Every year, shipping companies transport thousands of vehicles to foreign countries around the world. Every country has different regulations to follow which must be followed in order to ensure nothing goes wrong. The process of transporting an automobile overseas can be a complicated process, but a reputable shipping service can make the experience much less of a headache.
Options for Importing a Vehicle.
- Temporary- If you are temporarily employed in Suez, you will need to present a workers permit as well as a work residence visa. Expense for the delivery must be paid in full including the cost for customs duty and tax.
- Permanent- New cars being shipped to Suez must be transported 1 year since the date it was manufactured. The customer must also prove that their never had a previous owner in order to transport their car.
Methods Used to Transport a Vehicle.
- Roll On, Roll Off- Customs requires anyone transport their vehicle by this method to remove any valuables from the vehicle. The vehicle must be operable and capable of being rolled on and off of the ship. This method applies to many different types of vehicles such as cars, trucks, RV’s, bulldozers, and even mobile homes.
- Container Shipping- Container transportation is a more expensive way to transport vehicles. This option allows customers to store valuables within the vehicle and inside of the container itself. House hold items should be transported into Suez on a separate container but this isn’t a requirement.
Preparing a Vehicle for an Overseas Voyage.
After you have contacted the shipping service, scheduled a ship date and paid your fees, document any damages to the vehicle. Make sure to top off all of the fluids, check the tire pressure and battery charge as well. You will also want to get the vehicle inspected and fully serviced so the car is ready to be driven.
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.