Power of attorney, as it relates to auto transport, is the required document that allows the shipper (referred to as the consignor) to act on your behalf in matters of customs and legal issues. Unless you plan on being present at the port when your car is being exported, the company moving it will need to have power of attorney to move your car overseas. On the customer side, this arrangement is helpful since the shipper takes care of all the red tape, which helps speed things along and prevent delays and unexpected costs.
The power of attorney form, which must be authenticated by a notary public, allows the company shipping your vehicle to handle any issues relating to import and export laws, taxes and procedures. (Believe us when we say that it pays to have a shipper with some experience if and when an issue does arise!) In addition to authorizing power of attorney, the company you hire to move your car will also need to the following documentation from you:
- Title (original)
- Letter from lien holder, if applicable
- Current insurance information
- Bill of sale
- Proof of paid state sales taxes
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Understanding Power Of Attorney & Exercising Caution
Most international auto moving companies will have their own power of attorney form for you to sign and have notarized. Be sure you read over the terms of the agreement very carefully! Power of attorney authorizes another party to make decisions for you and that should not be taken lightly. The terms of the document should pertain only to the services being performed by the company. In other words, the power of attorney form should clearly state that it is valid for the specific act of transporting the vehicle and nothing else. This “limited” authorization is referred to as a special power of attorney. You can learn more about the different types of power of attorney documents here.
If it’s not clear at this point, we’ll come right out and say it: make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company when it comes to shipping a vehicle internationally. Shipping overseas can be a complicated process and it requires a good understanding of international law, delivery routes, and shipping ports. Before you consider signing over power of attorney to an auto carrier, put in the due diligence to make sure they have the experience and track record to trust with your car.
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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.