Shipping Cars To or From Port of Miami
Florida’s Second largest city – Miami – is renowned for many attractions. Aside from being an all-time favorite for many tourists, thanks to its lavish beaches, it also doubles as a key economic player with its large pool of leading companies in the country. Added to this is the flourishing ocean port of Miami that is a global link for cargo housed within the east-west and north-south trade lanes. This Port has done a tremendous job in connecting world markets to the United States. In its totality, it accounts for billions of dollars and employs hundreds of thousands of people in the State of Florida – and beyond.
It specializes in a wide range of heavy duty cargo inclusive of cars. Other than finding a reliable auto mover this is what you ought to consider when shipping cars to or from Port of Miami.
Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples
|Shipping To/From||Cost||Distance||Estimated Time In Transit|
|Jacksonville to Port Of Manatee||$229||229 miles||2-4 days|
|Port Of Manatee to Charlotte||$457||609 miles||3-5 days|
|Port Of Manatee to Atlanta||$486||486 miles||2-4 days|
|Port Of Manatee to Austin||$704||1174 miles||4-6 days|
|San Antonio to Port Of Manatee||$724||1206 miles||4-6 days|
|Port Of Manatee to Kansas City||$771||1285 miles||4-6 days|
|Minneapolis to Port Of Manatee||$968||1613 miles||5-7 days|
|San Diego to Port Of Manatee||$1240||2479 miles||7-9 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.
Mode of Shipping
The cheapest and simplest method when shipping cars to or from the Port of Miami is undoubtedly Roll on Roll off, or as it's more affectionately dubbed ‘RoRo’. Should you fancy this shipping method, your car will be simply driven into a RoRo ship, braced, and secured to the deck. The RoRo vessel is both water and wind-tight, so no need to fret about damage from these elements. Take note that no personal items in the car are allowed when utilizing this method seeing as it adds onto the weight of the vehicle. The only exception to this rule is factory fitted accessories and spare tires.
The only drawback to RoRo shipping is the geographical coverage. Although RoRo boasts of global routes, it's still not as far-stretched as container shipping. Overseas destinations served using the RoRo service from the Port of Miami include; Mediterranean, South and Central America, New Zealand, and Asia. However, you’d be hard pressed to find this service in many African ports.
You can also go for container shipping when shipping cars to or from Port of Miami. This method is best-suited for transporting antique and high-end cars that require added protection. The two main variations of container shipping at the port of Miami is the 20 ft. container and break bulk. The former is where your car will be secured singly in a container whereas in the latter there will be more than one car in the container. While break bulk may be more cost-effective, it often takes longer to find cars that are bound for the same destination to be packed in the same container.
Customs and Clearance
Whether you are using container shipping or RoRo, your car needs to be first cleared by customs. Custom clearance involves submitting the appropriate paperwork, being subjected to vehicle inspection, and payment of customs fees. Vehicle inspection for RoRo is rather easy seeing as nothing is permitted in the car, the customs agent may just take a sneak peek through your window to ascertain indeed there is no contraband. On the flip side, customs inspection of containers is more detailed and involves a thorough search of the entire car.
Kindly reach out to us if you need any assistance shipping through the Port of Miami.
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.