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Overseas Auto Transport | What Is Power Of Attorney & Do You Need It?

Overseas Auto Transport | What Is Power Of Attorney & Do You Need It?
Overseas Auto Transport | What Is Power Of Attorney & Do You Need It?

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

Are you a member of the military that needs information about power of attorney and overseas transport for a POV? This checklist from Military.com will make sure you have everything in order.

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.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

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.

Need a vehicle delivered from the U.S. to a location overseas? Visit our international car shipping page to learn about the cities and countries we ship to around the world!

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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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