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Shipping A Car Overseas For Military Members
Shipping A Car Overseas For Military Members

How to Ship A Car Overseas For Military Members?

In this blog post, we explore the process of shipping a privately owned vehicle overseas, as well as the options you have available when doing so. It’s very important to understand the intricacies of shipping a vehicle overseas, as there are many laws, taxes, and regulations that apply, as well as the procedural steps you’ll need to take as a member of the military. Some of the more common questions are answered below and we encourage readers to call us with questions that are not addressed here.

What limitations & restrictions should I know about? Some countries do have requirements that limit the types of vehicles that may be brought in. Generally, these restrictions are based on either the age of the vehicle, the engine displacement, and in a few parts of the world, which side of the vehicle the steering wheel is on. For more information on this topic, contact your Personal Property Officer.

What documents are required to ship a vehicle overseas? There are a few documents that you must have in order to ship a POV internationally. A valid government ID is required, as are your official orders and proof of ownership (a legal copy of the title in your name). If the car has a lien or is being leased, appropriate authorization from the lien holder or leasing company is also required.

 Will the government pay for my POV to be shipped overseas? In some cases, yes, the government will pay for shipping a POV. However, those cases are rather rare and certain criteria must be met in order to qualify. For OCONUS POV shipments, authorization is based on whether or not the transport provides some level of benefit to the government. If you are unsure if you quality, you should check with your nearest vehicle processing center (VPC).

 If you have questions about researching or working with commercial auto transport companies, the section below will provide some insight as to how to go about finding a reliable option.

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Guide To Shipping A POV With A Commercial Shipper.

Experience Counts - As with any service, experience counts and this goes doubly so when shipping to another country. Perhaps even more so when you factor in the military element--you should find an auto transporter that not only knows their way around international shipments but also provides POV shipping on a regular basis.

 Comparing companies - In addition to an experienced shipper, you’ll also want to consider the level of service provided, as well as the cost. In terms of service, that can best be assessed by calling the office of a prospective company and asking a few questions. They should be happy to answer all your questions and provide you with a free price quote.

 Discounts - Many overseas auto shippers offer discounts to members of the military, but they are not always advertised! When calling companies to compare what they offer, be sure to ask if they have such a program!

 Have questions about shipping a car overseas that aren’t answered here? Call us at the number at the top of the page and one of our staff will be happy to help! We also offer FREE cost estimates to all interested parties; no payment or obligation required! Call or email us today!

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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 - info@a1autotransport.com

Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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