Worldwide Car Shipping | Overseas & International Vehicle Transport
If you’re shipping a car to another country, it’s most likely being transported on a boat. This is a very common way to move not just cars and trucks, but just about any type of cargo you can imagine, from one shipping port to another all over the world. Most of the items being hauled by ship are stored in shipping containers to make it easier to move them in bulk, but cars are usually shipped differently. (Vehicles can be transported internationally by shipping container providing they fit properly and can be secured.)
The most frequently used method for moving vehicles to different parts of the world is a process called “RORO,” which stands for “roll on, roll off.” In simple terms, it means the vehicle is driven (rolled) onto a transport ship and stored for the trip then driven off when it arrives at the destination. It’s a very efficient and easy method to use when shipping internationally.
An important thing to keep in mind when looking for an overseas or international auto shipper is that not every company can ship to every location. As an example, some transporters may specialize in shipping only within the continental U.S., or if they do ship internationally, may only operate in certain regions or countries.
Since this is the case, the first step you should take, even before contacting a company for an estimate, is to make sure they deliver to the part of the world you need your car shipped to. This should be relatively easy information to find—there should be a web page with location information and, ideally, an article explaining the specifics of shipping to that area.
Worldwide Car Shipping: Understanding Options
- Air Freight - As we mentioned in the first section, most overseas auto transport is done by boat, but that isn’t the only option. There is also air freight available (using a plane to transport a vehicle), but it is significantly more expensive than other available methods.
- Insurance - Insurance is included as part of the price you pay for shipping. This is an industrywide regulation that applies to all carriers, whether they’re shipping your car to Canada or to Europe. There is a minimum requirement for insurance coverage that must be met by any company that moves cars and it covers any damages incurred at the fault of the company.
- Personal Items - If you need to ship personal items along with your vehicle, there is a preferred method you should use: containerized car shipping. When cars are shipped, they generally cannot have anything stored inside of them. With a shipping container, the vehicle only takes up part of the allotted space, leaving room for additional items to be shipped along with it. This is an especially good option if you’re making a long-term or permanent move to another country.
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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.