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Import/Export Freight Shipping

Import/Export Freight Shipping
Import/Export Freight Shipping

International import and export shipping involves the transport of goods between countries. International shipments can be much more complicated than domestic shipments. When cargo crosses a border, it is usually subjected to inspection. 

If you are planning to import or export a vehicle, you will need to understand the complex legal requirements set out by the importing country. Regulations can vary depending on which country you are shipping to. 

While some countries have specific regulations regarding vehicle registration, documentation, and insurance, other countries are more relaxed. Make sure you understand exactly what is required before beginning your shipment to avoid legal complications.

Importing or Exporting a Vehicle? A-1 Auto Can Help

If you are trying to arrange an export or import, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of the legal requirements. We are here to help. At A-1 Auto, we are highly experienced when it comes to international shipments. Our wide range of shipping services can accommodate shipments to just about any country in the world. 

Importing to/ Exporting From the UK

If you’re shipping a vehicle between the US and the UK, A-1 Auto can simplify the process. The cost of this shipment can range from $2,300 to $4,800, depending on how far the vehicle is traveling. These prices include ground (truck) transport for your car. Enquire about driving your vehicle to the port of departure to save on ground transport costs.

For every UK shipment, you will need the following documentation:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Proof of Ownership (registration)
  • Insurance certificate
  • Passport
  • C104A (import document)

We are very experienced in imports and exports to and from the UK. If you have any questions about what these documents are or where to find them, we will be happy to assist you.

Importing to/ Exporting From Canada

Canada exports or imports can be a little simpler and cheaper than shipments that cross an ocean. We ship vehicles to and from Canada by both ground and ocean. If you are unsure about which option will suit you best, our team of experts will help you to determine which method will be the most cost and time-efficient.

The cost of shipping a car to or from Canada can be as much as $2,500. The cost will depend on the shipment method, distance, and duty costs, if applicable.

For Canadian shipments, you will likely be asked for the following documentation:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Recall clearance letter
  • Bill of Sake
  • Original Title
  • Certificate of insurance

Why Choose A-1 Auto Transport For Your Imports and Exports

With decades of experience, A-1 Auto Transport can ensure the smooth and seamless international delivery of your vehicle by air or sea. Our experts will help you every step of the way, so you won’t need to get bogged down with logistics and legal jargon. Our in-depth understanding of the international freight industry means that you can rest easy, knowing that your vehicle will be subjected to a few delays and complications as possible.

In addition to our knowledgeable and reliable customer service team, you’ll also love our:

  • Real-time GPS tracking system
  • Full insurance coverage in case of unexpected damage
  • Free quote estimate
  • Licensed, bonded carriers

Get Started With Importing or Exporting Your Vehicle

If you are ready to speak with us about importing or exporting a vehicle, start by using our online quote estimate service. This is a no-cost, no-obligation service, so you’ll be able to consider your options before committing to a shipment. Or, you are more than welcome to give us a call at 1-800-452-2880 to speak to someone from our highly experienced team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

FAQs About Import and Export Shipping

If you have questions about importing or exporting your vehicle, give us a call now, or see if we can answer your query below.

What Documents Will I Need To Provide?

As you can see above, the required documents vary depending on which country your car is traveling to or from. When you set up a shipment with us, we will give you detailed information about which documents are needed. In most cases, these documents will include a passport, a driver’s license, car registration, and the bill of lading. 

How Long Will Shipping Take?

Shipment times vary depending on the distance. Ocean shipments can take several weeks. Your shipment may also be subjected to handling delays at the port or at the border. Don’t worry—our delivery estimates are extremely reliable. Plus, our excellent satellite tracking system will keep you updated on your shipment’s progress every step of the journey. 

How Much Will Shipment Cost?

Again, costs can vary. Save money by driving your vehicle to the port of departure rather than hiring ground transport. If you aren’t on a specific schedule, you can also save money by selecting a longer journey. If you want to know how much you are likely to pay, try our instant quote generator online now.

Do I Need To Pay Taxes Or Duties?

Most imports and exports are subject to duties and VAT fees. In some cases, duties and VAT may be waived if you are moving to the destination permanently, you are returning a vehicle to its original country, or you are only using your vehicle in another country for a short period. Of course, these rules vary from country to country.

Does My Type Of Car Matter?

Unfortunately, yes. The type of car you have will make a difference. If your car is older than ten years old, you may run into complications. Or, if your car is a classic, antique car, you may also be required to provide additional documentation, and to pay additional fees. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your specific car type, our team of experts is here to help. Simply give us a call and explain your situation. We will give you all the relevant details to help you plan your shipment as quickly as possible.

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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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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
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
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NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
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