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You are determined to take your car with you on assignment. Or maybe you can’t part with the one you found on assignment. You know there are other cars. But this is your car. And you want it.
Here’s what you need to know in order to ship your POV overseas.
DOD (Department of Defense) transport has many similarities to a civilian’s experience of travel, with one key difference- it’s most likely not going to cost you more than the price of insurance, licenses and any taxes.
Before you go through all the hullabaloo of preparing to ship your car, determine if the vehicle limitations exclude that which you intend to ship. Because international rules vary widely it is best to see your transportation office for details.
Shipping a privately owned vehicle, “POV”, internationally can be free- if you cross your “i”’s and dot your “t”s, that is.
Determine your eligibility for free DOD global shipping:
Are you currently a member of the US armed forces?
Or are you a DoD civilian or retiree with orders that authorize shipping your POV?
You are typically allowed to ship only one vehicle for free in these circumstances:
The second POV might be subject to an import duty. Check with your sponsor to determine any restrictions on a second POV.
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Just like shipping a civilian vehicle, it is best to remove antenna, external mirrors and other attachments. However, because you are DOD there’s a different reason why. You want to cut down on the external measurements of your POV as much as possible so that you can avoid paying any additional costs wracked up when you go over the maximum size of 40 cubic feet, which measures to 20 tons.
Go in to speak with your local transportation office and overseas sponsor about insurance, taxes and licensing. Again, just like when you ship a civilian car, you will want to take note of any damage before you ship, with dated photographs and descriptions, which you submit to your insurance company. You’ll want to purchase insurance that satisfies the destination country’s requirements in order to make arrangements for yourself ahead of arrival.
You’re going to want to contact your local Vehicle Processing Station for more specifics about when you are eligible to ship your POV, which in most cases depends on the length of your tour overseas.
You will want to carefully review the restrictions regarding what you can and can't ship in your POV. Particularly, don’t forget to remove your Citizen Band (CB) radio as importation and operation of CB radios are prohibited in most overseas places. The removal of any restricted items will cost you, so do your due diligence.
If you have question about DOD shipping your POV overseas--contact us today to learn more! We are happy to offer cost estimates for shipments anywhere in the world ABSOLUTELY FREE! No obligation required and no strings attached! Call us at the number at the top of the page or get in touch through our online contact form today!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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