What is the Difference between International and Domestic Boat Shipping?
There is a big difference between international and domestic boat shipping services. It’s good to know this as a person interested in boat shipping services. Not every transport company offer both international and domestic shipping services.
International boat shipping services include transporting a boat to another country. When shipping out from the U.S. the boat is usually transported by a freight ship overseas. You’ll have several shipping methods to choose from including LO/LO shipping, RO/RO shipping, flat rack, containerized, and submersion. A1’s customer service representatives will help you decide if you need assistance.
Some options may not be open to you due to the boat’s size or other details. Along with the difference in transport methods between international and domestic shipping, international shipping includes compliance with foreign import laws.
Domestic shipping is the act of transporting your boat within the same nation. In the U.S., this could be state to state or city to city. Transporting a boat domestically means that you’ll likely use ground transport methods. There not as many shipping options in this case. Depending on the size of your boat, it may be secured to the top of a trailer or inside of a large shipping container.
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.