How to Ship Cars Overseas from Florida
It is possible to have your car shipped safely from the Florida to another nation. By hiring a licensed transport company to handle your vehicle’s relocation, you can rest assured that it will arrive lawfully and safely make it into the nation. An international transport company with a longstanding history and plenty of experience will have the knowledge and training they need to help you comply with the import laws set by the country you need to have your vehicle delivered to.
Complying with the import policies of another country is one of the most stressful, confusing and worrisome parts of the shipping process. The transporter you hired will provide their assistance as you prepare the proof you need for Customs. This proof will contain various documents including proof that you paid the nation’s import taxes in full. The only way your vehicle can lawfully be imported is if it is approved for import approval and given the right verification.
Transport Methods for International Deliveries
The open air method referred to as RO/RO transport is the cheapest and most cost effective form of overseas auto delivery. You must completely clean, prepare and empty the vehicle before it is picked up by the shipping company. The car is left susceptible to poor weather and other outdoor elements during its travels from Florida to the other country. However, this lack of protection is rarely a concern especially since every U.S. state sets minimum insurance requirements for licensed transport companies. If you’d like full protection, ask to purchase additional insurance coverage.
There is another favored method of shipping a car off to another nation. Container shipping is a great option for any shipping customer with the need to ship other belongings to the nation along with their car. Although this method of overseas transport is a little more expensive than the RO/RO method, it presents a lot more options and security. For instance, you will be able to choose between several container sizes and your possessions can be packed inside the vehicle and remaining container space.
Regardless of the method of shipping you choose for your car’s journey out of Florida, you must make sure it meets all the requirements. If you decide to choose enclosed shipping so that you can send along other belongings with your vehicle, all items must meet these restrictions. Proof is required by Customs but your transporter will help you with gathering all that is needed.
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.
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