Roll on & Roll off (RORO) Shipping Costs

Deliver Your Vehicle Stress Free

Compare our rates to or from: any location in the world

  • Deliver Your Car Stress Free and Have Peace of Mind
  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured Carriers Near You
  • Award Winning Service, Always on Time

Trusted By:Trusted By Seals

Estimate your Auto Shipping Cost Free

It takes less than 30 seconds.

Or Call Us:
Roll on & Roll off (RORO) Shipping Costs
Roll on & Roll off (RORO) Shipping Costs

RORO or “Roll on and roll off” refers to the term international shipping companies use when they ship cargo with wheels which can be driven or rolled on and off the ship. This kind of shipping was introduced by Japanese car companies who needed to ship their cars overseas by driving them directly to these specially designed ships called “vehicle carriers”. RO-RO is a good way and efficient way to ship your car from one country to another, especially since RORO shipping costs are quite low.

Why Not Use Containe.

You can use RO-RO or container to ship your car but why do most people recommend RO-RO and not container? Simply put, RO-RO is very easy and is also cheaper than using a container. It works out cheaper because of the following reasons -:

  • The cars are just driven into the vessel and then secured down on the decks. Once secured, you can be sure that they are safe from wind, rain and from rolling waves.
  • There is no packing required and there is no need to hire or pay for export warehouse for car crating.
  • Also when you opt for a container, be prepared to face a lot more paperwork for international shipments. So get in touch with a company who will be able to advise you on what to choose for your car.

When to Use a Container.

While RO-RO shipping is done for all major international ports, it is not available for remote and smaller ports. In such cases, when there is no RO-RO shipping service available for a port, then the only option left is taking a container. Also, use a container when you want to get protected shipping for your car.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Tips to Lower Your RO-RO Shipping Costs.

Even though RORO is the cheapest way to get your car shipped, here are a few tips to lower your RORO shipping costs.

  • Condition of the car – when your car is not in a drivable condition, then there will be additional charges to get it hauled or towed inside the ship. So to avoid paying extra, make sure that your car is in a good condition.
  • Door-to-door shipping – this is the most expensive kind of shipping and you can cut costs when you drive your car to the terminal and then pick it up from the destination terminal again.
  • Insurance – get only the cargo insurance that you actually need and not what the moving company tries to foist upon you. Usually, insurance will cost around 2% of the total value insured and there might also be a base fee which could be an additional $65 to handle the processing charges and to get it mailed or faxed to you. So it does not hurt to look around for companies that sell the same package at competitive rates.
  • Protection – when the car that you are getting shipped is not a new or expensive one, you can choose the lower protection deals and not go in for the more expensive protection schemes.
  • Choosing the route – shipping companies will charge a whole lot more when they have to change their route for you. Instead just look around for ships that take your route to avoid custom shipping rates.
  • RORO tracking - When time is not a constraint, you do not have to choose things that will cost you extra, such as RORO tracking.
  • Shipping time - Generally the shipping costs will be higher during summer and lower during winter. So if your car is not going to be affected by the weather, then get it shipped during the cheaper winter months when the business is low.

Other Costs To Expect.

There could be a terminal handling fee which you might be required to pay at the starting point. It could be anywhere around $40 -$190 depending upon the destination port. There might be import duties as well, which the shipping company must find out for you beforehand from the Consulate of the destination country or you can do the same yourself by taking a look at . There might also be an extra cost of $175 when you expect your shipping company to clear your title for you but you can also do it on your own to cut costs.

Share this content on social media
for a chance to get up to 15% off your next shipment.
Copy link

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.

Email Me

Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

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!

Visit our social, and see for see what our clients saying about us

A-1 Auto Transport Serves the World

We ship to locations in all 50 states and countries across the world.

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak to Directly to Our Sales Team:

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2021, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.