International Car & Motorcycle Shipping | Door To Door
The main difference between international vehicle transport and shipping within the U.S. is that shipping to another country will generally involve the use of a boat instead of (or in addition to) a transport truck. Of course, you may still have to use an overland transport carrier to get your vehicle to the appropriate shipping port.
Not all international shipments need to be done by boat; for instance parts of Mexico and Canada are certainly accessible by truck from the U.S. States and territories outside the mainland U.S. naturally require transport by boat as it would if you were shipping to another country.
Door To Door Overseas Transport
Door to door shipping is exactly what it sounds like. If you need a motorcycle picked up at your current address and shipped to a specific location in Europe, that is what you’ll get. The main portion of the shipping is done on a boat, as mentioned above, with the first and last leg of the shipment done on a transport truck.
Benefits of Door-to-door Shipping
In terms of international and overseas auto shipping, door-to-door service holds a special appeal. If you’re having a car shipped to another country, it’s often much easier to have it delivered to your specific address, versus having to navigate unfamiliar streets in search of the local vehicle shipping terminal.
Preparations & Expectations: Documents & Registration
Any time you have a vehicle shipped to a foreign country, you have to go through the proper channels of licensing and registration. Most countries have a visitors or tourists exception that allows you to apply for a short-term registration of an outside vehicle. For information about shipping to a specific country, visit our international page, or contact us by phone or email with your questions.
As for the documents required when shipping a car to another country, that varies depending on where you’re going. For the most part, the required documents will be identification, proof of license, and registration, local insurance, and the bill of sale or title. Most countries also have a roadworthiness test for imported vehicles, as well as some other requirements as far was what should be kept in the vehicle at all times (typically things like a hazard signs, a first-aid kit, and other items for road safety).
The information for the requirements of each individual country can be found in the drop down menu at the bottom of the international shipping page linked above.
Have questions about international door-to-door auto shipping? Call or email us today and we’ll be happy to help! We are happy to offer all of our readers a FREE, no obligation cost estimate for shipping anywhere in the world!
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.