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 increasingly 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 a personal good that needs 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 another 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.
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Written By:Joe Webster
Joe 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 auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.