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Overseas Car Shipping | Auto Transport To Canada

While Canada is not technically overseas from a U.S. perspective, it’s more or less treated the same in terms of car shipping. Just like shipping a car across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, transporting it to our neighbors up north has the same set of rules and regulations, if a little more U.S.-friendly than other import laws. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the basics and key details of having a car transported to Canada.

 

The first thing you’ll want to know about shipping a car to Canada is the most important online resource available: the Registry of Imported Vehicles. It’s the authority on bringing a vehicle into Canada from another country and you should absolutely consult it, even if you’re working with an experienced auto shipper. You can view their page on cost considerations by clicking here--it covers taxes, duties, and associated fees.

 

Luckily, shipping to Canada from the United States is relatively easy because of the relationship between the countries and their similar approach to imports and exports. If you were shipping, for example, to a country that has different levels of taxation, even physical requirements of the vehicle, it can be a little more tricky.

 

If you have questions about transporting a car to Canada, give us a call today to learn how we can help! Our staff of experts is on hand to answer your questions and we’re happy to give our complementary estimates to all interested parties, no questions asked & no payment required.

Going To Canada With Your Car | Preparations & Concerns

 

Preparing your car to ship to another country is not entirely different from shipping it within the U.S. That said, many of our customers had a vehicle shipped so we’ll go over some of the basics that you’ll be required to do before having it picked up for delivery.

 

Keep it clean - You will need to clean the car, both inside and out, before a shipper will pick it up. This is so that any existing damages can easily be spotted and documented, as well as to prevent any items from shifting inside the vehicle during shipment. In most cases, the car needs to be empty when having it shipped overseas--the exception being if you use a shipping container.

 

Document everything - Any time you pay a decent chunk of change for a service like auto shipping, it’s a good idea to document everything possible, every step of the way. If you have a dispute after the fact, you will need some evidence to support your cause if you feel the transporter has damaged your vehicle. Though the industry does have a process for this with a document called the bill of lading, the additional documentation never hurts.

 

Know your options - It can be expensive to ship your car to another country and you can save money by understanding your options. Air freight is a speedy buy expensive options, whereas overland transport to Canada is the most affordable and likely the slowest method. If you use a shipping container or RORO car shipping, the cost/time tradeoff will fall somewhere in the middle. Any reputable and experienced international shipper should be able to explain the details of these options to you.

 

Costs Explained: Overseas Car Shipping Calculator

When trying to calculate the cost of shipping a car overseas, there are many things that need to be taken into account. For one, there’s the challenge of shipping a vehicle over such a long distance. Will you choose air freight, use a shipping container on a boat, or have your car transported using the increasing popular “RORO” method? In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences and examine what sort of cost you can anticipate when having a vehicle shipped between two countries.

 

Air Freight - Air freight is the most expensive way to ship a vehicle, but it’s also the fastest. If you need a car shipping from one country to another and have a short timeframe for delivery, air freight may be your only option. Generally, this service is reserved for high-end, luxury, vintage and exotic cars that have a high value.

 

Containerized Transport - Containerized transport is a great option, especially if you need to ship more than just a vehicle. If you have personal good that need to be sent along as well, a container is the best way to go about it. For most auto transport services, the vehicle has to be completely cleaned and empty prior to shipment. With a container, the extra room can easily accommodate other goods and personal items.

 

Roll on, Roll off (RORO) - Roll on, roll of or “RORO” as it’s often called, is one of the most common ways to ship a vehicle internationally. Essentially, your vehicle is “driven” onto the storage area of a large transport ship, where it is then secured for delivery. Once the ship arrives at its scheduled port, the car is then driven off the ship. It’s one of the easiest and most hassle-free ways to have a car sent to an other country at an affordable price.

 

Breaking Down Costs | Overseas Auto Transport

 

Now that you’re familiar with the options available, we’ll dive into some of the other aspects of shipping a car internationally that contribute to the total cost. In the above section we covered how the method of shipment impacts the price you pay, but there are certainly other factors at play.

 

Fuel Costs - This one is a biggie, regardless of whether you’re shipping a vehicle across state lines or to another country. Gas prices and the other affiliated costs that go along with it definitely play a major role. This doesn’t just apply to overland car shipping, but to hauling a vehicle by boat as well.

 

Taxes & Duties - This is where costs can sneak up on you a little bit. When you ship a car within the U.S., you don’t have any import taxes, duties, or value added tax to worry about. With another country, that’s not always the case and it’s an important consideration since it can add significantly to the cost.

 

Would you like a precise cost estimate for shipping a car to another country? Simply fill out our online quote calculator for a FREE, no obligation estimate or call us today at the number at the top of the page with your questions!

$500 Auto Transport | Finding Affordable Shippers

There was a time when $500 could get your car shipped from coast to coast in the U.S., but those days are long gone. While technology and more efficient practices have helped to streamline the auto transport industry and bring down costs, rising gas prices and the increase of specialized services have counterbalanced those savings. In today’s world, most coast-to-coast auto shipments would run at least $1,000 per car.

 

This raises the question of just how far you can get a car shipped for $500. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some recent numbers that reflect the current value you can find in terms of distance. First, let’s talk about the cheapest way to ship a car in general.

 

There are two major options you have when shipping a vehicle, both of which will affect the total cost. The first is the type of carrier used to transport the vehicle. An open air auto carrier that hauls several cars at once is the cheaper option since the cost is split several ways. Alternately the more pricey option would be an enclosed carrier that usually only moves one or two cars at once.

 

Tied into this is the second option: the method of delivery. If you choose to have a car shipped directly to your home, referred to as door-to-door auto transport, it comes with a higher cost. The more affordable option is to have your car shipped to a delivery terminal where you then pick it up.

 

To sum it up, the best way to find auto transport for $500 or less is to choose an open carrier and delivery to a shipping terminal.

 

 

How Far Can I Ship A Car For $500?


The per-mile cost breakdown of having a car shipped depends, to some extent, on the distance it’s being shipped. To give an example, a car shipped 200 miles will cost more on a per mile basis than the same car shipped 700 miles. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, rates can be as low as 50 cents per mile. On the upper end, it can be close to a dollar per mile. Let’s take a look at some recent numbers to get a better idea.

 

  • Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT - $495
  • Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA - $447
  • Jacksonville, FL to Nashville, TN - $481
  • Indianapolis, IN to Washington, D.C. - $437
  • PIttsburgh, PA to Boston, MA - $459
  • Minneapolis, MN to Chicago, IL - $431

 

If you have questions about affordable auto transport or want a specific price quote, give us a call at the number at the top of the page! All estimates are 100% FREE for all customers, all the time. No payment or obligation required.

Shipping A Car Overseas From Florida

Having a car transported by boat to another country is seldom an easy and smooth process, but there are steps you can take to help tilt things in that direction. Part of the issue is that there are few people that understand the intricacies of shipping a car between countries and sadly, even some of the companies doing it professional don’t have a great handle on all the ins and outs sometimes.

 

One thing that you’ll find is consistent about having a vehicle shipped from the U.S. to another country is that you’ll first have to get it to a port that ships internationally. In the continental U.S. this usually means the east or west coast, with California and Florida having the most accessible ports. (It should be noted that there are other major ports different states as well.)

 

Naturally, it depends where you’re shipping from and where you’re going as to which port makes the most sense, but it generally falls into one of the coastal states full of sunshine and oranges. Naturally, it makes more sense to ship from Florida if you’re headed to Central America, Africa, or western Europe.

 

Have questions about shipping vehicles internationally from Florida or the eastern seaboard? Give us a call today at the number at the top of the page for a FREE, no-obligation cost estimate! We can also answer your questions and provide estimates through our online contact form!

 

International Auto Transport & Florida Shipping Ports

As we’ve established Florida has a great number of shipping ports to choose from in just about every corner of the state. You’d be hard pressed to find a state in the southeast that can rival the number of shipping ports in Florida and only a few major players in maritime trade have more as far as U.S. states are concerned. Here is a listing of the major shipping ports in the state of Florida:

 

  • Port of Fort Pierce
  • Port of Miami
  • Port of Jacksonville
  • Port Everglades
  • Tampa Port Authority
  • Port Canaveral
  • Port of Key West
  • Port of Pensacola
  • Port of St. Petersburg

 

Complexities of International Car Shipping

 

Depending on the country you’re shipping your car to, the process can come with different levels of difficulty. Shipping a car to Canada from the U.S., for example, is going to be easier than shipping the same car to a country in the Middle East. It’s important to understand the various taxes and fees that apply, particularly if you need to make any adjustments to the vehicle.

 

Some countries have legal restrictions based on what type of vehicles can be imported. Some examples include cars that were manufactured before a certain date, those with too high of an engine displacement (we love horsepower here in the U.S.), and those that have opposite drive-side laws.  For more information on these laws and how they apply to international vehicles shipping, click here to view the guidelines from the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations.

The Cost Of Shipping A Car Overseas

Shipping a car overseas is a big job that requires planning, patience, and  organization. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the major costs involved, how you can prepare, and what documents you’ll need to get started. If you feel you have any questions that are not addressed here, we encourage you to either call us at the number at the top of the page or send us a quick email through our online contact form.

 

The vast majority of overseas car shipping is done on a boat and it can be done a couple of ways. One method is referred to as “RORO” auto transport, which is short for “roll on, roll off.” The RORO method involves driving the vehicle into a storage area on the boat, where it is then secured for shipping. Typically, these boats have an area specially designed to store vehicles during transport.

 

The other main method involves transporting your car in a shipping container. Naturally, there are limits based on the dimensions of the vehicle in this case, but it can be a great way to save some money for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that a shipping container can be split between more than one party, thus reducing the cost per person. Secondly, personal items can be shipped along with the vehicle in a shipping container, whereas other methods of shipment require the vehicle to be empty.

 

Pricing Breakdown: International Auto Transport

Now that we have an understanding of what options are available when shipping a car overseas, let’s take a look at the costs and requirements involved.

 

Shipping costs - The cost of shipping, unless you leave near a shipping port, involves two parts. The first is transporting the car from its current location to an authorized shipping port. This part of the process is called overland auto transport. The second leg of the journey is the part that takes place on the boat.

 

Taxes & duties - Beyond the cost of shipping the vehicle, you may also have to pay import tax and/or value added tax on the import of a vehicle. These taxes vary by country and can have a big effect on your final cost. To get an idea of the taxation percentage, you can use this resource. When you’re considering companies to ship your vehicle on your behalf, make sure they have a full and complete understanding of the laws and regulations that apply to importing an automobile.

 

Documents - In order to legally transport a vehicle to another country, you’ll need to have the following documents:

 

  • Original title
  • Notarized bill of sale (depending on the port)
  • Current insurance information
  • Photo ID
  • Power of attorney (if shipping on behalf of someone else)

 

If you have questions about overseas car shipping costs or would like to get started with a FREE, no obligation cost estimate, give us a call at the number at the top of the page! We can also be reached through our online contact form & are happy to answer your questions!