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Shipping My Car Overseas: A How-to Guide

Shipping a vehicle to another country can seem, at first glance, like a very complicated and confusing process, especially if you started your search online. It may seem like there are so many options out there, that it’s hard to separate the good from the bad. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to do that, as well as go into what to expect and plan for when shipping a vehicle to another country. Your general consumer intuition is a good gauge of whether you feel good about a certain overseas auto shipper. Does their website offer an accurate reflection…

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International Car Shipping | Houston, Texas

Some of our recent blog posts have focused on the major port cities around the U.S. and what makes them more (or less) suited for certain types of international auto transport. In this entry, we take a look at another player in the international vehicle shipping industry: Houston, Texas. What makes Houston a good option for shipping a car or truck to another country? Like many of the other cities mentioned in this series, the main factor is that it’s home to one of the largest and busiest shipping ports in the world. Not only is the fourth largest port…

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Get Instant Quotes for International Car Shipping

There was a time when getting an auto transport quote was much more of a process than it is today. So what’s changed exactly? The simple answer is technology, and specifically, the daily use of the internet as a resource in our day-to-day lives. To say it’s changed the industry would be an understatement. A simple web search will yield an overwhelming number of results, even for something that seems like a fairly specific service like shipping a car. Sound familiar? A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy…

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Shipping A Car Overseas Via RORO Ship

Roll on, roll off auto transport is a safe and simple way to ship a vehicle overseas. Also referred to as “RORO” car shipping, it is one of the primary ways that individual vehicles are shipped around the world today. Let’s review the basics of the process of shipping via the RORO method. One of the best aspects of using roll on, roll off auto transport is that it is a simple, affordable, and efficient way to move your vehicle from point A to point B. Unlike other methods that require more preparation, RORO auto transport doesn’t require much in…

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San Francisco International Car Shipping Services

If you’re shipping a car internationally from to the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Port of San Francisco is one your best options. Once one of the busiest ports on the West Coast, the Port of San Francisco has since been surpassed by other major ports such as Los Angeles/Long Beach and Oakland. Due to the limited amount of size available along the peninsula, San Francisco does not handle as much containerized cargo as its neighboring port across the Bay in Oakland. Since there is limited availability of containerized cargo in San Francisco, the predominant method of…

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International Car Shipping Companies In New Jersey

Companies Providing International Shipping Services In New Jersey New Jersey is one of the principal ports for international auto shipments, both for those coming into the U.S. and those being shipped overseas. Due to its location on the eastern seaboard, New Jersey is an ideal spot for shipping a car from the U.S. to countries in western Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, and Latin America. In this blog post, we’ll review the basics of shipping internationally, as well as the best options available when shipping a vehicle internationally from New Jersey. Container Shipping – Of the two primary ways to ship a…

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Shipping A Non-running Vehicle: Do’s & Don’ts

Not all companies can provide auto transport services for non-running cars, mainly because special equipment is often needed. In order to load an inoperable vehicle onto the transport carrier, a piece of equipment called a winch is often required, which is an additional accessory that doesn’t come standard on transport trucks. Additionally, they can be a bit difficult to operate at times and these two factors generally mean the service comes with a small added fee, usually $50 to $100 per vehicle.  What qualifies as a “non-running car”? – Any vehicle that cannot be driven effectively and safely is considered…

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International Car Shipping | Long Beach, California

Shipping a vehicle internationally from Long Beach is much easier than most other areas, mainly because the city is home to one of the largest shipping ports in the U.S. The Port of Long Beach is the busiest one in the U.S., outside of the nearby Port of Los Angeles, which is one of the busiest in the world. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the details and important things to know when shipping a car overseas from Long Beach and surrounding areas.  Port of Long Beach – As mentioned above the port is one of the…

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Shipping A Car Abroad: Methods & Tips

Shipping a car from one country to another is no simple task and, if you’ve never done so before, there’s a lot of information to absorb. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the different methods for shipping a vehicle abroad, as well as some tips for how to go about it, get the best price, and make sure your car arrives without issue. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.  Methods of Shipment.  There are three main ways to ship…

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International Car Shipping To & From San Diego

Any time you ship a vehicle overseas you are going to need to do plenty of research about the destination country’s taxes, and regulations which might restrict you from shipping your vehicle. There’s no point in shipping your car if it won’t be legal to drive once it arrives. San Diego’s harbors are a great choice when trying to decide where to ship your car from. When you transport your vehicle overseas, shipping out of San Diego- a well-established West coast hub of maritime exchange- is recommended in order to streamline your shipping process. A few reasons why San Diego…

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How Much Does Overseas Car Shipping Cost?

You’ve decided to ship your car overseas, and right about now you are rightly wondering, how much is this going to cost me? The answer is not clear-cut because it depends on a myriad of details that you must navigate in order to cut down on the maximum costs.  It depends on how you ship it, who ships it, and of course, where you are shipping it to. Some countries support a variety of shipping methods, while other regions can only support air freight or containerized shipping (in some cases) in combination with local railway or transport by truck.  Either…

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Shipping A Car Internationally From The Bay Area

There are two major shipping ports in the San Francisco Bay Area: the Port of San Francisco and the Port of Oakland. If you’re having a car shipping to another country from the Bay Area, you can bet it’s going to be from one of the two. Most likely, the Port of Oakland since it’s more suited to auto transport (see below). Port of San Francisco – At one point the busiest port West Coast port, the Port of San Francisco had since passed that mantle on to the Port of Los Angeles. Though vehicles are still shipped internationally from…

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How the Ending of the EV Tax Credit Might Affect EV Vehicle Sales

In 2009, the Federal government created and passed the Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit. It was passed as a way to provide incentives for consumers in the United States to begin purchasing electric cars. However, while it’s still in effect today, an important caveat is that it’s only available to the first 200,000 buyers of a particular electric vehicle model. Once that sales figure is reached, consumers are no longer eligible to receive that tax credit from the Federal government. And with electric car sales increasing significantly since then, many of these potential car buyers might find themselves out of…

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The New Worldwide Success of the Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a classic American sports car that is iconic in how it’s often associated with Americana at its finest. But while it has been a massive success in the United States since Ford released the original Ford Mustang on April 17, 1964, it has never been released on a global scale. In 2014, however, Ford announced plans to bring the Ford Mustang to many parts of the world for the first time, including much of Europe, and analysts and car enthusiasts were eager to see if the Mustang could replicate its sales successes outside of the United…

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Where to Buy Classic Cars

In the United States, classic car auctions are a billion dollar business, and it only seems to be getting bigger. In 2015, there was over $1.45 billion in classic car auction sales. This represents an increase of over 12% in comparison to 2014. Both the sales numbers and the collection of classic cars that are available on the market have continued to increase. But, if you’re a classic car enthusiast and are thinking of buying one or more cars for the first time for your collection, you may be wondering where to begin. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click…

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The Relaxing of Car Import Laws in Australia

If you live outside of the United States and want to import a vehicle into another country, it’s important to be aware of the various import laws that each particular country may have. Even within the European Union, there are specific import laws that are unique to each individual country. While a company such as A-1 Auto Transport will be able to help you out with all of the particularities, it’s nonetheless necessary to have a basic knowledge of the country’s import laws that you’re planning on importing to. Australia is one such country that has a variety of stringent…

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Why Traditional Car Dealerships Are Becoming Obsolete

Let’s make something perfectly clear – car dealerships are not going away anytime soon. They most likely will even be around during the next decade. However, car dealerships are becoming increasingly obsolete, as various market disruptors are threatening their basic business model, thanks to the internet and cutting out the middle man. The main company leading the way to eventually making traditional car dealerships obsolete is Tesla. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car. What Tesla is Doing. Tesla Motors is perhaps…

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Will Self-Driving Cars Ever Be Viable?

Self-driving cars are gaining more and more momentum, especially as Google continues to work away on its own version and with Apple rumored to be working on their own. Already we’ve seen many cars on the market implement many of the same technologies present in self-driving cars, such as lane lock steering and auto brake collision technology. But while many of these technologies are present now in mainstream cars, will a full, 100% autonomous, self-driving car ever be available on the mainstream market? The answer is complicated. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get…

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Tips for Transporting Fleet Vehicles

If you’re a company that operates a fleet of vehicles, such as a rental car company, a construction company, and so forth, one of the issues that you may run into is in how to best ship multiple vehicles at the same time. This is especially challenging for many because, not only does it involve multiple vehicles that need to be transported, but oftentimes, fleet vehicles are not standard types of vehicles. Despite seeming like a daunting task, the following tips will help to ensure that you’re able to transport fleet vehicles with minimal complications. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles…

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The Production Worries That Tesla Faces

Tesla Motors is arguably the most innovative car company in the world today, with many of the opinion that it is truly shaping the future of automobiles. With the recent unveiling of the Model 3, which is scheduled to be its first economically-priced vehicle at just MSRP $35,000 once it’s released, Tesla has continued momentum moving forward. However, Tesla is facing certain criticisms and worries, especially on Wall Street, as one of the main issues that it’s facing is in regards to production worries. A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no…

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Shipping A Car Overseas From The USA

There’s plenty to consider when preparing to ship a vehicle overseas. Whether it’s a permanent move, a car show, or an international vacation, understanding your options and finding the best method to fit your needs will ensure that your experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Air Freight. Air Freight is usually the quickest way to get your car shipped internationally. While damage during transport is unusual with all methods, the comparatively short transit time with Air Freight means less opportunity for accidental damage to your car. Air Freight is, however, a more expensive means of shipment. If cost…

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Air Freight: Shipping A Car Internationally By Plane

Consider Your Budget – Shipping a car by plane is quite expensive when compared to shipping by another method. This should not be understated as it is a service that is generally reserved for high-end, luxury, exotic, vintage, and one-of-a-kind vehicles. Before committing to ship your car by air freight, make sure you have a good understanding of the total cost.  When you ship a car to another country, the costs include more than just how much you pay for auto transport. Import taxes (VAT), duties, and customs all factor into your final cost, in addition to what you pay…

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Finding The Best International Car Shipping Company

Anytime you ship a vehicle, it’s an investment of your time, money, and assuming you find a good company, your trust. Moving a car from one country to another is no small task and it’s essential that you find a qualified, experienced shipper when considering the task of international auto transport. This article will explain how to do just that and cover some of the basics of what you should look for. Transporting a vehicle within the U.S., even from one state to another, is pretty straightforward, but that’s not always the case when shipping to another country. Because of…

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Prepping Your Car For DOD Car Shipping Overseas

You are determined to take your car with you on assignment. Or maybe you can’t part with the one you found on assignment. You know there are other cars. But this is your car. And you want it. Here’s what you need to know in order to ship your POV overseas. DOD (Department of Defense) transport has many similarities to a civilian’s experience of travel, with one key difference- it’s most likely not going to cost you more than the price of insurance, licenses and any taxes. Before you go through all the hullabaloo of preparing to ship your car, determine…

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International Car Shipping From Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the hot spots for auto transport in the U.S. and that also holds true when it comes to shipping internationally. A big part of the reason is that LA is home to the Port of Los Angeles, one the largest and busiest shipping ports in the world. It’s role is so significant in the U.S.–more than $1 billion worth of cargo moves through the port each day–that it is nicknamed “America’s Port.” As you might have guessed, it’s generally easier to ship a car internationally (within the U.S. anyway) if you’re close the Port of Los Angeles….

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Contributing Authors

Joe Webster

Joe WebsterJoe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. After college, he started his career in the…
 

Amanda Williams

Amanda WilliamsAmanda Williams is a mother, an author, and entrepreneur. Her pastimes include the San Diego Padres, anything and everything Disney related, reading for pleasure, running for fun, family trips to Sea World, the San Diego…
 

Neal Kearney

Neal KearneyGraduating from UCSC with a Bachelor's Degree in history, Neal has been an avid writer since childhood and loves writing about anything from automobiles or motorcycles to surfing. Neal has gotten quite a bit of…
 

Angela Caito

Angela CaitoAngela Caito wants to live in a world where love is prevalent, her children are happy, and her waist stays thin no matter how many Oreos she eats. She loves hiking, sailing, surfing, camping and…
 

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