Shipping A Car To Asia
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Most car transport costs from the U.S. to Asia are between $2,500 and $6,000.
- These numbers are very general since the areas are so vast and the specific location and destination can have a big effect on the total.
Shipping/exporting your car to Asia from the United States is certainly a long journey, especially if you don't live on the West Coast. But, it doesn't have to be as complicated as you would think, especially if you follow these guidelines and let a trusted company like A-1 Auto Transport handle the shipping process for you.
It would simply not be practical to ship/import your car to Europe and then have it driven to Asia. You would need to have it shipped/imported by ship to the region. Keep in mind that from the West Coast of the United States, this would be a much easier process. If you happen to live on the East Coast, for example, you would have your car transported to a port on the West Coast, such as in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
With that in mind, the two main shipping methods to send it to Asia are:
- Roll-On, Roll-Off
This method is the most common one that is chosen in shipping/exporting a car to Asia because it's the cheapest method, as well as the easiest. With this method, your car will be rolled up a ramp and then rolled off once it reaches its destination. When your car is placed on the ship, various security straps help to ensure that it's securely fastened. This is important in making sure that the vehicle stays in place on the long journey to Asia.
- Cargo Shipping
Cargo shipping is a more expensive option, but it is also an extremely safe way to get your vehicle to Asia. There are a few advantages that cargo shipping can offer that roll-on, roll-off shipping can't. The first advantage is the fact that a person will be able to ship their personal possessions at the same time as their car since they will have their own shipping container. For someone who is planning on living in Asia for awhile, this will be extremely convenient. The second advantage is that, since there are more cargo ships than ships that do roll-on, roll-off, you're much more likely to be able to ship your vehicle with this option to parts of Asia that are quite remote, such as parts of Southeast Asia.
Of course, if you do decide to place personal items in the shipping container, you will need to let the customs officials know the exact items that are being placed inside, as well as their value. Not doing so can result in heavy fines.
The Destination Makes a Big Difference
It can be pretty straightforward if you're shipping your car to a country in Asia like Japan or South Korea from a logistical standpoint. However, if you're shipping your car to a landlocked country in Asia such as Mongolia, you'll find that it'll be a much more difficult process. Not only is English not as widely spoken in some countries like Mongolia, but you'll have to have your vehicle transported through different countries, as it first has to arrive at a country with a port. You'll need to hire a company that is extremely familiar with all of the different customs regulations in each of the countries and can help you to have your vehicle delivered to your final destination in a timely manner.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Asia
- Customs declaration
- Emissions inspection
- Registration documents
- Customs clearance certificate
- Proof of insurance
- Parking space certificate (some countries only)
The Challenges of Central Asia
In order to reach the countries that comprise Central Asia, which are Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, your vehicle will have to go through difficult cargo transfers, as well as cross multiple borders. However, exacerbating the issue is that these countries do very little in the way of exports, meaning that the shipping containers will often have to be bought by the person who is shipping his or her vehicle. This also means that the Roll-On, Roll-Off option is not available.
As a result, people who choose to ship their vehicle to Central Asia will often be responsible for purchasing their own shipping containers. There are options available for either selling the container to a third party once it reaches its destination or selling it for scrap metal.
Arriving At Its Destination
Once it arrives at its port in Asia, your shipping container that contains your car will either directly be placed on a railway or the container will be opened, in which case your actual car will be placed on the railway wagon.
The second option is much cheaper and is faster, but comes with the added risk of car damage or even theft occurring if you place personal items in the container. That's why you need a trusted company like A-1 Auto Transport to make sure that your car and your personal belongings are handled with the utmost care.
If your car is being delivered to a country in Southeast Asia, it may have to be placed on multiple ferries and ships before it reaches the final city.
If it's being shipped to a landlocked country in Asia, it's recommended that the car is shipped to China first. Two of the main ports in China are:
Once it's placed on the railway, it will head to either Khorgas or Alashankou in Western China, where it will have to be taken off the train and placed on another one, as the rails in Central Asia differ from the ones in China.
Planning is Key
Because of how big Asia is, it's important to plan the shipping route carefully in order to find the cheapest and fastest way. The customs, VATs, and other regulations in each of the countries differ considerably, so you will need a company that is skilled in navigating everything. Furthermore, English isn't always widely spoken by some of the customs officials, so that's another thing to consider.
It's strongly recommended that you obtain comprehensive insurance before you decide to ship to Asia.
The Federal Maritime Commissions website offers many useful tips at http://www.fmc.gov/resources/shipping_your_vehicle_overseas.aspx.
Let A-1 Auto Transport handle shipping your car to Asia and make a complicated task seem simple!
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.