com. Well done!
Robert Gibson (.
Robert Gibson (.
03:06 22 Feb 22
These guys are super, fair priced and very helpful.
Mike C.
Mike C.
00:28 22 Feb 22
I have used them few times and they on point great service and always answer all my request in timely manor.
Moe A.
Moe A.
14:09 21 Feb 22
Hello Tere! Last summer I sent my car to Estonia. I was scared little bit because it was my first time ( maybe even last!) to do this kind of thing. But it went very smoothly - unexpectedly . Most difficult thing was driving myself to the port, but I did it! I could order somebody from Ship Overseas, but it cost money. And paperwork was pretty normal. The same day, I left to the airport, I got phone call that they sent car title to my old address. Wow! I thought that this title goes directly to the Estonian port, but I was wrong. They sent this very important paper over to my son.It arrived on time when I was ready to show car documents to the toll office. Everything ended very well ! Thanks to Ship Overseas. And , by the way, sending my car to Estonia was much, much cheaper than other companies offered. I am thankful !!!
Lydia K.
Lydia K.
13:24 21 Feb 22
Ship Overseas did a great job. There's no reason to use anyone else.
Taylor B.
Taylor B.
13:22 18 Feb 22
Ship Overseas is a 6 star organization. They have answered all my shipping questions and provided rapid thorough service each and every time. Look no further, Your overseas shipper search is over.
VanniGio V.
VanniGio V.
08:20 18 Feb 22
Very trustworthy company, they were always available to resolve issues with the correspondant at destination, no surprises, my Boat arrived as promised
HSA
HSA
03:51 18 Feb 22
Overseas is the best definitelyNo complaints i received my suv without scratch no missing parts
Donald B.
Donald B.
00:59 18 Feb 22
First time I sent a vehicle with this company, and I will be using them to sent another one, they were very helpful.
Joash E.
Joash E.
00:14 18 Feb 22
Shipped several cars with this company to Nigeria.Exceptional service. Drawback is the vehicle hauling that wasn't reliable. Granted no fault of ship overseas.Ship Overseas is my go to shipper.
sylvanus M.
sylvanus M.
22:17 17 Feb 22
Great and reliable service. Thank you. Will always use your company.
Ricardo Q.
Ricardo Q.
18:59 17 Feb 22
Used this company 3 times for an overseas PCS. Would do it again if I had to.
Michael M.
Michael M.
18:33 17 Feb 22
Great service at a reasonable cost !!!
Ronald R.
Ronald R.
18:28 17 Feb 22
I have worked with this company for many years. We started shipping cars overseas in 2004. They are the BEST! They take a serious interest in making sure your car gets where it needs to go and will walk you through all the steps to make it a smooth move! We have shipped many cars to the UK and Germany as well as several to Bahrain, I cannot imagine using anyone else. Jack, Paul, Miron and April all made my job a lot easier for over 18 years
Joanie D.
Joanie D.
18:26 17 Feb 22
Shipped twice with them. No idea what I was doing, but they were helpful, always available to answer questions, and made it very easy.
J J
J J
18:14 17 Feb 22
It has been a great and exciting experience to have our car being shipped from New Mexico to Spain.
Fernando M.
Fernando M.
18:03 17 Feb 22
everything is fine, gladly again
Beat Thomas S.
Beat Thomas S.
15:27 11 Feb 22
Om my GOSH! Words can't express how grateful I am for the experience I had with Ship Overseas. Living and working overseas can be a challenge but when I called they knew exactly what to do. Other shipping companies gave a long list of the things I needed, the paperwork, questions, and the costs. Overseas got me situated in one phone call. It was fabulous!!
Vitania Q.
Vitania Q.
18:21 10 Feb 22
Ship Overseas has great rates and staff! After using them to ship my car to Germany I knew I would use them when returning to the US as well. I did get quotes both times from numerous companies but no one could beat Ship Overseas. Shipping is a breeze with them and their staff are great at getting back to you in a timely manner!
Hallie Q.
Hallie Q.
17:41 10 Feb 22
So far, I'm well pleased with the service I've received from Ship Overseas. Whenever I had a question, it was answered quickly and thoroughly. Thanks!
Christopher M.
Christopher M.
16:55 10 Feb 22
Everything went very smoothly with no problems!
John O.
John O.
15:28 10 Feb 22
They handled my car's transport 100% positive. It was not their fault that my radio was stolen somewhere along the path, port houston, Sirius leader, or port Limon, God only knows.
Tim P.
Tim P.
15:27 10 Feb 22
Excelente experiencia en todos los aspectos
Jorge Luis L.
Jorge Luis L.
15:09 10 Feb 22
I've used their service five times. I'm very satisfied. They are very reliable.
gigolok529
gigolok529
14:49 10 Feb 22
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Meet the Spanish Speaking Team

Kendra
Shipping Agent
Call or Text (858) 289-4922

Handles incoming quotes and shipments to Latin America. Kendra also speaks Spanish

Ricardo
Shipping Agent
Call or Text (858) 877-9577

Handles incoming quotes in English and Spanish. He also handles a lot of Whatsapp & FB Messenger.

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

To get the latest information on import duty, contact the Department of Hacienda. Please give the Department of Hacienda your VIN # or the year/make/model of your car and they will give you the price of import tax before you ship your car.

Department of Hacienda

Edificio Intendente Ramírez

10 Paseo Covadonga

San Juan, 00901

Tel: (787) 622-0123 (general line) or 787-721-0338 (Office of Excise Taxes, better number)

P.O. Box 9024140

San Juan, P.R. 00902-4140

http://www.hacienda.gobierno.pr/contactenos

For destination charges, bring between $100-$150 in cash to have someone offload and release your car. Destination charges are not included in your quote.

Shipping a Car to Puerto Rico for Military & Gov’t Contractors

US Military PCS to Puerto Rico​

Any military personnel who has a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) can use our service. We are authorized shippers for the military.

POV Transfer Requirements for Military​

Letter of Authorization from the lien holder if there are any liens
The auto must be in working condition

For more information, read about military car shipping.

Storage Fees

Once your car arrives in San Juan, PR, you will have 5 calendar days to pick up car. Once those 5 days are over, then you’ll incur storage fees of approximately $8/day.

Optional Marine Insurance

Everyone in Puerto Rico knows that hurricane season is from June 1st and ends on November 30th. The cost of marine insurance is 1.75% of the value you wish to cover. We highly recommend purchasing marine insurance if you cannot afford to come out of pocket for repairs or loss.

You can learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Documents Required to Ship Car to Puerto Rico

  1. Copy of Title
  2. Copy of ID
  3. Letter of Authorization from lien holder if the car is not paid off

Vehicle Registration

Contact the PR DMV for information on vehicle registration.

Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works

Box 41269
Minillas Station
San Juan, PR 00940-1269
(787) 722-2929
https://dtop.pr.gov/

For people in the military, talk to your Officer in Charge and he/she will handle the registration for you.  You’ll also be getting your military tags for your base.

Shipping Methods

Two Types of Shipping Methods

RoRo Shipping to San Juan, PR from Jacksonville, FL

RoRo (Roll on Roll off) ships are designed for the transportation of vehicles and heavy machinery. In essence, your car will be driven onto the ship instead of being placed inside a container and lifted onto the vessel. The most frequent shipments on RoRo ships are cars and motorcycles. If you intend to ship a motorcycle to Puerto Rico, it will be shipped from Jacksonville, FL, using a RoRo ship. Additionally, if you need to transport a boat to Puerto Rico, it must depart from Jacksonville, FL.

RoRo shipping typically offers more cost-effective rates in comparison to container shipping. When your car is transported via RoRo, you can count on reliable departure and arrival dates, unlike container shipping, which may have less predictable schedules.

Container Shipping to San Juan, PR from Eddystone, PA

All shipments between Eddystone and San Juan are via container shipping

Shared Container

With a shared container, your car will be shipped inside a container with 3 other cars. In other words, you will be sharing a container.

Nothing can be inside the trunk except for the jack and spare tire. No personal belongings can be shipped within the car or container. All cars must be in running condition.

Payment Methods

Payment needs to be made upfront, also known as pre-pay.

Credit Card & Zelle

A vast majority of people shipping cars to Puerto Rico pay via credit card or Zelle.

We don’t add any extra fees if you are paying by Zelle Pay. Basically, Zelle is bank-to-bank.

When making a payment by credit card, there is a 3% service fee, which amounts to approximately $40. Many people opt for Zelle to avoid this $40 fee.

Wire Transfer or Cashier’s Check

We also accommodate wire transfers as a payment method. Although wire transfers are commonly used by individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for car shipments, most residents of Puerto Rico do not use this method, as they typically have American bank accounts.

Canceling Your Order

In the rare event that you need to cancel your order, please notify us via email. Typically, the payment will be refunded using the same payment method you selected, with a $300 cancellation fee applied.

Buying a Car in USA Online

Numerous online car buying websites offer a range of options, including used cars, new cars, and even salvage title cars. It’s worth noting that Puerto Rico accepts salvage title cars. To minimize transportation expenses, it’s advisable to purchase a car online in proximity to Jacksonville, FL, or Eddystone, PA, which are close to the departure ports. Buying as close as possible to these ports can significantly reduce your overall shipping costs.

Here are four websites where you can purchase cars online:

CARMAX

CarMax, a nationwide chain of auto dealerships, maintains fixed pricing for their vehicles.

ENTERPRISE CAR SALES

Enterprise Car Sales operates dealerships throughout the USA, and they offer fixed pricing for their vehicles.

COPART

If you’re interested in purchasing a salvaged car online, Copart is a suitable auction website to explore. It’s important to note that if you plan to buy a salvaged car and ship it to Puerto Rico, the vehicle must be in working condition. We do not provide towing services onto the ship; the car should be operable and driven onto the vessel.

AUTO TRADER

Auto Trader is a car marketplace where both dealerships and private sellers list their vehicles for sale.

If you purchase a car online, you can contact us to arrange pickup and shipping to Puerto Rico.

Additional Information

  • Destination handling charges range from $100 to $150 for unloading and releasing the vehicle at the port.
  • For Import Fee/Duty inquiries, please contact the Department of Hacienda at 787-721-0338.
  • You will need to provide either a clear Title of Ownership without any liens or a Letter of Authorization from your lienholder if your car is not fully paid off.
  • If you purchased a new car, your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • In the case of a used vehicle, both the Seller and Buyer must sign the back of the Title as indicated in the designated spaces on the back.
  • All vehicles should have less than a quarter tank of gas.

USA Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you.

Preparing Your Car for Shipment to Puerto Rico

  • Deactivate the alarm system. To maintain a good relationship with the truck driver and prevent any unwanted alarms during transport, be sure to disable any alarm systems your vehicle may have.
  • Avoid refueling. Since your vehicle is being transported and not driven, there’s no need to fill the tank before loading. Furthermore, a full tank adds unnecessary weight, which can pose a risk during shipment. It’s best to leave as little fuel in the tank as possible when preparing your vehicle for transport.
  • Inspect for leaks. Before your car or truck is loaded onto the transport truck, carefully examine the undercarriage for any visible leaks. If your vehicle has a significant leak, the car shipping company may decline service. If you identify a leak, ensure it’s repaired before moving day.
  • Check tire pressure. Properly inflated tires are essential, as under-inflated or over-inflated tires pose risks during transport, just as they do on the road. Incorrect tire pressure increases the likelihood of tire damage, especially during loading and unloading. Keeping your tires adequately inflated will mitigate this risk.
  • Remove custom accessories. To prevent potential damage to oversized custom accessories like car spoilers, it’s advisable to remove any unique parts or accessories from your vehicle before it’s loaded onto the truck.
  • Secure the vehicle. Once your vehicle is on the auto transport truck, there’s no need for it to be accessed until delivery. Locking it securely ensures its protection during transit.

Who Can Pick Up The Vehicle in Puerto Rico

You can have a friend or family member pick up the car in San Juan. Just inform us a few days before the ship sails so we can update the paperwork. The person picking up the car needs to provide a photo ID, a copy of the Title of Ownership, and a short notarized letter (2-3 sentences) granting permission to retrieve the vehicle. Please be aware that if you make changes after your cargo is loaded on the ship, there may be a fee imposed by the shipping line.