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Are you planning to ship your car overseas? Whether you’re relocating to a new country or selling your vehicle abroad, international car shipping can be a complex process. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Let us walk you through everything you need to know about shipping your car internationally, from the cost to the logistics and everything in between.
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What is International Car Shipping?
International car shipping refers to the process of transporting vehicles from one country to another. Whether you’re moving to a new country, selling your car to an international buyer, or participating in an overseas car show, shipping your car internationally is the most convenient and reliable option. Exotic Car Transport specializes in international car shipping and has been serving customers for nearly 40 years. With our expertise and experience, we can safely ship your car to destinations in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Factors to Consider When Shipping Your Car Overseas
Before you embark on your international car shipping journey, there are several factors you need to consider. These factors will help you make informed decisions and ensure a seamless shipping process.
Destination and Distance
The destination of your car plays a significant role in determining the cost and logistics of shipping. Shipping a car to Europe is generally cheaper than shipping to the Middle East, for example. The distance between the origin and destination ports also affects the transit time. Transit times can range from 7 days to up to 60 days, depending on the destination.
Size and Type of Vehicle
The size and type of your vehicle also impact the shipping cost. Most sedans and regular SUVs have similar shipping costs, but larger vehicles like Chevy Suburbans may have higher costs due to their size. It’s important to provide accurate information about your vehicle, including its dimensions and weight, to get an accurate shipping quote.
Shipping Method: RoRo or Container
There are two main shipping methods for international car shipping: Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) and container shipping.
RoRo shipping involves driving your vehicle onto a specialized ship, where it is securely parked and transported to the destination. This method is typically used for shipping single vehicles and is more cost-effective. However, it offers less protection from external elements.
Container shipping involves loading your vehicle into a shipping container, which provides greater protection from weather conditions and potential damage. This method is recommended for valuable or classic cars that require extra security and protection. However, it is generally more expensive than RoRo shipping.
Customs and Import Regulations
Each country has its own customs and import regulations for vehicles. It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of your destination country before shipping your car. Some countries may require the original title of the vehicle, while others may accept a copy. Working with a reputable international car shipping company like Exotic Car Transport ensures that you comply with all customs and import regulations, as they have extensive knowledge and experience in handling the necessary paperwork.
Tip: Learn more in our International Car Shipping Guide.
Cost of Shipping a Car Overseas
The cost of shipping a car overseas can vary depending on several factors. Here are the key cost considerations:
If you choose door-to-port shipping, where your car is picked up from your location and transported to the nearest port, there will be additional trucking costs. These costs vary depending on the distance and location.
Once your car arrives at the destination port, there will be destination charges that need to be paid. These charges cover services such as unloading the container, customs clearance, and delivery to the designated facility. The exact amount of destination charges depends on the destination country and the services provided.
Import Taxes and Duties
Import taxes and duties are imposed by the destination country and can vary significantly. It’s important to research and understand the import tax and duty rates of your destination country to estimate the additional costs involved. Exotic Car Transport can provide guidance on import taxes and duties for different countries.
Marine insurance is an optional cost but highly recommended for added protection. This insurance covers any damage to your vehicle during transit. The cost of marine insurance is typically 1.75% of the value you wish to insure your car for. It provides peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is protected against unforeseen events.
Documents Required for International Car Shipping
Shipping a car internationally requires several important documents. Here’s a list of the essential documents you’ll need:
Title of the Vehicle
The title of the vehicle is the most crucial document for international car shipping. It proves ownership and is required for customs clearance at both the origin and destination ports. Make sure you have the original title or a copy, depending on the requirements of the destination country.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a legal document issued by the shipping company. It serves as a receipt for the transportation of your vehicle and contains important information such as the origin and destination ports, the shipping method, and the description of the vehicle. Keep a copy of the bill of lading for your records.
Bill of Sale
The bill of sale is a document that proves the sale or transfer of ownership of the vehicle. It includes details such as the purchase price, the buyer and seller’s information, and the vehicle’s identification number. This document may be required for customs clearance at the destination port.
ID and Other Supporting Documents
You will need to provide a valid ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, to prove your identity during the shipping process. Additionally, certain countries may have specific requirements or additional supporting documents, such as proof of residency or a power of attorney. It’s important to research the specific documentation requirements of your destination country.
The Process of Shipping Your Car Overseas
Shipping your car overseas involves several steps and processes. Here’s a breakdown of the key stages:
Preparing Your Car for Shipment
Before your car is collected for shipping, there are a few important steps you need to take. Disable any alarms and remove any personal belongings from the vehicle. Ensure that your car has no more than a quarter tank of gas. Check for any leaks and ensure that your tires are properly inflated. Finally, lock your car securely before handing over the keys to the trucker.
Pickup and Transportation to Port
Once your car is prepared for shipment, the Exotic Car Transport team will arrange for the pickup of your vehicle from your location. Depending on your shipping method, your car will either be loaded onto a specialized RoRo ship or placed inside a shipping container. The team will transport your vehicle to the nearest port, ensuring its safety and security throughout the journey.
US Customs Clearance
Before your car can be shipped overseas, it must go through US customs clearance. Exotic Car Transport will handle all the necessary paperwork and procedures to ensure a smooth clearance process. Once cleared by customs, your vehicle will be ready for international shipping.
Shipping and Arrival at Destination Port
Your car will be loaded onto a ship for transportation to the destination port. During transit, you can choose to track the progress of your shipment for added peace of mind. Once your car arrives at the destination port, it will go through customs clearance and any necessary inspections. Upon clearance, the car will be ready for pickup or delivery to the designated facility.
Why Choose Exotic Car Transport for International Car Shipping?
When it comes to international car shipping, Exotic Car Transport is the name you can trust.
We specialize in international car shipping and understand the unique requirements and challenges involved. Our team has the knowledge and skills to handle all types of vehicles, including classic cars, exotics, and race cars.
We offer door-to-port and port-to-port shipping options, making the process as convenient as possible for you. Our team will pick up your car from your location and deliver it to the nearest port, handling all the logistics and paperwork along the way.
We believe in providing excellent customer service and support. Our dedicated team is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, guiding you through the entire process and ensuring a smooth experience.