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Auto Ship Transport: Shipping A Car By Boat

What's in this article?
  1. Before The Adventure
  2. Choosing The Transportation
  3. Choosing The Insurance
Shipping Your Car Overseas

Shipping your car overseas is an expensive and a major move which cannot be taken lightly. Hence it is vital to know as much as possible about auto ship transport before embarking upon the venture. The price for shipping will be much higher than domestic transportation which will not require a cargo ship. Before you choose your company, compare quotes from various companies as you will get to save as much as $500 when you do your research well. Also you can consider the following points to further reduce the cost of shipping.

Before the Adventure

There are certain things that are unique to shipping that you as the car owner will have to take care of and they are as follows.

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  • Take care to empty your fuel tank till it reaches the specified amount as it will also make the car lighter for transportation and safer. The lighter weight will also reduce your bill amount as it is the volume that matters when it comes to shipping.
  • Make a note of any scratches or dents in the car prior to the journey.
  • Empty the car of your personal belongings even if they are insured.
  • Take the necessary insurance that your car requires. For example, an expensive or an antique car might require special or extra insurance coverage while an old car can do with just the basic coverage.
  • Take US Customs clearance prior to shipment and you are also required to have a clean and free Title with no liens. You will also need an MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin) and a Salvage Certificate.
  • The shipper will also have to give details such as social security number, passport number, and federal tax number.
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Choosing the Transportation

Containerized shipping is the most preferred type of auto ship transport as it reliable and economical. A 40’ container can carry as much as 6 six if they are small to medium size.

Roll on and Roll off (RORO) is another kind of shipping where the cars are secured inside the ship. This kind of shipping is not preferred when you have to move from the West Coast to East Coast as the route will take one via the Far East and thus take a longer time for delivery. Choose this kind of shipping only if you want it to go from East Coast to Gulf countries or from West Coast to the Far East. When you need to ship the car along the coast you can choose land transportation which will be cheaper.

Choosing The Insurance

Choosing the Insurance

All Risk - This will cover any kind of damage and comes with a deductible and hence is the more expensive one. It is prudent to ensure only for the actual value of the car as you will have to show proof of the value when you need to claim insurance.

Total loss only - This is another insurance choice for auto ship transport and is cheaper than All-risk. However, you will get to claim only if your car disappears while in transit or there is a total loss of your cargo.

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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