Ports We Ship From in the United Kingdom:
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We offer weekly sailings from ports in the UK to the USA

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from seaports in the UK to the USA. We offer RoRo shipping and additional services, to meet all your auto shipping needs to the USA:

RoRo Shipping

RoRo ships are vessels built for shipping wheeled cargo, more specifically – shipping motor cars and motorcycles. The vehicles are driven on to the ship almost like it was a parking garage. The name Roll-on/Roll-off comes from the fact that vehicles roll-on/roll-off the ramp, which is how they are driven on and off the ship. By contrast, lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels require the vehicles to be lifted by a crane.

Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot (as shown in the picture).

This shipping method has proved highly efficient and extremely cost-effective. When compared to container shipping, it has an additional advantage: it provides reliable departure and arrival dates. The ship’s departure and arrival schedule runs almost like an airline flight schedule.

Also, RoRo shipping is the preferred shipping method for new car manufacturers to ship their own vehicles. In addition to the exact departure and arrival dates, RoRo shipping means that all vehicles are tied down below deck. That way, the vehicles have all the protection against external elements.

Marine Insurance

Ship Overseas recommends that all shipments be insured for transit cargo insurance (marine insurance) on a first dollar basis for losses incurring in transit.

We offer FULL COVER Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your vehicle is loaded onto the Vessel for shipment at a rate of 1.5% of the value you wish to Insure for.
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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.
  • Your own Customer Dashboard to track your shipment in real time, and manage your shipping documents.
  • 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 car 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.
Important info to Ship a Car to the USA:
  • Your car must pass United States EPA & DOT standards so it can pass US Customs. See the “CBP, EPA, DOT Info” info below.
  • When your car arrives in USA, pick it up yourself at the port. You can also opt for us to deliver your car anywhere in USA.
  • To register cars in USA it’ll need to be 25 years or older, unless the car originated in USA and is returning. Temporary auto imports into USA are available for other vehicles for up to one year.
  • Nonresidents can no longer import a private use vehicle into the USA for up to 1 year WITHOUT pre-approval from the EPA in advance of arrival. Previously, nonresidents could bypass the EPA and import a vehicle in to the USA for up toEPA Form 3520-1, Follow the instruction sheet on how to get PRE-APPROVED. Approvals take on average 2 weeks to obtain. Vehicles should not depart Origin Country before permit is authorized. 1 year without any approval required.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
CBP, EPA, DOT Info:

  • Need to know more what CBP requires? Learn here. Essentially, you car must pass US safety, bumper, and smog check (emissions). Make sure you can pass this before shipping the car. If your car cannot pass this, it will be exported back to Germany or destroyed.

  • Here are the EPA emission standards for importing a car from Germany. There is a detailed manual describing the emission requirements.

  • Here is the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety, Bumper and Theft Prevention Standards form. The car you are importing from Germany must pass the DOT safety standards.
Import Duty For USA:
  • Duty Free
    There is no import duty for:
    Returning U.S. citizens (short term)
    US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, US government contractors, US government employees.
    Non-residents may import a vehicle duty-free for personal use up to (1) one year if the vehicle is imported in conjunction with the owner’s arrival.
  • Import Duty for Everyone Else
    Foreign-made vehicles imported into USA are generally dutiable at these rates:
    Auto – 2.5%
    Trucks – 25%
    Motorcycles – either free or 2.4%
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in the UK for the latest information:
    Embassy of the United States
    24 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
    London W1A 2LQ
    UK
    +44 20 7499 9000