Ship Your Car To Or From South Korea
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Shipping a car to South Korea from the United States will generally cost from $2,400 to $5,500.
- Most shipments to the area are done in a shipping container, which can fit most standard sized cars (larger vehicles may carry an additional cost).
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to South Korea
|Los Angeles to (California port) to Busan||$350||$1,900||5+14|
|Boston, MA to (New York port) to Busan||$400||$2,100||5+35|
|Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to Busan||$450||$1,900||5+14|
|Seattle, WA to (California port) to Incheon||$550||$2,000||6+14|
|Charlotte, NC to (New York port) to Incheon||$575||$2,000||6+35|
|Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Incheon||$700||$2,000||6+35|
|Denver, CO to (California port) to Incheon||$775||$2,000||7+14|
|Memphis, TN to (New York port) to Incheon||$800||$2,000||6+35|
|Miami, FL to (New York port) to Busan||$925||$2,100||7+35|
|Dallas, TX to (California port) to Busan||$1,025||$1,900||7+14|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
Popular Shipping Destinations
Wherever you live in the United States, you’ll have to get your vehicle to a port city that has departures for South Korea, if you’re thinking about shipping your vehicle there. That means you’ll need to hire an international shipper that actually arranges shipments there, and is conversant with all the requirements, rules, and regulations of the country.
Choosing the right shipping agent might be the single most important step you take when preparing to ship your vehicle to South Korea, because the right shipper can smooth the way for a hassle-free transit between the two countries, and will be knowledgeable about what needs to be done to minimize any delays through Korean Customs.
The questions that your shipper will ask you right up front have to do with how you intend to transport your vehicle to the departure point in the U.S. There are numerous port cities on each of the three coasts of America, so the departure port will depend on where you live and which ports your international shipper uses.
Your shipper will probably offer a door-to-port service wherein your car is retrieved right from your doorstep and transported to the port city, or to save some cost you can drive it there yourself.
When the vehicle is being shipped overseas, you will have to decide whether you want it shipped via RORO shipping (Roll-on/Roll-off) or via container. The difference is that with RORO, your vehicle is driven under its own power onto and off from the ship, and if containerized it will be hoisted on and off by a crane. Of course, making the trip in a container will also protect it from the elements as well, whereas just being secured to the deck with RORO is the cheaper and less sheltered method.
It is always a good idea to thoroughly inspect your vehicle before a long shipment like this, even taking photos for documentation purposes, so that you can be positive of its condition before shipping. This can then be compared with its condition upon arrival to be sure that no damage was incurred during shipping.
Most shipping carriers have insurance on vehicles being shipped, but if your vehicle is an especially expensive one or if it can be considered some kind of classic vehicle, you may want to consider carrying extra insurance of your own.
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Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To South Korea
- Purchase invoice.
- Proof of insurance.
- Customs declaration (original and copy)
- Inventory list & bill of lading.
- Passport and work visa.
Rules, Regulations, Requirements
On the U.S. side, you will need to consult with the Customs and Border Protection agency (or else your shipping agent will) to establish proof of ownership, clear title, registration, and driver licensure.
To do this, you will need to provide a bill of sale with your name on it, and the original title showing no liens against the vehicle. If there is still a lien on the car, it will be necessary to have a notarized document from the lien holder authorizing the export of the vehicle.
Your shipper will probably be aware of all customs regulations in port at South Korea, but if you want to acquaint yourself with some of them as well, it is advisable to contact the South Korean Embassy in the U.S. for that.
In general, though, there will be a duty on any foreign vehicle coming into the country, regardless of its new or used status, and such vehicles may not be sold or transferred within the country for a period of at least three years.
Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To South Korea
Without all the proper components, shipping heavy equipment or oversized cargo to South Korea from the United States will prove to be difficult. It takes ground and sea haulers, and high quality shipping materials and equipment. Some familiarity with foreign import policies is also needed to safely carry out an overseas transport. Luckily, there no need to search to hard for the right transport company. A1 Auto Transport can help anyone looking to transport their heavy equipment or oversized cargo to another country.
For more insight as to what we’re able to ship, here’s a condensed list of the heavy and oversized equipment we’re able to deliver overseas...
- Backhoes and excavators
- RVs and motorhomes
- Industrial equipment
- Farm equipment
- Motor graders
- Fork lifts
- Bulldozers, dump trucks and forklifts
- Hydraulic equipment
- Oversized engines
- Pile drivers
- Large trucks & heavy vehicles
- Engineering equipment
- Agricultural equipment
- Mining equipment
How You Can Transport Your Cargo to South Korea through A1
There are various shipping methods available through A1 contingent on the type of cargo you have. When you call in for a free quote and to schedule your international delivery process, our representatives will discuss your options with you once you answer a few of their questions regarding your cargo. Below, you’ll find a brief description of each of our international shipping methods.
- Lift On/Lift Off (LoLo Shipping)- By using a crane, we will carefully lift your cargo up and place it on the boat. Once it reaches South Korea, it will be lifted off the ship with the crane. We usually recommend this service to those with inoperable equipment and vehicles or crated heavy equipment.
- Roll On/Roll Off (RoRo Shipping)- This is the most inexpensive open air shipping option available. With the aid of a ramp, your equipment or vehicle must drive onto and off of the boat.
- Container Shipping- If your heavy equipment can fit inside of a 40ft shipping container, then this enclosed method of transport is open to you. This service provides more protection so it tends to cost slightly more.
- Flat Rack Shipping- With this open air shipping method your cargo is strapped to a large metal frame before it is placed atop the ship.
Related Information & FAQs
- Can I ship my car to South Korea from the US?
- How much does it cost to ship a car to South Korea through an overseas auto transport company?
- Is it too hard to ship a car from the USA to South Korea?
- Is it worth shipping a car to South Korea?
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.