Shipping Cars To or From Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland is a unique medium port that serves three masters; a thriving seaport, a vibrant airport, and commercial real estate. As such this Pacific Coast treasure is often abuzz with activity from all three facets and is ranked the 5th busiest port in the United States.
Take a look at the logistics of shipping cars to or from Port of Oakland.
Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples
|Shipping To/From||Cost||Distance||Estimated Time In Transit|
|Port of Oakland to San Diego||$490||490 miles||2 - 4 days|
|Port of Oakland to Salt Lake City||$546||729 miles||3 - 5 days|
|Seattle to Port of Oakland||$600||801 miles||3 - 5 days|
|Chicago to Port of Oakland||$1063||2126 miles||6 - 8 days|
|Port of Oakland to Jacksonville||$1114||2785 miles||7 - 9 days|
|Indianapolis to Port of Oakland||$1134||2268 miles||6 - 8 days|
|Port of Oakland to New York||$1162||2907 miles||7 - 9 days|
|Miami to Port of Oakland||$1240||3102 miles||7 - 9 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.
Choose an appropriate mode of shipping
The Port of Oakland allows for, Container, Ro-Ro and break-bulk modes of dispatch. Of these three, Ro-Ro is the most popular. Here your car will be driven on or off select vessels without requiring the use of a crane. In the event you are shipping a non-motorized vehicle, your vehicle will be loaded and unloaded from the ship by way of towing. Ro-Ro vessels have unique enclosed decks that mirror a run-of-the mill multi-story parking garage. Although this method is quite cost-friendly, it does not offer sufficient protection from the elements.
If your discharge port does not have the option of shipping via Ro-Ro your only recourse is the conventional break bulk or container shipping. In break bulk, your vehicle will be loaded in a container alongside other vehicles whereas in container shipping your vehicle is loaded in a 20ft container by itself.
The downside to traditional break-bulk shipping is that your automobile could be subject to cosmetic damage when unloading and or loading, seeing as ropes or chains must be used. One wrong move could easily dent your car. On the flip side, if done right, your automobile will enjoy added protection from the elements at half the cost of container shipping.
Listed below are the most necessary documents when shipping cars to or from the port of Oakland.
At the harbour:
- Six copies of dock receipt specifying the make, year, serial number plus model of the automobile to be shipped. It also includes the booking number of your carrier, port of discharge and loading as well as vessel name.
Us custom requirements
- Original proof of ownership document
- Copies of the certificate of origin
- Stamped and signed copy of dock receipt issued by loading port
The US customs will run the vehicle identification number through NCIC system to ascertain that the automobile has not been reported stolen. This process will take close to 72 hours before your car can be cleared for overseas shipment.
Choose a shipping firm offering excellent maritime insurance
Invest in a good marine insurance when shipping cars to or from Port of Oakland. Let your shipping agent explain in detail the tiers of marine insurance covers they offer and to what extent each protects you. The standard one is often 2% of the total value of the automobile and caters for any damage while on transit as well as possible theft. However, if your budget permits, the best maritime insurance is that which covers up to 2.5% of the total value of the automobile. At A-1 auto transport, we offer individualized insurance covers.
Kindly reach out to us if you need any assistance.
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.