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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car Overseas?
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Cost of Shipping a Car Overseas

Shipping a car overseas is different from shipping within the continental U.S. for two main reasons. The first is that shipping a car to another country usually means putting your car on a boat that transports it to a port near the destination. The second is that there are import taxes and documents required that are not in play when shipping domestically.

Transport Methods

There are two main options for transporting a car by boat. Providing the car can fit, a shipping container is often used since they are the preferred method for shipping all types of cargo around the world. Containers are easily stackable on ships and just as easily transferred to a truck bed for overland transport.

The other method is called “roll on, roll off” or “RORO” for short. In this case, the car is driven onto the transport boat and secured in the cargo deck using special equipment, straps, and tie-downs. Once the boat arrives, the car is driven off. RORO is a bit more straightforward since it doesn’t require the loading and unloading of containers.

Taxes

Import taxes should be one of the first things you look up when considering shipping a car to another country. Not only can taxes add on to your shipping costs, but they can even be so high as to cost more than the price of transport for some countries.

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International Car Shipping Costs Explained

One of the most important aspects of shipping a car overseas are the required documents. Not only can your vehicle be denied if you’re missing the right paperwork, but it can be a serious unexpected costs, not to mention the delays in getting access to your car.

To further complicate things, the paperwork is different depending on which country you’re shipping to so it’s an important aspect to get a handle on. If you need more information as to the paperwork and requirements for shipping to a specific country, this resource has more information about the specifics.

Yet another potential cost factor in overseas shipping is the shipping required to get the vehicle to a shipping port. If you’re shipping from Los Angeles, San Diego, or Baltimore, this isn’t much of an issue. However, if you’re not near a major seaport, it’s important to factor in the cost of getting the car to a seaport where it can be loaded onto a ship.

Overland shipping rates are also based on distance, so the longer the trip to the port, the more it will likely cost.

Want to save money on the cost of shipping a car overseas? Call us today at the number at the top of the page to learn about our services, or if you’d like a FREE price quote! Our staff are happy to answer your questions and explain any aspects of overseas shipping!


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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.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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NO. 025646
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