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Shipping Cars To or From Port of Decatur, Alabama

Port of Decatur is seated on the Tennessee River and serves as a transshipment center located in Decatur, Alabama. The port is a major importer and exporter of agricultural and industrial cargo such as asphalt, sand, coal, grains, fertilizers, as well as steel piping. Its strategic position has allowed it to bloom as an economic engine in the area.

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Here’s what to expect when shipping cars to or from Port of Decatur, Alabama.

Mode of shipping

Container shipping is the only method of shipping cars to or from the port of Decatur, Alabama. The initial loading process, more commonly referred to as stuffing, is a meticulous process that needs well-trained personnel. Your car will be hauled up by a crane and carefully placed inside a 40 ft. or a 20 ft. container. To this end, the port of Decatur Alabama boasts of highly skilled workers who carry out this task without so much as a dent or scratch on your car.

After the car is safely inside the container, the wheels will be held down to the floor by use of metal or wooden chocks. Afterwards, the car will be secured into position by lashing it to every corner of the container.


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Preparation

Keep in mind, the better you prepare for your vehicle shipping, the easier you’ll have it with customs clearance and loading. Here is a comprehensive checklist of what to do and what not to do when shipping cars to or from port of Decatur, Alabama.

  • Get rid of all household goods inside the car, e.g. iPods, clothing items, food items, etc.
  • Any after-market add-on such as DVD interfaces, toll tags, car phones, and bumpers should be removed.
  • Your car battery ought to be fully charged and safely secured on the mounting bracket.
  • Run down your fuel tank to between a quarter and a half full to prevent leaks and to keep your car’s weight low.
  • Prepare the car for loading by removing body kits that reduce the ground clearance and by folding car mirrors inwards.
  • Thoroughly wash your car from top to bottom and ensure that no plant life, pet dander or dirt is lodged in the mudguards, dashboard or beneath the car seats.

Documentation

One of the most notable documents is the bill of lading. This is a document detailing the make, model, and manufacture date of the car in which a carrier promises to safely deliver the vehicle in the condition it was prescribed to them. When filling out the bill, ensure to back it up in the following ways:

  • Pen down a personal, date-marked record of dents, chips, or scratches in addition to any other cosmetic damage.
  • Take date-marked photos of the vehicle from many angles, inclusive of close-up shots of any dent or scratch.

Other notable documents required:

  • Certificate of title with no listed liens to ascertain proof of ownership.
  • Photo identification by presenting an unexpired driver’s license or passport.
  • Vehicle identification number.
  • Notarized letter authorizing shipment of vehicle in case of lien holders.

Kindly reach out to us if you need any assistance shipping cars to or from Port of Decatur, Alabama.

Joe Webster

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 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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