Shipping Your Car to South Africa from the USA
If your intention is to stay in South Africa for an extended period of time, you might want to consider shipping your vehicle there. International car shipping is easy and affordable and will save you from overpaying for public transport.
Navigating South Africa in the comfort of your own car will also help you gain a deeper understanding of the road network.
Road systems in other countries are different outside of the U.S. So make sure to study on how to drive safely in South Africa. Depending on customs rules and regulations and the method used, your vehicle may not be eligible for transport. Contact the South African Embassy for import laws and tax rates.
Methods Used to Transport Cars Overseas.
- Roll on Roll off - The RO/RO method is the most common way to ship a car outside of the U.S. After your vehicle has been inspected, it will be loaded onto the deck of the vessel and secured. With this option, all personal items must be removed from the vehicle. Items left inside of the vehicle cannot be insured by the shipping company.
- Container - This is not as popular as the RO/RO method because it is a more expensive option. This is the most secure shipping solution available. Your vehicle will be behind locked doors for the entire trip protected against the elements. Shippers are permitted to load other household goods into their vehicles and the extra space of the container. This shipping method is especially useful for anyone permanently relocating.
How Much does International Car Transport Cost?
There are a lot of different factors that come into the picture when calculating a total for shipping a car overseas. Distance, the method used, and the make and model all make up a part of the bill. Reputable companies offer deals and have flexible prices.
Make sure to gather quotes from at least three different businesses. Avoid companies that do not have a website or offer prices that sound too good to be true. Also, make sure that your vehicle is being handled by a company that specializes in auto transport before allowing the car to ship to South Africa.
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.