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Shipping Cars To or From Port of Kansas City

The Port of Kansas City is a well-known harbor located on the Missouri River on marine highway M-70. The Missouri inland waterways offer barge access to both international and domestic shipping. Owing to the droughts suffered in Missouri, the port is not as popular as it used to.

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Here are some tips on shipping cars to or from the port of Kansas City.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time
In Transit
Kansas City to Des Moines$192192 miles1 – 2 days
Chicago to Kansas City$381509 miles2 – 4 days
Kansas City to Nashville$416555 miles2 – 4 days
Columbus to Kansas City$492657 miles3 – 5 days
Kansas City to Washington, D.C.$6341058 miles4 – 6 days
Helena to Kansas City$7541258 miles4 – 6 days
Kansas City to Portland$10771795 miles5 – 7 days
San Jose to Kansas City$11011835 miles5 – 7 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.

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Mode of shipping

You can pick one of two ways when shipping cars to or from the port of Kansas City: Ocean Freight Containers or Roll on Roll Off Vessels.

In RoRo shipping, cars are driven into specialized ships and secured in place in an area that mirrors a parking lot. It is by far the cheapest and simplest way to ship a car but it’s lacking in worldwide coverage. That’s to say you can only depend on the services of RoRo if your port of dispatch boasts of RoRo facilities as well.

Take note that if you are shipping a high-value car, this is not the best method to rely on because such cars require a higher tier of protection and safety. In such circumstances, container shipping is your best bet. In this method, your car will be hauled up by a crane and carefully placed in a 20ft or 40 ft container where its wheels will be chocked down and the body roped to corners of the car.


As long as you’re shipping your vehicle, it will need to be approved by customs before setting sail. The customs clearance process occurs in two ways, physical vehicle inspection and validation of appropriate documents.

In regards to documentation, these are the basic requirements when shipping cars to or from Port of Kansas city:

  • Certificate of Title with no lien holders.
  • Salvage certificate.
  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin or MSO.
  • Bill of sale in the case of lien holders.
  • Vehicles Identification number.
  • Photo identification, e.g. passport or valid driver’s license.

Please note that this is not the exhaustive list of documents. The exact list is dependent on whether your car is new, used or scrap. Also, note that military personnel play by a different set of rules.

As for physical vehicle inspection, your car should be thoroughly cleaned and devoid of any household goods when being shipped via RoRo. It should also be free of aftermarket add-ons; the likes of GPS navigation system and external speakers. Suffice to say, should there be any contraband hidden in your car you are likely to face very steep fines, if not criminal charges.

Port charges

Other than your auto shippers quotation you may also bear the cost of:

  • Customs fees for handling of your cargo.
  • Demurrage – charge levied by your carrier/port for late pick up of vehicle from the destination port terminal.
  • Wharfage – cost bore by importer for accommodations extended at a wharf.

Kindly reach out to us if you need any assistance shipping cars to or from the port of Kansas City.

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 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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